David Tennant’s in fine form (and sporting his actual Scottish accent) in this three-part BBC drama with a nasty edge, and yet he’s slightly undone by some dodgy script conveniences and at least one yawning credibility gap. His junior barrister Will Burton is known as ‘The Escape Artist’ for getting seriously guilty sorts off in court, but when he manages to have the murder charge against the frightening Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell) dismissed, Foyle comes after him and his family (but why, other than he’s just a complete nut-job?). And Will then must watch as his associate Maggie Gardner (Sophie Okonedo) defends Liam, as Will’s life falls apart and director Brian Welsh and writer/producer David Wolstencroft bend over backwards to make their spoilers-heavy plotline work.
(Special Features: an extra disc of interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette)
(Entertainment One, M, 171 Mins)