TV Review: The Capture (BBC One) – Season One

Written and directed by Ben Chanan, The Capture is a six-episode series which follows British soldier Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) who is acquited of a war crime, only to then be accused – and backed by damning CCTV evidence – of the kidnapping and murder of his barrister, Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock). Whilst Emery works to clear his name, fast-tracked Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) begins to uncover a complex conspiracy surrounding Emery, calling into question the validity of the footage.

Overall Series Rating:

The Capture is one of those series where you know that something much bigger and complex is going on from the very beginning, so you’re constantly waiting for something to catch you out as soon as something seemingly straightforward starts to unravel. With The Capture, the premise around military equipment and technology also means that it’s not going to be an easy plot to follow or predict, so it is a series that you have to take your time with and allow yourself to feel overcome with information before it starts to piece together in your head.

Because of the more complex premise, it is easy to find yourself lost in the plot, especially when it makes a point of not explaining things further than needed. It does, however, keep you interested at the same time, but you do start to question whether you want to keep with it as it progressively becomes more and more difficult to keep up with. Eventually, things do become much clearer, though, as what seems too complex to decipher is soon explained, so it’s definitely a series worth keeping up with. It’s not until episode five that this happens, though, so do stick around for this brilliantly smart episode, as the way that everything is brought together makes the zig-zag of a journey well worth it.

Whilst the writing and production of this series are all impressive, the best aspect of this series, for me, is the casting. I’ve always been a fan of Callum Turner, who you may recognise from series such as BBC’s War & Peace and E4’s Glue. He has also started to recently make his way into film, with one of his biggest roles so far being in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, so I’m always happy to see more of him, especially in a more central role. He does a great job with this series and gives it such a fresh and gritty edge.

Holliday Grainger is a well-recognised actress, too, mostly known for her roles in period dramas such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Borgias, and Bonnie & Clyde, Great Expectations, Tulip Fever, and My Cousin Rachel. Although she always comes across as a sophisticated and empowering female character, it’s been great to see her in a more grown-up role here and not being confined to a corset and lacey dress.

Laura Haddock is great, too, who is mostly known for her role in The Inbetweeners Movie. Obviously, this is a very different kind of role for her, too, so it’s great to see a more serious performance from her, as well.

Each give a great quality performance, as do the supporting cast of Ben Miles, Lia Williams, and Ron Perlman. This impressive and standout cast fit this slick and intelligent thriller incredibly well, which is sure to get you thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of modern technologies and your stance on how they should or should not be used.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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