The Level, in sharp contrast to the darkness of The Fall, is a series that brings brightness to Brighton and shines a light in the corners of crime’s room.
This cop drama has a bit of noir, a bit of mystery, and enough screwy relationship rhetoric to make it easy to follow. Hitting audiences hard with a killer cast, this series is sure to grab attentions, and ratings, as it debuts its first season. Show creators Alexander Perrin and Gaby Chiappe present a six-part, emotion-packed, fast-paced thriller that grips at viewers while remaining somewhat procedural.
Karla Crome (Misfits) is DS Nancy Devlin. Just when she thinks her own personal darkness is behind her, it creeps back into the present moment and starts to attack. Devlin may be a solid and honest detective, but her childhood father-figure, drug runner Frank Le Saux, played by Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), catches up to her and she rekindles her friendship with Le Saux’s daughter, Hayley (played by Laura Haddock). Swept up in a crime she is supposed to be investigating, while trying to hide her past from the department, Devlin is overwhelmed, overworked, and under-protected with no end to the insanity in sight.
There are those within the department who are squinting their eyes at the scenarios surrounding the major mystery of the series. Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood, Brotherhood) portrays DS Gunner Martin, the often critical and moody cop who suspects there is something fishy going on with Devlin and this case; Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders) as DCI Michelle Newman, the top boss that doesn’t believe a word of what Devlin says, and instead relies on her intuition to keep a close watch on her every move. Both of these characters balance out the dire danger Devlin faces, lending some sane answers to the question marks in everyone’s minds.
It’s early on in the initial season, but already IMDb voters have rated @Level a 7.2 out of 10, however lacking any comments from viewers. Those who are blogging about the show rave the gorgeous cinematic framing, the portrayal of a shining Brighton almost as if it has received a recent make-over, and the only complaint being about the advertisements on ITV annoyingly breaking up the storyline.
#Level premiered on September 30, 2016, and there are unfortunately no ratings or viewer numbers on which to base a prediction for the future of this clever cop series. However, based on the stellar cast and the, so far, content reviews from a pleased audience, the likelihood is strong that there will be a season 2. There are no official network announcements to confirm this suspicion at this time, so be sure to subscribe while you wait with us!
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