Deadwater Fell: Series 1 (2020)


Series 1
Deadwater Fell

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A disturbing new mystery reminiscent of Broadchurch, Deadwater Fell is gripping, even if the plot doesn't always hold water.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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User Ratings: 18

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 10, 2020
2
Air date: Jan 17, 2020
3
Air date: Jan 24, 2020
4
Air date: Jan 31, 2020

Tv Season Info

Dark crime thriller.

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Critic Reviews for Deadwater Fell Series 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

It's one of those mystery series that plays games with its viewers instead of presenting them with a convincing case to solve or characters in which to invest.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The four-episode Deadwater Fell from creator Daisy Coulam isn't really an overhaul of its particular genre, but thanks to entertaining performances and a perspective that steers viewers away from the obvious, it's a reasonably satisfyingly fast whodunnit.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Crime dramas have their fashions, and Coulam uses the abstract architecture of Broadchurch to create psychological confusion, an effect achieved with a jumbled chronology.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Deadwater Fell is gruelling, but it's hard to take your eyes off it.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer Daisy Coulam is surgical in stripping away the facade television so loves to depict and sell of family being more important than anything else in the world. Not so much here.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Tennant is so good when he's bad.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The performances are on-point across the board.

Apr 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The more layers are peeled back, the more unsettling Deadwater Fell becomes.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Coulam provides a satisfying ending that doesn't suggest another season, content to close this story through final (perhaps slightly rushed) revelations tinged with hope. For fans of crime dramas, that is exactly what we come for.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

A grim and sombre affair with an oppressive atmosphere that starts off as a slow-burn - but the kind of slow burn you want to persist with.

Apr 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Gripping.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Deadwater Fell is a superbly written and directed drama with strong, engaging performances throughout.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadwater Fell: Series 1

  • May 23, 2020
    This show is a character study of how bad people can infect the ones around them. Interesting and engaging.
  • May 18, 2020
    Meh...about 90 minutes of plot stretched to 4 hours...with unlikable characters and a bland solution...for fans of David Tennants beard
  • May 01, 2020
    DEADWATER FELL: Brutal, heavy, tedious, slow slow pace, child murder. great actors, great acting........unbelievably horrible script. Why Tennant takes roles in films that feature child murder is beyond understanding. This is not a meaningful address of a social problem, it's simply an indulgence in abuse. Murdering adults is a common literary theme. Murdering children as entertainment needs to be abandoned by our culture. C'mon David. "Good Omens" however, was fabulous.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    Really didn't care for it. Too predictable and too dark.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    Too too contrived and weird. British mysteries are becoming predictable and unpleasant.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    Well acted, but terribly written. Characters are two dimensional gender cliches which makes the plot extremely predictable. Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, if every man is a domineering, sex-crazed, destructive brute, and every woman is an innocent victim, then there aren't many surprises when there is only one male suspect. It's great that the women were the competent heroes in the story, but heroes also have to be responsible for their own mistakes, and these were not, which makes the female characters largely passive and old-fashioned. The direction is uninspired and derivitive. A lot of characters, like the young petty criminal and Tenant's own character, seem like they are taken from a pantomime.
  • Apr 13, 2020
    It's good but if you want a dark crime set in a small town and starring Tennant, I'd rather recommend Broadchurch.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    A boring load of Guardian clichés: don't bother with it. Channel 4, and in some respects the BBC need to wake up to the fact that it isn't 2002 and look to Netflix and it's like to see what is expected of a modern drama.
  • Feb 02, 2020
    A punch in the stomach. In tragedies as familicides there are no twists, unfortunately, only the bare truth and the pain the victim doesn't get help until it's too late. In my country there are been several cases like DWF, the most horrible was so similar to DWF. The husband and father couldn't accept the separation, he was jealous of his wife, he wanted to make her suffer and be blamed, he also insulted his own solicitor (like Tom). A crude monster with no justification. https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tullio_Brigida But it's also the other way round...
  • Feb 01, 2020
    DWF was not so bad, the topic was good, all the actors did very well. Tennant in the final sensational. If, however, the creators told the story differently.

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