Save Me: Save Me (2018)


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



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 21

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Air date: Feb 28, 2018

Ne'er-do-well Nelly's life is rocked when he is accused of abducting his estranged daughter.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2018

Claire and Barry stage a press conference appealing for help, where Barry makes a reckless move. Meanwhile, Nelly pursues his own lines of enquiry.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2018

Nelly confronts Melon and questions him over Jody's disappearance; Thorpe and O'Halloran reveal to Claire and Barry that the police received a distress call from Jody over two weeks ago, the day after she went missing.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2018

The police reveal a possible location from where the distress call was made, so Nelly decides to attempt to find the house where Jody is being held, only to discover an abandoned house.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2018

Nelly begs Melon to help him get close to a brothel owner, in the hope that he will lead him to Jody. Meanwhile, Melon learns that a young girl with Jody's description is to be sold through an auction.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, Nelly confronts Luke over his involvement in Jody's disappearance; and Claire manages to find 12,000 which Nelly takes along to the auction, but he soon realizes that he is out of his depth.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Save Me Save Me

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

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 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 mystery features sexual content, violence, drugs.

Mar 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Save Me then becomes an emotional tale of humanity.

Aug 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Apr 16, 2019 | 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…

Dark and grimly gripping.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Save Me: Save Me

  • Jan 10, 2021
    Brits are coming. and they know their stuff. rarely I encountered a tv series so well crafted as this one. the main actor, whom is also the creator and the writer did a marvelous job. it's one of the rare cases, where the lead role couldn't be given to another human being. exactly like The OA, one of the most unique tv drama series, performed and created by the ingenious Brit Marling, inexplicably erase from the face of the earth by a certain mr. ted sarandos, who's interested just in new proselytizing algorithms for his creature. back to Save Me, we all are extremely anxious to know when season 3 will be available. probably in late april.
  • Nov 05, 2020
    The acting is without fault. But midway through it really dragged. The series could have been edited down to movie size. Whatever subtext there was (barely any) did not justify the length and wasted screen time. A disappointment because I really like Lenny James.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    I have long rated Lennie James as one of the UK's best actors. The fact that he created this shows he has more talent than just acting. The rest of the cast including Kerry Godliman and Stephen Graham are outstanding. I love the slow burn storyline and the attention to detail in regard to life on a London high-rise estate. This is a must-watch show.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Fabulous script and plot. Great acting abd filming which captured SE london pub life superbly. A must see.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    Lennie James e foarte bun
  • Jan 22, 2020
    I was glued to the TV every episode! Can't wait for season 2
  • Jul 31, 2018
    "Nelly" Rowe (Lennie James) is a popular self-styled womaniser living on a Deptford council estate in London, 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. From a plot perspective, the first season of Save Me starts very slowly, but what it does do extremely well is build up a background of small details that help establish the milieu as authentic and lived-in. The housing estate in Deptford is essentially a character in itself, and the glimpses of the denizens going about their idiosyncratic ways gives an almost documentarian tone – from the guy doing tai chi on his balcony to the kids kicking a football at one another, to the young lesbian couple stealing a kiss against a wall, to the meditating Buddhist, to the couple dancing slowly on a basketball court, to the woman in a burka carrying a skateboard, to the older folk watching it all happen day after day, it's a paean to the real lives that people lead in this kind of community. Indeed, one of the most consistent themes is the importance community in general. Elsewhere, the penultimate episode features a 'rape' scene that's exceptionally difficult to watch, but not for the reasons you'd think, and which offers a fascinating portrayal of how potent sexual power dynamics can be. 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 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, it she plays the part well, going with subtlety and shock rather than histrionics. Strangely, a subplot involving her husband Barry (Barry Ward) is inexplicably dropped in the penultimate episode. These missteps notwithstanding, the season is a fine amalgamation of a Ken Loach warts-and-all tone with a more thriller-esque core that's well directed by Nick Murphy.

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