What’s this? Quality drama coming out of the UK that doesn’t begin with the words Downton, Doctor or Sherlock? If the cast is any indication, absolutely. Starring Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Lennon Naked, The Shadow Line), Dervla Kirwan (Injustice, The Silence), Ewen Bremner (Page Eight, Perfect Sense) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock, The Hour, Lennon Naked), the 3-part drama Blackout will premiere on BBC One beginning 4 July 2012.
The series follows Daniel Demoys, played by Eccleston, a stranger in his own life. Over the years he has gone from being an idealistic young man with a burning desire to make the world a better place, to a disillusioned and corrupt council official. His alcoholism has driven a wedge between him and wife, Alex, played by Dervla Kirwan, and their three children. The fallout from his alcohol fuelled actions prove agonising for all around him.
When Daniel wakes up after another drunken night, he realises that he might be responsible for a murder. A dramatic act of redemption buys him public adoration, so much so that he has become a candidate in the race for Mayor, persuaded by council official Jerry Durrans, and lawyer sister Lucy. He is painfully aware that it could all come crashing down at any moment, especially with Detective Dalien Bevan, played by Andrew Scott, hot on his trail and determined to gain respect in the force.
WIll be doing my best to track this down asap. Looks promising on paper. How about you? Sound interesting?