HELEN’S STORY wont stir up as much controversy or grab as many headlines as last week’s story but it is another triumph for writer Jimmy McGovern who delivers a subtle portrayal of the tragedy of a parent surviving their child and the void of grief left in his place.
This week’s Accused revolves around a mild mannered primary school teacher following the death of her 18-year-old son crushed to death while working at a factory. Ruled an ‘accidental death’ Helen’s pleas for answers fall on deaf ears as she is dismissed by Police. Desperation drives Helen to blow up the factory and standing before a jury she pleads for the ‘justice’ of their mercy.
What I think the Accused does particularly well is portray the numbness of grief felt after the passing of a loved one. Juliet Stevenson is sublime as the grieving mother robbed of a life with her son who finds solace in the search for answers. Hiding behind the curtain as the Police car approaches willing it to be next door’s bell they ring was wonderfully played. A mother’s love still her only reason for being as she desperately searches for the truth.
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