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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:17 am 
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I'm a big fan of Jimmy McGovern's writing, and Sean Bean's acting. But, two episodes in, I don't know if I'll stick with this. It's the most depressing drama I've seen in a long time. McGovern's favourite targets - the welfare state, government cuts and the Catholic church - feature strongly here. It does make a change to see a Catholic priest depicted as a decent (if flawed) man, who genuinely wants to help but McGovern does get a pop at the Catholic church via the childrens' first communion, and the families who get into debt for the occasion.

Anna Friel (another Brookside connection) does well as the desperate single mum who keeps her own mother's dead body hidden for four days so she can collect the dead woman's pension to feed her children. And a third storyline sees a young man with mental health problems, sent home from a facility far too soon because they need his bed for someone worse. Naturally, it comes to a tragic end.

If you want gritty, earthy drama, this is the one for you. But if you're looking for light-hearted entertainment, I'd give it a wide berth.

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