Monday, December 12, 2005
EEEEVIL! Secret Smile, ITV1, 9.00pm
We're beginning to suspect that there's some kind of national conspiracy amongst casting directors at present. How else do you explain the current fashion for casting David Tennant in roles that require him to be creepy and evil? First Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and now this. We're convinced it's just so that we can be even more wrong-footed when he takes over the role of The Doctor properly at Christmas.
If we were to say "this is a two-part drama transmitting on ITV1 at 9.00pm on a Monday and Tuesday night", you'd probably have your own set of conclusions to jump to about how this is likely to go. "Thriller," you might think. "Possibly with some degree of a psychological bent. Reasonably well-plotted and engaging in the first part, if you can overlook an unlikely premise, but will go completely to pot at around 9.23pm on Tuesday and the eventual denouement will require a sizeable suspension of disbelief". Or possibly a less pretentious variation thereof. Judging by what we've read of this, and our prior experience of ITV1 two-part dramas, we'd be inclined to go along with that too.
It's based on the novel by Nicci French (sadly not Nicki French of poppers-friendly 90s cover of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' and Eurovision humiliation "fame") and stars Kate Ashfield as Miranda, an architect who meets charming-but-somehow-iffy Brendan (David Tennant) who inevitably ramraids his way into her life and that of her family. Claire Goose also stars as a sister who becomes involved in the whole shebang somehow, and we're sure the cheesewire will have made an appearance before it all wraps up tomorrow night. Don't say we didn't warn you.