Southcliffe: Miniseries (2013)


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A small town is devastated when a deranged killer goes on a shooting spree.


Rory Kinnear
as David Whitehead
Sean Harris
as Stephen Morton
Shirley Henderson
as Claire Salter
Anatol Yusef
as Paul Gould
Eddie Marsan
as Andrew Salter
Joe Dempsie
as Chris Cooper
Nichola Burley
as Sarah Gould
Kaya Scodelario
as Anna Salter
Paul Blackwell
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Southcliffe Miniseries

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The performances are consistently vivid, the violence, focus and style intense and elevated by a perfect balance of near-journalistic remove, impressionism and fully-earned emotional heft. Trust us, it's worth your time.

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They gave an amazing cast the means to connect viscerally with audiences and allow the raw emotion of the story to do the work, all the way to its bleakly resigned close.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Southcliffe was an exercise in poise and pacing, skipping backwards and forwards in time, ramping up tension as we moved inexorably towards the dire outcome.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Southcliffe's only redeeming story element came in its closing scenes, when that doomed hand-over appeared to have been averted. Scant consolation, strong drama.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While Southcliffe's easy to admire, its value is less clear. Perhaps witnessing suffering at those levels is medicinal and cathartic, a cleansing grief enema. Perhaps not. Either way, it's not an experience I'm in any rush to repeat.

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Grisoni and Durkin are incredibly reliable pair of hands. Durkin brings his own brand of slow, uneasy brooding tension and unease while Grisoni's talent as a screenwriter precedes him.

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It might not be the cheeriest TV, but as far as bleakness goes, this is rare and brilliant Sunday-night viewing.

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The consistently excellent and emotionally forceful performances aside, perhaps Durkin's greatest achievement here is a magnificently doomy sense of place.

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Southcliffe is plainly reaching for the nuanced, novelistic, noir-ish heights of multicharacter dramas like The Killing or The Wire.

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A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling, Southcliffe ramps things up a notch...maintaining an incredible suspense across its four-hour duration.

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