There’s emotional support offered, of course, but also assistance with everything from closing bank accounts to arranging funerals. The focus falls on four families and their case workers, each dealing with a series of conflicting emotions and a sense of helplessness in the face of the unimaginable. Versluys is sensitive and discreet, but doesn’t flinch from filming difficult material, whether confessional or confrontational.
Teenager Kallum for instance – who tried in vain to stop his father stabbing his mother – insists filming continues so ‘people know what it’s like’. Versluys is rewarded with some of the rawest television you’ll see this year. ‘Broadchurch’ depicted grief with consummate skill, but even Olivia Colman or Jodie Whitaker would be hard-pressed to match the emotional impact of these real-life stories.
The Escape Rooms
Test your puzzle-solving abilities at this west London escape game. Each of their five rooms is themed (Area 51, witchcraft and Da Vinci among them) and teams of two to five have one hour to to get out by deciphering codes, opening locks and unearthing clues. Suitable for children aged ten upwards.
Venue says: “Live escape room games. Find clues, solve logic puzzles, break the codes and find the key to your freedom.”