A Confession: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
A Confession

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Much like the crime at its center, A Confession is often grueling, but an honest approach to a horrible situation proves equally gripping.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Sep 2, 2019

Sian O'Callaghan goes missing after a Friday night out in Swindon Old Town. As the family desperately waits for news, the police search for any clues to where she could be.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2019

The hunt for missing Sian O'Callaghan continues as Det. Supt. Steve Fulcher and his team see suspects come and go with no leads to follow.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2019

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher takes chief suspect Christopher Halliwell to a remote location to question him about Sian O'Callaghan's disappearance.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2019

Lives for the residents of Swindon, Wiltshire, have been flipped on their head after the discoveries of two young murdered women by Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher in the local area.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2019

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher is lionized in the media for leading an investigation that recovered not one, but two bodies murdered by serial killer Christopher Halliwell. But behind the scenes he is facing a disciplinary hearing.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2019

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Cast & Crew

Martin Freeman
DS Steve Fulcher
Imelda Staunton
Karen Edward
Siobhan Finneran
Elaine Pickford
Charlie Cooper
Kevin Reape
Joe Absolom
Christopher Halliwell
Florence Howard
Sian O'Callaghan
Daniel Betts
Mike Veale
Kate Ashfield
Yvonne Fulcher
Owain Arthur
DI Sean Memory
Faye McKeever
Deborah Peach
Peter Wight
Charlie Edwards
Dominic Tighe
DS Bob Cooper
Jake Davies
Liam O'Callaghan
Darcy Vanhinsbergh
Steven Edwards
Jessica D'Arcy
Lora O'Callaghan
Rufus Gerhardt-Williams
Aiden O'Callaghan
Ian Puleston-Davies
Mick O'Callaghan
Johnny Capps
Executive Producer
Julian Murphy
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for A Confession Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

All the performances are strong and it is a tactful rendering of the story. It's more of a slow mood piece than a pacy, Broadchurch-style crime drama, but that feels appropriate.

Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I did have to wonder about what was true and what wasn't... But still, this is gripping.

Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With fictional dead young women being such a fixture of police dramas, I'm always wary of the ethics of plundering real cases. Still, it was delicately done.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A Confession's first episode doesn't get there quite yet, however. It is cripplingly low on moments of interest, hinging on intrigue to keep us invested, or at least pre-existing awareness of what's to come.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is a sad, ruthless dramatisation of ruthlessly sad events that asks - especially in later episodes - profound questions about how we want to - and how we should - obtain justice for the murdered and missing.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This was simply a terrifically well written and acted, and terribly sad, drama that gripped with the inescapable pain experienced by everyone involved in the case.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[ITV's true crime miniseries] raises the age old question about ends justifying the means, especially in circumstances where what you think is legally right and morally right are not the same thing.

Jul 27, 2020 | Full Review…

We're recommending A Confession purely for the lead actors - we'd watch Freeman read his Twitter feed for an hour - and where we think the story is going.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

A Confession is not to be missed.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not flashy, and that's its strength, not its weakness.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

A Confession continues to do a superb job in humanising the aftermath of a horrifying crime.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's shaded, human, credible and tawdry, as in life, and heavily (rightly) slanted on the community and family fallout of two missing girls rather than whizzy police cunning.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Confession: Season 1

  • May 28, 2021
    Superb. No, it's not an action film, you're right. It's what it is and it's incredibly well done.
  • May 20, 2021
    Much detail and a sincere attempt to show the reality of police detective work, where rules clash with the common sense decisions that honest police, who feel the pain of victims and family, must face from time to time. There are certainly boring moments but the overall message of the series is humanity at its best.
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Well written and you really couldn't see the ending coming Freeman again does a good job of playing the not quite right central character and it's gripping to the end.
  • Dec 07, 2020
    I'm surprised at the high scores as I found this a gruelling watch. To me, Martin Freeman simply provided a shallow performance all the way through. He offered about three responses: tight lips of disapproval, an irritated clearing of the throat and a forced pensive, far-away stare! His delivery was rapid and lacking in emotion. This left all the other characters hanging in the air. The direction is slow, one character's hairstyle remained with the same hair clip for five years,and the script needed a good edit. A cliched, cardboard attempt at telling a tragic event.
  • Nov 21, 2020
    Awful shaky camera work and in your face closeups gives it a distracting amateur vibe. Story fine, but struggling to get past that....
  • Jul 23, 2020
    superb, engaging and eye opening.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Sad tale of how life isn't fair and that good people suffer in service to others. It shows the very personal struggles people go through, all different, all real and they cope with their reality. Although difficult to watch at times, the acting, writing and directing made for a very effective and realistic performance. Actors were at the top of their game. The sharing of this true story reminds me that we must live by our consciences and take comfort that what we did, when done for unselfish reasons and in services to others was all we could do for we are human too.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    An excellent series. Whoever was involved has done an excellent job. I read some reviews but I have not yet found the principal issue that this series wishes, in my opinion, to open our eyes with: The stupor of not only the legal system but also of the nature of the PC people that in the name of a correct procedure (which basically IS totally right) sometimes ignore the simple common sense which protects the "good guys" and is there in order to create a better life for us all. Given the circumstances, the policeman Steve Fulcher did the extraordinary and should have been rewarded for that. The PC people are everywhere (politics, media etc.) they think they are the kings of the general moral and conscience whereas in the name of it - they cause much more pain to the real victims.

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