Gwyneth Hughes solid crime thriller
Trailed as one of the BBCs flagship dramas for 2007, Gwyneth Hughes solid crime thriller revolves around the disappearance of young mum Leanne (Christine Tremarco) and her two children, following the case across five episodes, each devoted to one day. Its a neat device, if derivative of 24, and Hughes has created an instantly compelling drama. Inevitably the suspense wanes as the facts gradually emerge, yet Hughes supporting characters including Penelope Wiltons anxious mother and Hugh Bonnevilles jaded detective are sensitively drawn, eliciting real empathy. Indeed, Five Days is not so much pure thriller as a superior examination of the emotional impact of such a crisis. Its just a shame that the final episodes dissatisfying revelation seems rushed and overly contrived.