One of Us: Episode 2

The second episode can often be the decider of a TV series. The first sets the scene, outlines the premise and introduces the characters, but it is the second that really gets the ball rolling. That’s why, often, people lose interest by the second episode – because the major event has already occurred and now it’s the details that we’re concerned with. But the details were by no means uninteresting in the second episode of One of Us.

This week, the subplot of the series was the focus. Juliet (Laura Fraser), the copper charged with unravelling the Douglas/Elliot mystery, started to feel incredibly paranoid after the drug dealer to whom she sold a considerable amount of illegal substances contacted her during work. Having involved herself in the illegal dealing to fund her ill child’s medical needs, Juliet’s paranoia is becoming evident. And rightly so, her actions caused the violent suicide of a hallucinating child who had taken the substance Juliet had been selling. Usually with subplots, the viewer never really cares about them as much as the main plot. Take the second season of Broadchurch for instance, no one cared what that random woman from Torchwood was up to, all we wanted to know was whether or not Joe was guilty. But in One of Us, the subplot is just as thrilling as the main attraction which, by the way, also escalated this week.

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 23/08/2016 – Programme Name: One of Us – TX: 30/08/2016 – Episode: n/a (No. 2) – Picture Shows: Louise Elliot (JULIET STEVENSON), Rob Elliot (JOE DEMPSIE), Claire Elliot (JOANNA VANDERHAM), Anna (GEORGINA CAMPBELL) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Mark Mainz

After agreeing to keep the murder committed by one of the family members a secret, the Douglas’ and the Elliot’s managed to bury the evidence quite well considering the presence of a mob of reporters outside their front door. But despite moving the body and the car underground, Louise Elliot (Juliet Stevenson) finds the knife used to kill the killer in her fireplace, leading her to believe that the identity of the killer must be her own son. But could it be as simple as that? Who else might have access to the house?

Consistent with each issue, AA Gill’s column in The Sunday Times seems to have something negative to say about every good programme on telly. Last week it was The Get Down, this week it was The Great British Bake Off and One of Us. To make it even worse, Gill somehow found pleasure in watching Ripper Street this week – a programme so bad it’s been passed between various channels like a hot potato, so much so that no one has a clue what’s going on in it. Anyway, as per usual, I’m disagreeing with the one-time food critic new-found TV guru and maintaining that One of Us is one of the best shows on TV right now.

One of Us continues next Tuesday (06/09/16) at 9pm.