I hesitate to write at this particular moment because I have just finished watching a recording of the last episode of Good Cop played on BBC1 and I am genuinely in an emotional state. This, to use the very old, almost flogged to death cliché, was a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. In it we followed the descent into hell of a young 'scouse' copper who does the 'right' things in the 'wrong' manner and once begun can no longer control events. Like Hamlet (whom he does not resemble) he might well howl to the heavens, "How all occasions do conspire against me".
All of the acting was first-rate but Warren Brown playing the tragic-hero was simply superb. By and large his face gave nothing away so that the occasional small movements, only apparent in close up, under-scored his emotional state far better than histrionics. I would pay good money to see this young actor play Coriolanus. To add to the pleasure of this excellent series there was writing of the very highest order providing an intelligent text but not too unbelievably intelligent for the characters delivering it. The directing was superb and several of the action incidents in the story line had me on the edge of my chair.
This was a truly great piece of television drama. It deserves a second showing on BBC1, this time played over successive nights rather than weekly, but that is probably quite beyond the intelligence of the BBC hierarchy. Maybe it will re-appear on BBC4 where it will well and truly knock out all those super Scandinavian police stories. I will keep an eye out for it and let you know if it re-appears but in the meantime, if there is a DVD release - then buy it - buy it now!
Meanwhile I shall retire to a quiet room and weep at the fall of 'Constable Rocksavage'.