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White Heat: Season 1 (2012)




Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

With nonsensical writing and two-dimensional characters, White Heat fades away as another lackluster story utilizing tired time-period progression gimmicks.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

With nonsensical writing and two-dimensional characters, White Heat fades away as another lackluster story utilizing tired time-period progression gimmicks.


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Season Info

This six-episode series follows the lives of seven students who meet in 1965 and, despite their mixed backgrounds, become friends while living together in London. In a unique approach, each episode takes place during a different time period between 1965 and 1990 and chronicles their lives as they intertwine and deal with the changing world around them. Sam Claflin and Reece Ritchie star.

Network: BBC



Air date: May 9, 2012

The Past Is a Foreign Country

The Past is A Foreign Country. In 2012, Charlotte arrives at the flat of a recently deceased friend. She was one of seven students who once lived there. Memories of 1965 are triggered when they all met.

Air date: May 16, 2012

Eve of Destruction

Eve of Destruction. In 2012, Charlotte and two former flatmates to clear the flat. Back in the 60s, Lilly faces a personal crisis and at a violent anti Vietnam war demonstration.

Air date: May 23, 2012

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of The Moon. In 2012, a fourth former flatmate arrives. In 1973, an IRA bombing campaign targets London. Alan finally makes his play for Lilly and Charlotte's volatile relationship with Jack implodes.

Air date: May 30, 2012

The Personal Is Political

Personal is Political. In 1979, the flatmates celebrate Alan and Lilly's wedding. Jay faces his fear and decides to tell his parents he is gay. Jack chooses to join mainstream politics but his aspirations are threatened.

Air date: Jun 6, 2012

The Eye of the Needle

In 2012, five of the flatmates await the arrival of the sixth. In 1982, the group are summoned by Jay and Orla to help detox Jack, who is in the grip of a heroin addiction. However Charlotte finds that Jack's hold over her is equally threatening.

Air date: Jun 13, 2012

The Sea of Trees

In 1990, the flat is for sale and Orla organizes one last reunion for the flatmates. Back in the present, the last surviving flatmate arrives and the identity of the deceased flatmate is finally revealed.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (6)

Staying the course may prove to be time decently spent.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The series can be demanding, requiring an effort to suspend disbelief and also overlook the characters' frequent unpleasantness.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The story is good and now that we know who's who, where's who and in what year, maybe we can enjoy lighter taps from the narrative hammer in forthcoming episodes.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Curiously watchable, but in its attempts to cover all bases, this new series could turn out to tell us stuff we've heard a hundred times before.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro [UK]
Metro [UK]

Milne turns each character into such a cipher it feels more like a game of Guess Who than a plausible dramatic conceit.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Will I tune in next time? Probably, albeit with less enthusiasm.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Quickly proves to be a warmed-over and tepid mishmash of changing-times cliches.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

After only one episode it's clear that the more we learn about each of them, the more we will want to know.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

A bold, fabulously written (if at times overbearing) chronicle of the political and social changes which sweep through Britain beginning in the mid-1960s and which shaped - and in some cases, radically misshaped - a generation.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Hardly merits the name, proving more plodding and cliched than anything else.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety

The real problem with the series isn't the haphazard history-it's the utter implausibility of the friendships it depicts.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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