‘White Lines’

Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll (well, House to be more accurate) on the Spanish island of Ibiza as Zoe (Laura Haddock) tries to understand what happened to her brother, Axel. Missing for 20 years, torrential rain has revealed his mummified body.

With its split timeframes, White Lines simultaneously weaves several narratives.

Twenty years earlier, Axel (Tom Rhys Harries) left his Manchester home with best friends to make his fortune. Ibiza proved to be his making – and his undoing. A successful DJ in the early years of House and raves, Axel and Marcus (Daniel Mays) are the toast of Ibiza. But the wealthy and powerful Calafat family are less than impressed.

The present day sees the arrival of Zoe on the Spanish island. Now married with a teenage daughter, she was deeply affected by the disappearance of her older sibling, attempting suicide and spending many years in therapy. But with many of Axel’s friends still on the island, she wants to know what happened.

An indulgent White Lines takes everything to excess. Axel was murdered – but why and by whom? Home truths shock Zoe as she discovers more and more about her beloved brother. Sex, drugs and music whether 20 years ago or now are the centre of the action as Zoe hooks up with hunky Boxer (Nuno Lopes), bodyguard to the Calafats, in her search. Along the way we are ‘treated’ to Romanian drug dealers, orgies, raves, family feuds, incest, violence, police chases and the occasional sunset.

It has its moments – primarily in the first two or three episodes, but White Lines becomes repetitive – including the dullard Zoe. Ten episodes are, like the storyline(s), too much.

Rating: 50%