Saturday, 10 March 2012

White Heat: S1 Ep1 - The Past Is A Foreign Country

On TV: Thursday 8th March 2012
Channel: BBC Two 9pm
Episode Type: 1/6
In 1 Sentence: A brilliant drama that has potential to be gripping...
BBC Summary: Six-part drama series about the interwoven lives of seven people whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the 60s through to the present day. 
Ep1: In 2012, Charlotte arrives at the flat of a recently deceased friend. She was one of seven students who once lived there. Memories are triggered of 1965 when they all met for the first time. Full of idealism and potential they embark on a journey of discovery, love and betrayal.

My Review: I was pretty excited about this when I first heard about it, mostly because it stars Claire Foy who I’ve followed for a while and was particuarly magnificent in The Promise which was on C4 last year. In everything I’ve seen her in, she is outstanding, and thankfully her talents continue in White Heat. She plays Charlotte who was the ‘lead’ in the first episode. However, we first meet Charlotte in the modern day, played by Juliet Stevenson, as she goes back to the house where the roommates first lived in the 1960’s, We soon discover that one of the roommates has died, which leaves you wondering throughout the episode who that will be. I assume that we won’t find out until the final episode, as we were very gradually introduced to some of the characters. 
Until the story enfolds more I can’t say whether I’m especially invested, but so far Charlotte and art student Lilly are the most likeable characters. 
It was shot quite darkly but the 1960’s fashions were gorgeous to see and I can’t help but wish that the whole series was set in the 60s as unfortunately the series seems to move on up until the present day. The liberalisation of the 60s is the perfect backdrop for this episode and a great deal happens so it keeps you interested right up into the end. It has potential to be gripping once the group dynamic is in full swing and as more clues as to who dies are revealed...
Score: 8/10

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