May 5, 2011

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The Shadow Line: Britain’s answer to The Killing (Benji Wilson, 03 May 2011, Telegraph)

The writer and director Hugo Blick lives in a windmill. On the top floor he has a large whiteboard and it was on this, several years ago, that he plotted out the conspiracy that underlies his major new thriller The Shadow Line, which begins on BBC Two tomorrow.

“I drew the entire conspiracy after about four months of deep thought,” says Blick, 46. “And it looks like a Crick double helix. By the time you get down to the bottom of the whiteboard, which is the murder at the start of episode one, you have your whole conspiracy. All the seven hours of screentime does is move forwards to go backwards, to peel back the layers of that conspiracy.”

From Blick’s spidery whiteboard alone you will gather that The Shadow Line is not some ordinary pot-boiler. It begins with the murder of a drug kingpin, Harvey Wratten, and the parallel investigation by both the police and Wratten’s associates to find the perpetrator. But it soon spirals off into the most ambitious and quite possibly the best British thriller since Paul Abbott’s State of Play in 2003.


If you've never seen the tv version of State of Play, it's terrific.


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