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Playhouse Presents: The Callout

Thu May 2, 9-9.30pm, Sky Arts 1

Series two, episode three
Another understated treat from this increasingly reliable short-drama strand. Once again, the cast is impressive (Stephen Graham and Vanessa Redgrave, together at last!) but this never feels remotely like a star vehicle – for all their pedigree, the actors are, quite rightly, the humble servants of the script and scenario.

Graham is Len, a policeman on night patrol with partner Vic. A series of encounters with lonely old ladies leads to a nicely judged meditation on ageing, loneliness and communal responsibility. As usual, Graham is superb as a sensitive soul trapped in a blockishly masculine body – the resulting film is short but sweet, a reminder that good things often come in small packages.