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The Field of Blood

Fri Aug 9, 9-10pm, BBC1

By Phil Harrison |
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The Field of Blood
Episode two
As the second run of ‘The Field of Blood’ concludes, the stakes get higher. The trail from Vhairi Burnett’s death leads further up the political ladder than anyone had imagined – right into the heart of GCHQ and straight to the centre of the miners’ strike. In other words, it’s the biggest story of Paddy’s life. But it could mark the end of her career too.

Once again, this news drama isn’t subtle in its political point-making – Katherine Kelly’s Maloney is an enjoyable villainous Thatcher surrogate, Devlin (David Morrissey) her implacable opponent and the climax something of a leftist wish-fulfillment fantasy. But it’s good, twisty fun, even if a closing bombshell suggests that life could be about to get even more difficult for the already-embattled Paddy. Still, we hope to see her back.

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