The final episode of BBC One ’s Roadkill was… well, it was an interesting one, to say the least. The four-part series, helmed by Line of Duty director Michael Keillor … "With any actor less likeable than Hugh, this story would be unbearably cynical," he wrote, "Sir David expertly shows us the man's charming façade as well as his cold, hard core. This is a huge installment — oh, and it also is the last one. But Peter has plenty of skeletons in his closet. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. "It is too mannered and expositional to be realistic (in this way it reminded me of Bodyguard), but it is welcome immersive escapism and not nearly as earnest and improbable as Hare's last big TV offering, Collateral, which was like being subjected to weekly political sermons via water cannon. Look – Roadkill is a perfectly serviceable drama. In the United States, it was broadcast as part of the Masterpiece anthology series on PBS starting 1 November 2020. Thanks for signing up to our drama newsletter! Roadkill: BBC drama accused of ‘left-wing bias’ as first episode leaves viewers divided. VideoWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? So you have to steel yourself to have the stomach for Roadkill (BBC One), in which writer David Hare and Line Of Duty director Michael Keillor present... View Article The series received its premiere on the BBC on Sunday 18 October and aired every Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. Video, 2020 and me: 'I know the value of family more' Video, 2020 and me: 'I know the value of family more', What impact has Covid had on global climate? If you have a story suggestion email [email protected]. "Why, for example, would Charmian Pepper be utterly flabbergasted that her editor would fire her after she changed her story in court and lost her newspaper £1.5 million?" It may feel eerily close to home at times but BBC One’s new political thriller Roadkill is entirely fictionalised. However outlandish the fictional scheming on display, the real world is crazier, and we've seen this kind of conspiracy too many times before.". Roadkill, BBC One, episode 1 review ★★★★★ 18 Oct 20 – 18 Oct 21, ON BBC ONE Hugh Laurie stars in David Hare's latest TV project Roadkill. It's a charismatic performance and he gets under the skin of Laurence". For just £25 enjoy a tasting trio and learn from a Laithwaite's wine expert! Sign in to/ register for a RadioTimes.com account to manage your email preferences. And what kind of strange HR investigation was that – and why on earth would the company let editor Joe Lapidus (Pip Torrens) get near Charmian again after her sexual discrimination complaint, without a lawyer present? .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. "Dodgy dialogue and ropy exposition can be forgiven when the plot is so enticing and Hugh Laurie, as a slippery MP, is so charismatic.". There are four episodes available. All episodes are now available to watch via the BBC iPlayer. Politician Peter Laurence's private life is falling apart. Roadkill is a British four-part television thriller written and created by David Hare, and directed by Michael Keillor. Shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. Sunday nights are set to be given a fresh dose of political drama with BBC's Roadkill.. News, photos, videos and full episode guide, Hugh Laurie’s Roadkill is not car crash TV – but it’s not great, either, Peter Laurence is ‘not based on anyone’, Meet the cast of the BBC’s political thriller Roadkill, David Hare recalls encouraging Roadkill star Hugh Laurie to “take acting more seriously”, Everything you need to know about Roadkill with Hugh Laurie, Roadkill writer insists Hugh Laurie's politician Peter Laurence is 'not based on anyone'. by Adam Sweeting Monday, 19 October 2020. But he is a playwright and with the exception of Laurie, who makes the dialogue sing, the characters speak in ways better suited to the stage than an approximation of real life. She added: "Hare has crafted an intriguing plot and succeeds in making us want to find out where Laurence goes next. The cast also includes Us actors Saskia Reeves and Iain De Caestecker alongside Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory. And as she is so stupidly surprised, are we still to believe that she is a talented investigative reporter? Keep up to date with all the dramas - from period to crime to comedy. Get your gears turning with hundreds of puzzles, with new ones added each week - and enjoy a seven day free trial! Then there’s a subplot where Peter Laurence’s chauffeur Sydney (Emma Cunniffe)’s girlfriend Margaret (Katie Leung) – keep up – is trying to pass on information to Peter’s own barrister Rochelle (Pippa Bennett-Warner). © 2020 BBC. Then there’s a prime ministerial Helen McCrory, who gives us a glimpse of what it would be like if Peaky Blinders’ Aunt Pol made it to Number Ten. Comments Hugh Laurie Delivers in Soapy British Political Drama ‘Roadkill’: TV Review Despite my (many) complaints, I don’t hate this show either. The problem is: none of that seems especially biting political commentary any more. * In brief, what waste of 4 hours of my life that was. What impact has Covid had on global climate? In a good light, on a good day, it makes their multiple manifestations look more manageable," she wrote. The Guardian's Lucy Mangan also thought the drama worthy of four stars, noting the thriller's universal appeal at a time of real-life political turmoil amidst a global pandemic with Brexit looming. Roadkill is the new drama from playwright and screenwriter David Hare and it sets out its stall immediately as a terribly sophisticated Sunday night telly for grown-ups. Midgley also revealed that she had seen the whole series and felt the first episode was "the weakest". Video. Carol Midgley of The Times also gave the drama three stars, again singling out Laurie and McCrory for praise. Then there's a prime ministerial Helen McCrory, who gives us a glimpse of what it would be like if Peaky Blinders' Aunt Pol made it to Number Ten.". playWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? Let’s see where it takes us. Radio Times critic Eleanor Bley Griffiths was probably the least impressed, describing episode one as "a bit of a disappointment", although she still gave it a three-star review. Then there’s daughter number one, pictured snorting coke at a night club; and possible daughter number two, who has just made contact from her jail cell. ‘Roadkill’ Review: A Political Career in Peril Hugh Laurie stars as a British cabinet minister beset by scandal in a ‘Masterpiece’ series from David Hare. Roadkill is a dreadful waste of time, and yes, it's about a Tory politician, but leave it at the door, it's a fiction for crying out loud. Already have an account with us? I don’t hate it. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews BBC's new political drama Roadkill ", He added: "Helen McCrory is at her best playing PM Dawn Ellison as part Margaret Thatcher, part Peaky Blinder.". David Hare has said that Peter Laurence is ‘not based on anyone’, and it’s true that he doesn’t resemble any one person, but he’s also clearly recognisable as a politician for the modern age. "But Roadkill is saved, to some extent, by the calibre of the actors involved. Oh, and he’s having an affair with Sidse Babbet Knudsen. Is there ever any real fallout? The four-part BBC series follows populist MP Peter Laurence, who has some skeletons tucked away. Roadkill BBC One ★★★☆☆ Two minutes in to David Hare’s four-part political thriller Roadkill and we already had a “Nope, that just wouldn’t happen” moment. Roadkill, BBC One review - David Hare pokes under the floorboards of the Conservative party Hugh Laurie plays an ambitious government minister with a shady history. Roadkill review: Hugh Laurie is a Farage-Gove-Johnson mashup in this predictable political thriller David Hare’s new drama is competently put together and the plot draws you in – … First up is a story about a dodgy meeting he had at a think tank in Washington, which newspaper reporter Charmian Pepper (Sarah Greene) wasn’t able to prove in court – but of course she’s now jumped on a plane to the US, determined to dig up more information. To manage your email preferences, click here. It’s fine. Roadkill, episode 4 review: a fun but flawed end to David Hare's political soap 3/5 Hugh Laurie's slippery politician schemed his way into Number 10 in the final episode of the series Roadkill review – greed and corruption at the heart of the government 4 5 Although it is set in a world without Brexit or the pandemic, David Hare’s … For American audiences, Roadkill will be broadcast on PBS Masterpiece from Sunday 1 November at 9pm. But hey! "Roadkill's pedigree is obvious. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 18 October 2020. Covid-19: Concern at 'unprecedented' infection level in England, Joe Biden: 'Enormous damage' to US security agencies by Trump, Hilaria Baldwin denies faking Spanish heritage, Coronavirus: Hundreds of British skiers flee Swiss Verbier quarantine, 'She is beautiful but she is Indian': The student who became a Welsh bard at 19, Ghislaine Maxwell denied $28.5m bail in sex crime case, Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi woman activist jailed for five years, Rare white kiwi Manukura that inspired book and toys dies, Covid: South Africa's Ramaphosa announces new restrictions as cases soar, Atlantic discovery: 12 new species 'hiding in the deep', Radio Times critic Eleanor Bley Griffiths. This is a huge installment — oh, and it also is the last one. Margaret has apparently decided she admires Rochelle after watching her in court, and now she expects her to investigate her own client. Roadkill reviews: Critics heap praise on Hugh Laurie's performance 19 October The Telegraph said Hugh Laurie was "charismatic" as fictional MP Peter Laurence Hugh Laurie is … Roadkill, Sunday 18th October, 9pm, BBC One. Roadkill, episode 1, review: Hugh Laurie plays politics with aplomb in David Hare's polemic 4/5 Dodgy dialogue and ropy exposition can be forgiven when the … You're now subscribed to our newsletter. Thanks! We may also send occasional updates from our editorial team. Roadkill release date – cast, plot and review for BBC One thriller starring Hugh Laurie The Night Manager actor will play a Conservative minister attempting to out-run his past. So I’m not wildly drawn in by the plot, or the concept, or the dialogue, or the characters. Hugh Laurie’s Roadkill is not car crash TV – but it’s not great, either Aside from the performances by Helen McCrory and Hugh Laurie, episode one is … The president-elect says his team is not getting the information it needs on national security. Critics lauded the performances in the BBC drama but had some caveats, such as the "dodgy dialogue". Peter Laurence MP sees himself as a new kind of politician, and he’s coated himself in teflon. How bad information went viral in 2020. Fresh from a successful libel case against a journalist printing stories alleging corruption, he's a man on the rise. With Hugh Laurie, Helen McCrory, Olivia Vinall, Jennifer Hennessy. So far, so plausible. The second episode of BBC's promising new drama Roadkill aired on Sunday night, and plenty of viewers took to social media to discuss the series - with some discussing their disappointment of … The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. And as we saw in the first episode, Laurence has plenty of scandals just waiting in the wings. .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. And if the next three episodes give them some good material to work with, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sarah Greene and Pip Torrens and the rest of the top-notch Roadkill cast. Here's everything we know about the four-part series that everyone will be talking about. Are you prepared for Roadkill episode 4 airing on BBC One next week? .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles, 'Enormous damage' to US agencies by Trump - Biden. Roadkill, BBC One review - David Hare pokes under the floorboards of the Conservative party . The four-parter, directed by Line of Duty's Michael Keillor, stars Laurie as a controversial Conservative minister. The Daily Mail's Christopher Stevens largely enjoyed the first episode, also giving it four stars and lavishing praise on both the performances of the leads and Hare's writing. Watch the trailer for BBC’s Roadkill Hugh Laurie is predictably excellent. Roadkill is about Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie), a self-made forceful and charismatic politician. Immediate Media Company Limited (publishers of radiotimes.com) would love to send you our Drama newsletters. Which is also odd. BBC's new drama Roadkill premiered on Sunday night - and fans are saying the same thing about the show. I suspect Peter Laurence will sail through all of these scandals by blithely dismissing them as an irrelevance, or as unfair attacks from his enemies. Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie, House, Veep) is a political outsider who is very popular with the people. But Roadkill is saved, to some extent, by the calibre of the actors involved. REVIEW: BBC One's 'Roadkill' has a lot going on but not much of it is interesting. Aside from the performances by Helen McCrory and Hugh Laurie, episode one is a bit of a disappointment, writes Eleanor Bley Griffiths. At least Roadkill isn’t as bad as Collateral, David Hare’s last big-budget BBC outing. You can unsubscribe at any time. Why, for example, would Charmian Pepper be utterly flabbergasted that her editor would fire her after she changed her story in court and lost her newspaper £1.5 million? Four-part drama Roadkill aired 18th October-8th November on BBC One, and is currently airing on Sundays on PBS Masterpiece in the US at 9/8c. It's competently put together and the plot draws you in," he wrote. This is the end of the road and we’re prepared for almost anything to happen — at least within what is feasible in this show’s own world. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide, or take a look at our new TV shows 2020 page to find out what’s airing this autumn and beyond. 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