Southcliffe: Miniseries Reviews

April 19, 2019
Southcliffe is the best British programme I have seen in a long time, it is daring, dark and artistic in a way that many writers would fear to replicate or even endure for their screenplays.
April 19, 2019
It's 50 minutes of harrowing television. Brilliant television, but harrowing. Not one to watch if you're having a bad day.
April 12, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2019
While Southcliffe's execution...is 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.
April 12, 2019
In all it's a tragic waste of an astoundingly powerful beginning that simply didn't know when or how to stop.
April 12, 2019
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.
April 12, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 12, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2019
It might not be the cheeriest TV, but as far as bleakness goes, this is rare and brilliant Sunday-night viewing.
April 12, 2019
The consistently excellent and emotionally forceful performances aside, perhaps Durkin's greatest achievement here is a magnificently doomy sense of place.
April 12, 2019
Southcliffe is plainly reaching for the nuanced, novelistic, noir-ish heights of multicharacter dramas like The Killing or The Wire.
April 12, 2019
A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling, Southcliffe ramps things up a notch...maintaining an incredible suspense across its four-hour duration.
April 12, 2019
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.
July 25, 2018
Savour this bleak, intense and utterly absorbing hour of television.