Collateral: Miniseries (2018)


Miniseries
Collateral

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Collateral's social commentary is sometimes overbearing, but strong performances cut through an overcrowded script to suggest that good intentions can count for something.

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Critic Ratings: 40

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Air date: Mar 9, 2018
2
Air date: Mar 9, 2018
3
Air date: Mar 9, 2018
4
Air date: Mar 9, 2018

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The killing seems professional but the only witness, a young woman strung out on drugs on the street corner, gives the police a false name and address. Kip tracks down Abdullah's home, a set of garages, to find his sisters. They are scared and Kip's convinced they're hiding something. Set over the course of four days, the spiraling repercussions surrounding Abdullah's murder are explored. Politician David Mars (John Simm) becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife Karen who took delivery of the pizza. While Jane Oliver (Nicola Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the sole witness to the crime. Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, Kip is determined to discover if there is a darker truth, as the death of one individual, who has lived out of the sight of respectable society, begins to resonate through the institutions that shape our lives.

Cast

Carey Mulligan
as DI Kip Glaspie
John Simm
as David Mars
Nicola Walker
as Jane Oliver
Billie Piper
as Karen Mars
Nathaniel Martello-White
as DS Nathan Bilk
Jeany Spark
as Sandrine Shaw
Ben Miles
as DSU Jack Haley
Hayley Squires
as Laurie Stone
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Critic Reviews for Collateral Miniseries

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (10)

For all its faults, Collateral remained gripping to the end.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

With a set-up this tantalising, what a shame it would be if Collateral's script doesn't settle down.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

From the beginning, the show was not only superbly high energy, but peopled with characters whose back stories are easily as gripping as the main action.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Mars looks like a nice guy so far, but who can tell what's going on behind those curranty eyes?

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This could be a fruitful exercise, if tackled with care, and a willingness to find nuance in a subject that's deeply fraught. But Hare, whose work has always had a polemicist strain, paints only in black and white.

Mar 11, 2018 | Full Review…

By centering this story around all of these totemic societal institutions, Collateral is taking a broad view of all of these key political, legal, and religious pillars, which are subject to the individuals who comprise them.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

I really, really hope that, down the line, the plot demands she vault over a five-metre wall to bag the baddie. That would get the full five stars.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a smart and solid miniseries, particularly for those who don't already watch a lot of bleak British detective shows and can still be surprised by how everything in London seems connected.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The show takes its subject matter seriously to be sure, but there's still time for Kip to have a rat-a-tat conversation with her partner about her pole vaulting days, or for characters to chat about something other than the exposition at hand.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

All these threads start to pull together and the convoluted story becomes clearer. That's not to say that the threads wrap up neatly into a little bow - but there is a satisfying ending, of sorts.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Collateral: Miniseries

  • Apr 13, 2019
    Some Of The Greatest Writing and Complex Storylines I Have Seen In Years WOW, what an excellent 4-Part series-with a killer soundtrack as well. Collateral has something for everybody:It's a murder mystery, It's a political drama, It's a spy thriller. As you follow this very complex tale you cannot help but feel the intrigue and tension build. It is a tremendous shame the British Academy Television Awards only saw fit to give Collateral only 2 nominations. Collateral is a must watch for everyone in 2019.
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Loved this - can't wait for the next miniseries - Carey Mulligan is outstanding
  • Jan 10, 2019
    I've only just seen this and was very impressed by the writing, the varied women characters and the brilliant Carey Mulligan. Beautifully crafted with no easy solutions
  • Jan 06, 2019
    This series was a total bore, no tension , no twists in the plot and totally unlikable characters. The story was predictable and simply not belieavable. Total waste of time
  • Aug 12, 2018
    Good story, not for everyone though.
  • Aug 04, 2018
    A fast paced show, which does not slack off even a tiny bit. Absolutely loved it
  • Jul 13, 2018
    I started out wanting to like this, but by episode 2, realized it was leftover meaty drama stew, pureed. No quarel with the acting, visually engaging, but the story was a mess. It was seasoned with Trader Joe's "21seasoning salute" sprinkled enthusiastically on the issues it strived to address, every last one of them. Moments of subtle insight, perne in a gyre.
  • May 26, 2018
    Injured pole vault star turned teacher, turned detective solves crime. It Turns out that brexit did it. The end.
  • May 15, 2018
    Honestly, I don't understand what people didn't understand. What loose ends? it was quality drama. the scene between carey mulligan and the mi5 guy in episode 4 was priceless. people just don't want to think anymore; inference is lost on them.
  • Apr 08, 2018
    Carrie Mulligan whips through emotions with precision in this snappy, slow burn crime ride.

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