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 (22) | Top Critics (10)

nyone who'd seen the first three parts of The Virtues... might have predicted that the finale would not be candyfloss and hugs. But it did, in its own way, achieve something close to redemption.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The concluding episode of The Virtues saw Meadows working on a new level, blending raw feeling and technical mastery to create drama that will live in viewers' minds for days, weeks, maybe years to come.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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[Stephen] Graham deserves a real Bafta for an outstanding performance in what is, in all honesty, a pretty harrowing tale.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I'd underestimated Meadows's ability to make you sympathise with nearly anything... The trick is not to give viewers the impression they are being manipulated, and somehow he manages it.

May 29, 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…

There's never any danger of The Virtues descending into poverty porn - Meadows knows how to pile on the misery without making it gratuitous. Instead, suffering always has a point and serves a semi-religious purpose.

Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Pavarotti luxuriates in beauty and pain, savoring everything. It's not just an introduction to its subject; it shows us how to live.

Jun 4, 2019 | 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…

It's early to be sticking my neck out, but I think we might be looking at one of the best dramas of the year.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Virtues: Series 1

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