- An enormous exhibition from Joanne Froggatt.
- It saves ITV’s new six-section dramatization about a lady trapped in a brutal marriage from floating into silliness.
Angela Black review:
The best show about aggressive behaviour at home against ladies I’ve at any point seen was Lucy Gannon’s Trip Trap in 1996. It featured Kevin Whately, typically seen as the delicate and blundering Lewis however cast splendidly against type as the oppressive spouse, and Stella Gonet as his in a real sense and figuratively broken wife. By “best” I mean the most frightening, the most persistently precise and granular in its detail of the brutalisation such a relationship includes, the best at summoning the degree of the dread suffusing the casualty’s reality. A fourth of a century on, it’s as yet an unpreventable standard when I prepare myself for one more anecdotal introduction to this specific ghastliness.
Also, the attacks are various. Not as various as those that middle on the homicide of a lady, yet homegrown (or cosy accomplice) savagery (or spousal maltreatment, or battered spouses – the terms change however they are constantly required) stays a prolific field for examination. Or then again abuse, contingent upon the quality and knowledge of the item.
Angela Black, ITV’s new six-section dramatization about the cankered truth lying underneath the charming surface of a marriage, lies somewhere close to the two limits. The story of Angela (Joanne Froggatt) experiencing peacefully because of her better half Olivier (Michiel Huisman) is humane, not voyeuristic (the viciousness happens predominantly off-screen, a bloodied tooth on the passage floor letting us know all we need to know) nor looking for quick fixes to her detriment or, for sure, the cost of genuine survivors and casualties.
It benefits from a colossal exhibition from Froggatt, who gives us a lady completely depleted at this point hopping with nerves, hypervigilant yet overloaded by the weight of hopelessness and fear she conveys. She adds genuinely necessary enthusiastic heave, particularly once the spine chiller component is presented, and subtlety to a workaday content (“I can be better.