Public Service Announcement 41 of 2015: Secrets and Lies, Doctor Foster

The American remake of Australian drama Secrets and Lies starts in the UK tonight. Ryan Phillipe plays Ben Crawford, who finds the dead body of a five-year-old boy in the woods, and comes under suspicion for his murder. (I have a clear recollection that Alan Bennett, somewhere in his diaries, describes this as his persistent fear when he goes for a countryside walk.) Juliette Lewis plays the investigating detective. On the one hand it’s a neat premise, and the season is only ten episodes long. On the other reviews weren’t great at all, although that hasn’t stopped the show being renewed for a second season on the presently fashionable anthology basis, with a largely different cast. Lewis will return for season 2, though, which presumably means that no matter how much jeopardy her character’s in during season 1, she’s going to survive (Watch, 9pm).

Also starting tonight: Doctor Foster, a UK drama in which Suranne Jones, as the title character, thinks her husband has been having an affair. Yeah. On the bright side Jodie Comer, who was dazzling in My Mad Fat Diary, is in it (BBC 1, 9pm).

And I’m really only mentioning Channel 4’s Hunted – starting tomorrow – to point out that it isn’t the long-awaited spinoff from the BBC’s 2012 Melissa George vehicle. (Hm. It’s almost as if it’s not going to happen. Still, some of us out here are keeping the flame.) It’s a reality thing about the surveillance society, and it won’t be as good as Person Of Interest.


One thought on “Public Service Announcement 41 of 2015: Secrets and Lies, Doctor Foster

  1. Snoskred September 10, 2015 / 12:46 am

    I have Secrets and Lies ready to watch but have not got around to it. I wasn’t a fan of the original at all. But I do love a little Ryan Phillipe. 🙂

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