Well played who dunnit
- The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House review by CP Customer
Paddy Considine as Inspector Whicher is the making of this drama as he plays the role in a completely unique fashion and thereby brings a whole new approach to the classic who dunnit drama. The fact that the film is based on a true story adds to the interest but it would stand on it's own as it has all the ingredients of an Agatha Christie. I wonder why Paddy didn't get snapped up for a follow up series?
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Well acted drama - but not very dramatic :(
- The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House review by RP
This is a made-for-TV drama that I saw on ITV last Christmas and was impressed by the quality - it's usually BBC who do the better 'period' dramas. Seeing it again confirms my impressions: it's very well done. Having said that, there really isn't a lot of excitement - it's a drama, but it's not very dramatic.
The story goes something like this: local plod down in Wiltshire village are struggling. The Met send down Inspector Jack Whicher of the newly-form Detective Branch. He investigates the murder of a child, but clues are hard to find and local plod is obstructive. At the end all he has are his suspicions but no hard evidence, and the suspect is released. The case destroys Whicher but he is vindicated some years later - his 'suspicions' were of course correct.
The film is well acted - I really like Paddy Considine's style - but I suspect that the lack of drama is down to Kate Summerscale's book on which the film is based, which is more of a history than a detective novel. That, together with the subject matter makes for a rather gloomy story rather than a detective thriller. I enjoyed it and I'd like to give it 4/5 but there's so much better stuff out there, so it gets 3/5 from me.
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