Save Me: Series 1 (2018)

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Series 1
Save Me

Critics Consensus

Save Me will rescue viewers' evening with outstanding performances and an absorbing mystery that never ceases to dazzle with its revelations.

100%

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Critic Ratings: 13

89%

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User Ratings: 16
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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 28, 2018
2
Air date: Mar 7, 2018
3
Air date: Mar 14, 2018
4
Air date: Mar 21, 2018
5
Air date: Mar 28, 2018
6
Air date: Apr 4, 2018

Tv Season Info

In a quest to find his missing daughter Jody, Nelly will go to any length to uncover the truth. In the process he will discover more about himself and those around him than he could have ever expected.

Critic Reviews for Save Me Series 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

This was also a drama that transcended all such complaints simply by reaching into your chest cavity and wringing your heart out for all it was worth.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The missing child has become a cliché in TV drama but James's tough vision of London is believable. Suranne Jones excels as Nelly's ex, Claire.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a long time since I saw a drama so pitch-perfect, or heard dialogue so authentic.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This six-parter is a blast of originality in a tired UK schedule dominated by largely mediocre thrillers.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an extraordinary tour de force for Lennie James... his face is the very study of conflict, humour, pain, burgeoning violence and a desperate need to glean redemption, and he pulls off each facet with powerhouse magnificence.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's absorbing because it's a police procedural that isn't a police procedural.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The central cast and characters are so well-drawn that a proposed second series would be welcome despite it requiring series one to end.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

What is also not going to happen is me watching the whole series in one sitting. It's far too tense.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Suranne Jones, as Jody's anguished mother, for instance, is heart-breakingly believable.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's terrific. It's so good that even when it's not that good and the plot impetus is lost or you're thinking, 'Hang on, he finds that house in Streatham simply by going to Streatham?', it doesn't much matter.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Dark and grimly gripping.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Save Me is incredibly strong, sometimes desperately sad, and an often moving piece of work from James.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Save Me: Series 1

  • 6d ago
    I was glued to the TV every episode! Can't wait for season 2
  • Jul 31, 2018
    Give it time and you'll be rewarded Nelson "Nelly" Rowe (Lennie James) is a popular self-styled womaniser living on a London council estate, whose life is turned upside down when he is arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his thirteen-year-old daughter Jody (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness), whom he hasn't seen in ten years. After convincing the police of his innocence, and frustrated with the way the case is progressing, Nelly decides to take matters into his own hands and try to track down Jody himself. Save Me starts very slow, but r picks up in the third episode. Lennie James, who also wrote the show, is predictably enthralling, with a simmering rage just below the surface, which is constantly threatening to boil over. Stephen Graham plays Fabio "Melon" Melonzola, a convicted sex offender trying to put the past behind him, bringing his usual chameleonic abilities to a difficult part. Suranne Jones, however, as Claire McGory, Jody's mother, isn't really given a huge amount to do beyond a few generic scenes as the quintessential worried parent, and a subplot involving her husband Barry (Barry Ward) is inexplicably dropped in the penultimate episode. These missteps notwithstanding, this is a fine amalgamation of a Ken Loach warts-and-all tonality with a more thriller-esque core that's well directed by Nick Murphy. The last episode is superb.

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