National Treasure: Season 1 (2016)

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National Treasure

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National Treasure offers a unique perspective on celebrity crime through the eyes of its perpetrator -- and gripping performances from a strong ensemble cast.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017
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Paul Finchley is a famous comedian who is loved by the public until a rape accusation turns his world upside down.

Cast

Robbie Coltrane
as Paul Finchley
Julie Walters
as Marie Finchley
Andrea Riseborough
as Dee Finchley
Babou Ceesay
as Jerome Sharpe
Susan Lynch
as Christina
Kate Hardie
as Rebecca Thornton
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Critic Reviews for National Treasure Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

National Treasure, too, reminds of how much can be done in a limited-episode format, tackling an impossibly tricky subject within a tight frame. That it leaves you wanting more is only one of its achievements.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Be assured that National Treasure pays off in every way a British crime drama can pay off.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A strong, challenging drama with great performances.

Feb 27, 2017 | Full Review…

There's an obvious familiarity to the subject matter, but with National Treasure, Thorne never makes it seem rote, boring or insignificant.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

It ... does capture an awful sense of isolation in close quarters, the sadness of lives that never quite align. And there's plenty to chew on from beginning to the end.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

I'd suggest that the main thing which could stop National Treasure making the transition from a good to a great drama is its own somewhat painful sense of responsibility.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

In particular, the final episode - which revealed both the jury's verdict, and the truth behind the Finchley accusations - was sickeningly tense.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Coltrane, Waters and Riseborough are brilliant in this compelling drama.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Whatever the answer, "National Treasure" is a well-acted and gripping drama that reminds us the images celebrities present of themselves to the world are often only skin-deep.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

This is gripping stuff, particularly if you've ever wondered what happens to the people whose sins are splashed across newspaper headlines.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A smart set up and a strong opening episode are derailed by a middling mid section. At the very least, though, National Treasure delivers a denouement worth the wait.

Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

National Treasure is a fantastic investigation into the shadows of the human psyche, with forceful and deeply layered performances-by everyone, really ... At four episodes, it's marvelous binge material. Make popcorn.

Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for National Treasure: Season 1

  • Nov 26, 2017
    Very interesting look into the topic of sexual abuse, and how it affects everyone involved, guilty or not. I found it most interesting that it doesn´t give a clear solution, an answer, or closure, but instead focuses on the ambiguity, the second thoughts, the doubt. Great performances throughout. A particular highlight was the wardrobe, which describes and enhances the characters perfectly, in past and present scenes. Robbie Coltrane´s dark blue sweater with pink diamonds stuck with me. He really looks the part. Beautifully directed with the end shots during the credits being particularly artful and impressive.
  • Sep 05, 2017
    Well-written and acted.
  • Mar 01, 2017
    I've seen two episodes so far. The characters are very likable in the beginning, but they get more and more ugly as the series goes on. The characters in the flashbacks seem like completely different persons. It's very unpleasant and less and less believable. The Jimmy Savile scandal is an important subject, but this film ultimately feels exploitative in its own way. Not sure if I want to finish it.

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