Post by jno on Mar 23, 2015 7:19:31 GMT
Dennis Waterman plays a boxing promotor and TV sports pundit called Frank Costello in this, which is a 3 hour production that was originally broadcast over 3 weeks (3 x 58 mins). Dennis hardly features at all in part 1 (a picture on a wall plus a sneak preview of him in part 2), but shows up quite a bit in parts 2 and 3. Without wanting to give too much away, this is not a typical role he might play (I think) and in this one-off mini-series he uses a lot of bad language but is neither Terry McCann nor Gerry Standing. I have no idea if this was meant to be a pilot or not. This was first shown in February 2009 around the same time that brand new Minder was on Channel 5.
The plot centres around the disappearance of an elderly Ugandan man whose mutilated body turns up in the Thames. The title character 'Moses Jones' (played by Shaun Parkes pictured) is a second generation Ugandan police officer born and bred in Shepherds Bush who (along his partner 'Dan' played by Matt Smith) is assigned to solve the case.
Overall I thought this was very good, although for those who have not seen it there are some very graphic scenes of violence and brutality as the overspill from issues in Uganda end up being dished out on the streets of London. There is also a lot of racialist language too, so stay away if you are offended by expressions such as the 'n' word.
Eamonn Walker (Winston from "In Sickness & In Health" and PC Haynes off "The Bill"- see picture) is very good in this - he plays another former Ugandan in London who is bitter at the atrocities that took place back in Uganda. His character Solomon fronts a local band who I have to say, play some pretty good music throughout this. Also worth noting is Jude Akuwudike who is truly excellent and gives a convincing performance as Matthias Mutukula - the villain of the piece and two very stunning actresses Wunmi Mosaku and Indira Varma. There are also two very nasty heavies known as Peter & Paul - two guys you don't want to be left alone with.
With witchcraft, government corruption, prostitution and schizophrenia thrown in there is plenty going on here but like I say, the violence when it happens is particularly brutal to watch. There is more dialogue than action but that isn't really a reason not to tune in.
The title character 'Moses Jones' seems to be travelling through this whole story very slowly and is not really the main feature of the piece for me as there is a lot going on around him. I found 95% of this quite gripping to watch though there are some let downs: firstly Matt Smith is dreadfully miscast in this - he looks too young and babyfaced to be involved in undercover policework and even the dialogue his character comes with just don't fit right in this underground Ugandan community.
Secondly I felt a little bit let down by the ending - after nearly 3 hours of viewing the ending is all wrapped up a bit quickly and I was expecting a little more from Moses Jones. In episode 1 he is introduced to us as the unpredictable cop we can expect to see something from I thought, but the ending is rushed and the plight of the villains all summed up a bit too quickly for me which was very disappointing.
That said, that is just my opinion and like I say most of it is quite gripping and definitely worth checking out once, but be warned the violence is not for the faint hearted and language not for the easily offended. 7/10 from me - worth a watch but be careful of big blokes with hammers. I would be interested to read what others thought of this if they saw it.