Edge of Darkness
Edge of Darkness is a 6 part BBC series that cleaned up at the BAFTAS back in 1986. Like any vintage BBC, it has it’s good points and it’s not so good pints. Whilst not as dated as Survivors, Edge of Darkness does suffer somewhat from taking it’s jolly time to get started – even the first episode is painfully slow, keeping you on tender hooks for so long that you almost don’t care when the expected murder takes place – it’s only who gets murdered that makes you care.
But care for who? Dectective Ronald Craven is supposed to be the good guy, but doesn’t seem to be doing a heck of a lot, even after witnessing his daughter being gunned down in cold blood. And what of his daughter, we find out later that she wan;t exactly innocent. Fortunately there is a conspiracy afoot, and once all the main players have been introduced – and there’s a fair few of them – the story starts to take off.
You’ve got to remember – it’s the mid-eighties and the main fear is one of nuclear apocalypse – but nuclear is the emerging technology and there is money to be made, so someone, with plenty of connections is bound to be breaking all sorts of laws. And that someone is no doubt connected to the slaying of the cop’s daughter.
So yeah, you can see where this is going, but it does have some unexpected twists and ends up in a place you don’t expect, without the usual nice clean Hollywood ending. Ig you can hand on long enough to start figuring out what on earth is going on, Edge of Darkness is a compelling drama that deserves to be re-made, with today’s attention spans taken into consideration.
If you’re a fan of British dramas, then this won’t disappoint. It’s got class written all over it, and might actually have you wanting for more old school BBC TV series to be released. If you’re easily confused or have short attention span, skip this and wait for Transformers 3 to be released.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: June 2nd, 2010
Stars: Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay
Length (Minutes): 314
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Director: Campbell, Martin