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What's on Friday 27th February

The Blacklist

Sky Living - 9pm

Who's in it?

James Spader is back in his hat as Raymond "Red" Reddington, the good bad guy (or should that be bad good guy?) leading the FBI on a merry adventure in this thrilling series.

In a nutshell

Remember when James Spader was a svelte-faced movie actor best known for playing delicate eccentrics? It's hard to associate the current Spader – bulgy, flamboyant, wickedly funny – with the ethereal young man who first wowed audiences in the indie classic Sex, Lies and Videotape. But we like the transition. Especially as he's so darn good in The Blacklist, as a former fugitive helping Feds to track down the worst villains in the world.

It’s great fun, mainly thanks to Spader’s scene-stealing turn, and the series resumes tonight with Red being nabbed by criminals agents. What kinds of criminal agents? Don’t ask us: this is a show that’s got more twists than a Curly-Wurly, but what we can tell you is that the brilliantly ogre-faced Hellboy actor Ron Perlman is turning up as someone with ties to Red’s past…

What's the verdict?

Along with Hannibal, The Blacklist is one of the two shows that'll make people who never thought they'd watch Sky Living... watch Sky Living. If you're late to the party, never mind about the back story: this is James Spader being awesome. And that's reason enough to watch it.

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