The Virtues: Series 1 (2019)


Series 1
The Virtues

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Stephen Graham gives a masterful performance in Shane Meadows' deeply personal depiction of trauma, gifting viewers with a raw account of self-destruction and a hopeful promise of renewal.

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Air date: May 15, 2019
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A troubled man travels to Ireland to confront demons from a childhood spent in the care system.

Critic Reviews for The Virtues Series 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

The series is a reminder that facing up to one's problems doesn't guarantee release, but does allow for the possibility of moving forward.

Mar 31, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Filmed with such a raw, visceral style and nothing less than totally compelling, The Virtues is some of Meadows' best work.

Apr 16, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Virtues," a four-chapter limited series, is both the harshest and most tender enterprise director Shane Meadows has undertaken to date.

Apr 12, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's tough viewing at times and somehow deeply rewarding.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Anchored by breathtakingly raw performances from Graham and Algar, The Virtues is a grounded drama that takes viewers through the arduous manifestation of repressed trauma.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Meadows is one of our foremost writers who is documenting contemporary working-class British life and should be as highly regarded as Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.

Mar 31, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Gripping TV with a harrowing story and a vivid sense of place.

Mar 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With economical dialogue and fly-on-the-wall camera work, much responsibility lies on the actors' shoulders; thankfully they are all very much up to the task.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a supremely controlled display of a man in chaos, grasping for redemption.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At once both compelling and painful.

Aug 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The conclusion [is] one of the most tense endings I've seen in a series. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Bleakness and despair were also in abundance in the feature-length finale of The Virtues. As TV dramas go, they don't come much darker. They also don't come more brilliantly acted.

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

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