Directors: Harry Wootliff, A Mackay, Jim Loach
Kudos / ITV / Beyond
Unfairly reported as being “The British Big Little Lies”, Deep Water is a six-episode series based on two books by author Paula Daly. Yes, there are some similarities to Big Little Lies, but, if you’ll pardon the pun, this is just surface level: Three school mums are bonded by small interactions from their children (again, surface level) – from there a chain of events is set off that you couldn’t predict – but of course that’s what you’re there for.
Cue: Affairs and troubled relationships, a disappearance and the unravelling of the woman that appears to have it all vs. the stoic gumption of grit of the stony-broke hard-worker.
The men in this story are shits. Useless. Ego-driven. Almost pantomime villains in a couple of cases – but that makes for compelling TV. And the strength of Deep Water is not just the way you are pulled along by the rather rapidly escalating storylines – but that this is entirely about the women; about the bad decisions and poor choices they are maybe forced to make, and the stoicism of their approach once deep in the situations.
Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar are all excellent – as is the supporting cast.
I gobbled this up over two nights and loved it. There was that rare thing at the end too – satiation. No tease of more to come. No flattening out. Actually just a very good ending to a rather brilliant thrill-ride of a season. Great TV then.
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