‘The Capture’

With a case of wrongful killing being dismissed, British soldier Shawn Emery (Callum Turner) is free to return to his London home: Emery’s barrister proving incriminating video footage depicting the killing of an Afghani as faulty. But then a few days later, CCTV footage, monitored live, shows Emery involved in a violent late night altercation with that same barrister, Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock). And now she’s missing.

So begins a cat and mouse (possible) murder mystery thriller as Emery denies the video evidence. And, witnessing the initial reaction, ambitious Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) is confused by what she assumed to be an open and shut case. Things become even more confusing when, out of the blue, MI5 makes the CCTV footage inadmissable. Emery is once more free to go.

A mix of technology, ‘Big Brother’-style surveillance and old-fashioned policing, The Capture is an enjoyable six-episode conspiracy of PTSD, secrets and hokum. (It’s not everyday you see Ron Perlman in a British TV series). The ultimate reveal may be something of a let down but an angry and provacative Emery is balanced by an empathic Carey as the narrative winds between investigation and personal stories. As a detective who came from the surveillance sector, Carey questions the basis of her meteoric rise, more so as Detective Superintendent Gemma Garland (Lia Williams) appears to be undermining her every move.

Rating: 65%


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