Just stumbled across this on my NAS-drive, recorded in 2012 and now re-watched in 2016 The series was Spooks-style and particularly interesting because the resident b@st@rd is played by no other than Cheerful Charlie:
There's no school like the old school, and I'm the f*ckin' headmaster !
I loved Jack Turner. He was a great character. I had a few issues with the series, most particularly with the way they washed it out with that kind of grey palette. But, an enjoyable watch nonetheless and Patrick Malahide was heaps of fun.
I watched this series when it was broadcast. I remember being pretty hooked on it at the time, but totally forgotten how it ended and of course forgotten that Patrick Malahide was in it.
Thanks to a kind forum member, I just watched the first episode again and remembered the most annoying thing about this was lead role actress Melissa George's constant pouting (seen here on the left). I totally agree with mrschisholm that the grey haze darkening the mood all the time is slightly on the annoying side sometimes.
That said, the story of intrigue, spies and double-cross is excellent stuff. This is very much actress Melissa George's show - she plays agent Sam Hunter, her world torn apart by what she believes was possible double-cross during an assignment in Tangier and now back in London a year later looking for some answers and her old job back.
If I had to say that this was similar to something, it is probably comparable to a 2012 updated Callan style action/drama with a female in the lead role in the 'Spooks' genre. It is unclear what sort of organisation Sam works for at the outset, but it is clearly either private security or some shady British government department involved in dirty tricks. It is pretty violent stuff in parts and with rough'n'tumble fist fights, machine gunnings and innocents getting blown away or meeting a nasty death early on - it is definitely post-watershed material.
As mrschisholm points out above, Patrick Malahide plays Jack Turner, a very rich and corrupt businessman with his own security men, who will use any cut-throat methods he can to get what he wants. Imho, he is on absolute top form here. Another little treat is of course seeing Lex Shrapnel in a role just a few years following brand new 'Minder'. He's in a bit part here as ex-special forces agent Fowkes (pictured). I really like his character in this and he's about the only one bringing humour to the equation it seems - he's not in it much but as I say, adds some humour to the moody story line.
Overall, apart from Melissa George's pouting boat race and an over-darkened mood colouring, I thoroughly enjoyed the first one all over again and would definitely recommend watching this.
Hunted, a sub-24 spy series from 2012. Aussie actress Melissa George plays an operative for a private security firm who goes around handing out shootings and shoeings to assorted foreign riff-raff. By way of a change her latest target is a London gangster turned property developer played by Patrick Malahide doing the same mad cockney wideboy impression he did in New Tricks. It's the most preposterous tosh, as you might expect from co-producers Kudos who gave us the risible Spooks, but it's keeping me watching which Spooks never did. The script keeps thingsmoving and hasn't got bogged down in sermonising about the greater good. George reminds me of a young Annette Benning although she's nowhere near as good an actress and pouts a bit too much. Her English accent sounds all right in a Gwyneth Paltrow, bog standard RP sort of way.
Edit: Our proprietor kindly moved my post from What Are You Watching? into the Not Minder section. Approx a week later I'm five episodes in and slightly disappointed with how it's degenerating into a ludicrous Da Vinci code style conspiracy thriller. Hourglass are the stuff of tin foil hat paranoia usually directed at a certain ethnic group alleged to control the financial system. The fights are also getting more and more cartoonish e.g. the scrap at the Oasthouse where our two unarmed protagonists slaughter an armed to the teeth squad of heavies. I've come this far though so will watch the rest. Possibly I'm alone in quite liking the visual style?
As Well as Minder connections there's also also at least a couple relating to The Sweeney. Patrick Malahide of course, plus his old mate is played by David Sterne who was one of the conniving would-be inheritors in Sweet Smell of Succession. He's changed a lot since then - interesting to compare with Patrick Malahide who barely looks any different to his role in Sweeney 2 (wisely having lost the child catcher style hair from his role in Drag Act).
Far beneath the ice they sleep These dark knights of the black sun