TV Highlights

Odyssey

BBC Two - 9.15pm

Who's in it?

Anna Friel shows off her American accent in this gritty, zeitgeisty geopolitical thriller which will inevitably become everyone’s favourite show. Might as well jump on the bandwagon as it gets rolling.

In a nutshell

Ever watched Homeland and thought “This is good, but I wish it had Anna Friel as well as a considerably more pretentious-sounding title”? Well then, you’re in luck with Odyssey. It’s squarely in the same genre of globetrotting, military/political thrillers, and all you need to do in order to enjoy it is stop thinking about Anna Friel’s accent. It’s actually quite a good accent, going by the trailers, but you’ll keep thinking of her deliberately putting it on, and it will distract you. Stop it. Brookside was AGES ago.

Anyway, she plays an American soldier who discovers a terrible conspiracy involving a massive US mining company and a little upstart terrorist outfit called Al-Qaeda. You may have heard of it. Before you can say “9/11 was an inside job!” she gets the evidence on a flash drive, but then – in another bit of zeitgeist box-ticking – a drone strike hits her unit, and she’s feared dead. She’s not dead though, because that would make for quite a dull show. Oh, and there’s also a sub-plot involving a corporate lawyer in New York, and some G8 protestors too. It’s sweeping and epic that way.

What's the verdict?

While it may not have the sheen and prestige and attention-grabbing premise of Homeland, this should definitely satisfy viewers hungering for a bit of edgy political mayhem. It’s also got Anna Friel getting chased through the Sahara, which should be fun too.

Record Odyssey now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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07-07-2011