Bloodlands: Series 1 (2021)

Series 1

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Bloodlands at times threatens to buckle under the weight of its heavy load, but thrilling twists and incredible performances hold steady to create an engaging, challenging viewing experience.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 19

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Air date: Mar 15, 2021

A car is pulled from Strangford Lough, the owner kidnapped. DCI Tom Brannick recognises the calling card of a legendary assassin known as Goliath. The legend goes that he was a serving police officer who vanished without trace 20 years ago - and among his original victims was Tom's wife. In the face of opposition from old friends, Brannick and his partner, DS Niamh McGovern, reopen the Goliath case in the hope that it will help them solve the kidnapping.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2021

Tom continues to search for Pat Keenan's kidnapper, hoping they will lead him to Goliath. But is somebody leading him down a false trail?

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Air date: Mar 29, 2021

Tom and Niamh launch a manhunt for Adam Corry, who has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Tori Matthews agrees to help Tom in the quest to identify Goliath, but as pressure builds on the police, Tom must confront the possibility Goliath may be someone close to him.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2021

Tom Brannick enlists the help of Heather Pentland to find out what Jackie Twomey knows about Goliath. Tori Matthews and Tom's daughter Izzy put pressure on Tom to get to the truth. With lives on the line, Tom must unmask Goliath before it's too late.

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Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick discovers a suicide note that appears to be connected to an infamous cold case.

Cast & Crew

James Nesbitt
Tom Brannick
Charlene McKenna
Niamh McGovern
Lorcan Cranitch
Jackie Twomey
Ian McElhinney
Adam Corry
Lola Petticrew
Izzy Brannick
Lisa Dwan
Tori Matthews
Jimmy Mulville
Executive Producer
Mark Redhead
Executive Producer
Christopher Hall
Jed Mercurio
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bloodlands Series 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14)

If Bloodlands initially strikes you as being a tad ponderous and formulaic, do stick around. The action starts to clip along, with nifty cinematography and deft use of the locations around the lovely Strangford Lough.

Mar 23, 2021 | Full Review…

This slow-burning but not overlong mystery contains no wild, subversive stylistic flourishes; it's just a chilly, thoughtful, well-written and superbly acted story that connects specific, personal grief with the larger understanding...

Apr 2, 2021 | Full Review…

There are fine scenes of high tension and then convoluted twists that are more incongruous than hair-raising. Throughout, mind you, there's the compelling, whispering intimation, an apprehension that the evil of the past isn't dead and buried.

Mar 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Bloodlands is ultimately a serviceable crime drama with an interesting and complicated story to tell, but unfortunately it's too focused on plotting to make us care deeply about the characters involved.

Mar 17, 2021 | Rating: 6.6/10 | Full Review…

Mr. Brandon's storyline is that rare thing, an absolute shocker, with a plausible sense of Belfast and its current political atmosphere.

Mar 11, 2021 | Full Review…

A conventional police procedural, with conventional script mannerisms and one of those conventional, troubled heroes... Yet. There were some excellent secondary characters, particularly Lorcan Cranitch as Brannick's boss.

Mar 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Nesbitt is so impressive, in fact, it's a shame that most of the supporting cast of Bloodlands are drawn paper-thin.

Mar 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A solid drama that moves through its story efficiently without a lot of fuss.

Mar 19, 2021 | Full Review…


Mar 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The unrelenting grey, grimness of Bloodlands might be just what you're in the market for at the moment, a welcome distraction from the world outside your front door. But it also might bring you crashing back down to earth.

Feb 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bloodlands is a detective drama with ever-changing pace, excellent performances from its stellar cast, scenic Belfast backdrops and a multi-layered plot that'll leave you counting down the days until the next episode airs.

Feb 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's ultimately difficult to see Bloodlands as anything other than an appetite-whetter for the next season of Line of Duty.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bloodlands: Series 1

  • Apr 10, 2021
    I didn't expect the plot twist. Good acting, but very dark.
  • Apr 09, 2021
    Wasted our time. Every hour-long episode seemed much longer but we persevered through to the wholly unsatisfying conclusion. Don't people use cellphones to warn others (and protect themselves) before "going down dark scary roads." I guess not in the world of Bloodlands. The only thing larger than the many bullet holes are the holes within the plot. Don't think we'll be on the Season Two ride.
  • Apr 09, 2021
    Complicated but well presented "who done it". Makes you want to stay up late to find out what comes out in the next episode. Keep track of the characters and evidence or you will find yourself rewatching to be sure you "understand". What you saw. Good challenging thriller without all the blood and gore so prevalent in most other crime shows.
  • Mar 20, 2021
    Enjoyed this series, starts a bit slowly but quickly speeds up and becomes interesting.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    To start with I thought it was very good, a bit confusing at times, but very good all the same. The ending of the final episode, however, was very disappointing. I'm not going to give the final plot away, but it was so full of holes that it ruined the whole story. There is going to be a second series, but I doubt very much that I will watch it, hence my low score.
  • Mar 14, 2021
    Have any of these MSM luvvies ever been to the province ? Much as I love my beloved Belfast ( and it is shown in all its splendour ) , this is nothing more than a grandiose soap opera. Seriously idiotic scriptwriting and direction ; Lorchan reprising his character from "Fitch", " are we talking in vowels now " ? Wee IRA wifey walks into local PSNI HQ, accompanied by seriously unconvincing hoods, unchallenged, to spout off at the DCI for 30 seconds and leaves ? Totally unrealistic drama, Nesbitt hams it up for the ages. It's embarrassing in the extreme, it won't be nailing any awards. The attempts at "accent", by several of the cast is cringeworthy. In the final episode, Nesbitt ( being rumbled ) asks the station telephone operator " who was the last number to call this line ? " Seriously ? That can't be done via a telephone exchange ?
  • Mar 01, 2021
    Drawn in halfway through episode 1, I re-watched from the beginning and set the reminder for episode 2. Gripping. Detailed. Expect twists turns and expect the unexpected.... And it is only episode 2! Reminder set for episode 3! Enjoy!

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