In this timely and ambitious four-part dramatic series, director Sean Durkin and celebrated British television writer Tony Grisoni tell the tragic tale of a “sleepy little English market town” turned upside down when one of its little-liked residents turns his guns on his fellow citizens.
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I feel very conflicted about this. The subject is inherently harrowing and dramatic, and I think it's handled with delicacy and respect. In particular, I like the middle episodes that focus on acute portraits of grief. Too often, though, I felt missteps in characters' motivations and actions that took me out of the story, and I'm not sure I agree with its ultimate premise: "we should have seen the signs."
A powerful miniseries from the writer of the intense Red Riding trilogy. Unfortunately, this series begins much better than it ends. The first two chapters are alluring, beautiful, and haunting in their realism - but by the final episode, it feels like all steam has been lost. There are too many loose ends. While it may be an artistic choice instead of an oversight, it is just too frustrating.