ACCUSED (BBC) “Alison’s Story” Review

This week’s ACCUSED is the final instalment in the excellent series written by Jimmy McGovern. Alison’s Story is about infidelity and marriage breakdown – an ordinary tale but with McGovern nothing is ever ordinary in this story of lust, betrayal and revenge.
The challenge of the Accused series is how to make an hour of drama entertaining when the audience is shown a defendant in the dock awaiting trial – it’s like knowing the ship sinks in Titanic, why bother right? Well the answer is fill each episode with a rich cast of strong British talent and give them a script which is as complex as it is brave. Alison’s Story is no exception.
When I saw that Naomie Harris would be the lead I was excited to see it as she was brilliant in last years Channel 4 drama Poppy Shakespeare. Here she plays a mother with a young family who has an affair, is caught and then has to battle her increasingly unstable husband who attempts to frame her to get sole custody of their children.
Initially I did feel for Alison’s husband. She has a life away from the home, an interesting, rewarding job while David’s left to play house husband – cooking, cleaning, organising birthday parties. His life is his family. That is until he snaps, rapes Alison and then goes all Cape Fear turning into a class A nutcase.

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