The Shadow Line
The Shadow Line finished on BBC 2 this week, after seven episodes. At its best it conjured an impressively shadowed atmosphere thanks to beautiful photography and excellent front-line performances. At its worst I was honestly not sure whether certain dialogue was intended to be taken seriously. The end was a flat, rote packing away of things which could more tantalisingly have been left semi-submerged, and a release of any dramatic grip the series held. I’d still recommend it, but not in the same breath as, say, Edge Of Darkness or Red Riding.
In fact the only near-perfect thing to have some out of the series is the song used in the opening titles, by Emily Barker, which is almost uncreditably sad.