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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Fear'
(Peter Mullan, Harry Lloyd, Paul Nicholls, et al / DVD / R / (2012) 2013 / Channel 4)

Overview: A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind.

DVD Verdict: I actually came across this UK TV series by accident - happy accident, as it turns out. Because wow, what an incredible, dark, disturbing and yet all the way through revealing tale. if not just for medical reasons!

The four-parter kicks off with our lead hero Richie Beckett (Mullan) getting shot in the head. Seemingly all alone (save for the shooter) one dark night on Brighton beach, the next four hours is all about who did it and why? From the off we discover he is a hard man, a boss man, and a man with a building medical issue. He's trying to put his thuggish ways behind him, and so is investing in the rebuilding of the infamous Brighton pier. But on the car journey home, a uni-cyclist leans against his car and suddenly he's out, thumping ten bells of crap out of the poor guy.

Only a few short moments after the attack, Richie seems to remember nothing about it.

And so the story unfolds of this thug-turned-businessman who has two sons - one always neatly suited and booted (and homosexual), the other a wide boy, to wide for his own depraved ways. Indeed, it's the latter who promises some Eastern European thugs that he can help them with their housing issues in Brighton.

He was sadly wrong, because as much as his dad has, unbeknownst to anyone at this juncture, early onset Alzheimer's he wants nothing to do with the Eastern European's.

Sure, this great show didn't need to be four parts, four hrs long, but it is intense from moment number one until the dying (Literally) last few seconds. It is something you simply cannot take your eyes off. And nor would you dare wish to. Channel 4's latest show is a tale, primarily of Brighton, sure, but one of how people deal with Alzheimer's - or not, as the case may be.

For my money there are too many did-he-do-wrong flashbacks, of a psychedelic swingin' '60s time when he may, or may not have shot a young girl twice in the stomach. These flashbacks play over and over and over (for us and him) and just serve, if you watch the show back-to-back re: episodes to become too damn repetitive. That said, the show is captivating as a whole and well worth a night in with some beers and a chinese! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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