Hidden: People in glass houses…

If you’re quick, you can currently catch up with the complete series of four episodes of Hidden on BBC iPlayer.

I’d recommend it. For a start you’ve got Philip Glenister at the heart of it, playing Harry Venn, a solicitor with a murky past. Put the words ‘Philip Glenister’ and ‘murky’ together, and I’m a happy woman (having said that, and it feels bizarre to admit this after the superb *Life on Mars, I may have loved him most for his role in Cranford).

(* see here for my esteemed colleague Jo-the-Hat’s Lustbox post for Gene Hunt)

He’s in amusing and laconic mode in Hidden. The premise isn’t startlingly innovative – it’s a bit Philip Marlowe-esque. Slightly seedy Harry, who has a guilty secret (he was getaway driver in a violent raid committed by his brother twenty years previously), is paid a visit by a beautiful, mysterious dame with a slightly foreign accent, a stranger with ‘trouble’ written right through her like a stick of rock. This is Gina Hawkes, played by Thekla Reuten, and, as an aside, she has the most beautiful eyebrows I have ever seen.

So, Gina wants Harry to get an imprisoned dodgy geezer off a charge for which she believes him innocent. I won’t go into further details about the plot, because if you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to spoil it. But let’s just say there’s lots of juicy twists and turns, involving: a particularly nasty variant on a ‘help desk’, much scheming and dirty politics, prison corruption, a top judge, swanking about in Paris, some hiding from baddies in warehouse scenes and the expected computer hacking scenes. Oh yes, and a bit of a nasty occurrence in Kew. Suffice it to say, people in glass houses shouldn’t carry guns.

In other words, there’s quite a lot of what you’d expect from ‘this sort of thing’, but it’s very enjoyable and done with aplomb. And the storyline, whilst complicated, is graspable for audiences used to twisty turny Spooks style drama. There are a occasional sections of dialogue that are a bit hackneyed, and not all of the actors in smaller parts are quite up to the standard of Glenister and Reuten, but there’s plenty to savour here, including a role for the ever-magnificent Anna Chancellor.

Posted by Inkface


Filed under Detective/police drama

2 responses to “Hidden: People in glass houses…

  1. Tim

    I haven’t seen the last part yet but it’s been an enjoyable drama, if a bit heavy in its repeated use of portentous flashbacks. Agree that some of the supporting characters/performances have been a bit thin, but Anna Chancellor and David Suchet have stolen every scene they have been in.

  2. inkface

    DAVID SUCHET. I couldn’t remember who he was. Of course. Yes, he was brilliant. Thank you Tim!

    I agree re the occasional heavy handed approach, but overall, still pretty good I reckon.

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