[3 stars]

The past will always haunt you…especially if you’re an Irish detective that survived The Troubles. At least that’s part of the implication of this procedural cum domestic drama.

Already renewed for a second series (with an obvious storyline to support it, though perhaps not an advisable one), this James Nesbitt (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street) two-hander is tense 4-part drama with plenty of switchbacks and questions. It helps if you’re deeply familiar with The Troubles and the ongoing tension and politics of Northern Ireland, but it isn’t a complete barrier to the story.

The cast is packed with wonderful supporting performances. Lola Petticrew (Dating Amber) is top among those. Her work as Nesbitt’s daughter floats around the outside of the story in counterpoint in wonderful ways.

For lovers of UK mystery and, particularly, those who like something with an historical perspective, give it a go. It is a layered and emotionally challenging mystery that doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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