James Nesbitt performs a detective – I reckon his fourth in a yr – in Assume (Channel 4), and what a bizarre little drama it’s. It is tailored from a Danish sequence and directed by a Belgian, and as an alternative of feeling like a British present (as a result of Channel 4 definitely is to supply that), it feels decidedly European. Within the opener, Nesbitt and Joey Richardson ship their traces as in the event that they have been coping with a overseas language.
It’s extremely unusual, however this is not the primary time this has occurred. Final yr’s Channel 4 drama Earlier than We Die was a remake of a Swedish sequence and had the identical drawback. It additionally had the identical creator, Matt Baker (Professor T and Lodge Portofino). Possibly it is about promoting these reveals overseas and making viewers in Europe really feel like they’re seeing one thing recognizable. Suspect was filmed in London however the location isn’t given and it has a generic high quality.
We begin with Danny (Nesbitt) visits the morgue in what he believes will likely be routine police work over a lifeless physique, and discovers the sufferer is his daughter. A brand new suspect is launched in every episode, and the forged has some first rate names, together with Anne-Marie Duff and Richard E Grant. Possibly one among them might raise the fabric, however neither Nesbitt nor Richardson (because the hospital pathologist) might.
Her scenes had the air of a hammy stage play. “Do not speak to me like that.” “I speak to everybody like that.”
Properly, I am not everybody.” It was carried out so oddly that I half-expected the corpse would rise from underneath the sheet, making this an Inside No 9 episode of kinds. There was clearly a historical past between the 2; We by no means discovered what it was, however most of Nesbitt’s roles contain him courting a beautiful lady, so that will be a good assumption.
A grieving Danny refuses to imagine his daughter took her personal life because the pathologist suggests and is satisfied it was a case of homicide. His boss, performed by Ben Miller, reveals up and provides to assist, however that is bizarre too. They lock Danny within the morgue. Conveniently, his daughter’s smartwatch begins beeping within the proof jar, giving him an essential clue. So he units off to analyze.
It is shortly obvious that Danny’s relationship along with his daughter wasn’t nice: he had no concept the place she labored or that she had a big different in her life (Niamh Algar, who additionally did her greatest with the fabric). In principle, introducing one suspect per half-hour episode might work effectively if solely the present was higher.