Critical Condition: Informer

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➢➢ “Paddy Considine stars in a tale of a family caught up in the war on terror. The script is from the newcomers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and it’s the first TV role for Nabhaan Rizwan, who takes the lead role as a young second-generation Pakistani from east London who is coerced by Considine’s counterterrorism officer into going undercover. Far from worthy, the script is by turns funny and completely terrifying.” — The Times.

➢➢ “With the furore over Bodyguard‘s one-dimensional use of Asian characters, Informer feels like a stark antidote as we are allowed into the domestic settings and get a sense of the motivations behind a diverse set of characters. And as an incisive exploration into the deeds that we do and their long-term effects on ourselves and others around us, it’s a compelling and addictive portrait.” — The List.

➢➢ “The thriller, written by two newcomers now based in Los Angeles, is likely to prove controversial, similarly to Peter Kosminsky’s recent television drama, The State, which raised questions about the motivation and sympathies of British Isis recruits in Raqqa. Informer clearly implicates the British criminal system in a dubious trade in information that operates among established offenders.” — The Guardian.

➢➢ “Six-part drama Informer starts as it means to go on with a nail-biting opening sequence in the run up to a terrorist atrocity which will have viewers on the edge of their seats. It then rewinds 12 months to explore how the attack came about, focusing on second-generation Pakistani man Raza (TV newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan), who is recruited as an undercover informer by detective Gabe (Paddy Considine).” — TV Choice.

➢➢ “The BBC’s latest drama is a must-see, featuring an outstanding cast, a clever premises and an electric script crackling with wit and intensity … What unfolds is  a dark, addictive thriller with some big questions about loyalty and belonging at its heart.” — The Observer.

➢➢ “Not everything works — the counter-terrorism bosses are unconvincing — but the opening few minutes will have you rapt, while director Johnny Campbell depicts London with panache. It’s a fascinating watch about a secretive area.” — The Daily Telegraph.

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