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Utopia review channel 4 Where children die and men are forged

by Debs Marsden. Published Fri 01 Feb 2013 15:48, last updated: 01/02/13

The action picks up sharp from the last episode with the main characters now split into two groups, feeling their way through a shadowy world of unknowns and half-truths; now bereft of hope and certainty.

As ever, the drama is beautifully shot, the screen awash with colours which provides an epic backdrop to every word. The intriguing use of framing in each scene also adds to the overall feel of unease.

Powerful performances from the now sizeable cast drive the story forward. The ridiculously named Wilson Wilson is a firm favourite, acted well by Adeel Akhtar, who plays his role with heart and realism.

Arby, the hitman who stalks through each episode leaving a gruesome amount of bodies, is sweetly confused. A fabulous portrayal of a character with hidden depths from Neil Maskell.

The vast secret organisation alluded to in this marvellous drama is a fascinating prospect, especially as the audience is shown only the merest glance.

A world where a CIA operative is killed without hesitation because they "won't know anything" is unfamiliar territory for fans of usual conspiracy theories.

Shockings scene in the series' third instalment seems designed to provoke outcry among the more sensitive of the viewing public.

Child deaths are never comfortable subject matter, be they real or imagined. So a small scale mass murder in a school was always destined to cause something of a thorny issue.

But, the ends justify the means when painting an image of an organisation with no scruples and a far bigger plan. Gratuitous it is not.

Utopia continues with sublime pace, tantalising the viewer with the promise of answers, but leaving them with many more questions left unanswered.



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