Multiple timelines. Dead children. A small town with secrets. ITV’s latest whodunit is rather jumping on its own bandwagon. ‘Broadchurch’ comparisons are as inevitable as they are unfair, although ‘The Guilty’ does feature a predominantly comedic actress (Tamsin Greig) ‘doing an Olivia Colman’ as the investigating officer.
Still, it’s a reasonably intriguing opener which could yet blossom into something special in its next two episodes. The focus is four-year-old Callum, who goes missing on a bank holiday weekend and whose body is only discovered five years later, only yards from where he disappeared. Both periods are intercut, sometimes a little clumsily (2008: sun-dappled, hazy; 2013: grey, bleak), as we perceive the troubles and tensions bubbling beneath the suburban bonhomie.
Darren Boyd and Katherine Kelly are superb as the loved-up/grieving parents, and there’s a certain grimy appeal to digging below the surface of a middle-class paradise. But there’s also the feeling that we’ve been here many, many times before.
The Wine Tasting Shop
This Balham wine bar and shop focuses on smaller producers, with more than 400 bottles available in store and more than 20 wines by the glass. Customers can either take a bottle away with them or they can drink in for a flat fee. Keep an eye out for wine tastings and other special events – including live music. There's food too, with cheese platters, charcuterie boards, seafood plates, Catalan almonds, goose rillettes and hare and Armagnac terrine some of the options available.
Venue says: “We have live blues music on Friday and Saturday nights. Pick from 20 wines by the glass and cheese and charcuterie platters to share.”