Review: The Interceptor (S1 E8/8), Wednesday 29th July, BBC1

With UNIT’s target finally identified as the looming Roach (Trevor Eve), The Interceptor gears up for its finale. Can it get any more ridiculous and implausible on its last lap? While there’s no improvement in the dialogue, which is as clunky and clichéd as ever, there are some twisty developments in the plot, which takes on…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E7/8), Wednesday 22nd July, BBC1

Ash is out of hospital after a beating at the hands of Roach’s associate Yorkie, more determined than ever to get to the big man now that’s he’s spoken to him for the first time. But with his cover blown, he’s sidelined. After his minor faux pas of asking his kids to follow Docker, Ash no…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E6/8), Wednesday 15th July, BBC1

We have discovered a way to make The Interceptor more bearable. Rather than think of it as a hard-hitting, grown-up drama series (come on, no one will ever swallow that), just view it as a live-action version of The Powerpuff Girls, but with less gravitas, obvs. Imagine that instead of central London, it is all set…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E5/8), Wednesday 8th July, BBC1

Here we are over the halfway line and deliverance is in sight. Yes, it has seemed an eternity, but The Interceptor has only three hours of life left (in this series at least). Those few of us who have risked our sanity by persevering with this drama in the hope that it will suddenly jolt into…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E4/8), Wednesday 1st July, BBC1

We are half way through The Interceptors’ increasingly weary war against drugs and this episode found me reaching for my class C benzodiazepines for some blessed relief. It begins with Ash (OT Fagbenle) and the rest of Unit trailing after Forsberg “the Viking” (Ooh, is it suddenly about to go all Nordic cool on us?…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E3/8), Wednesday 24th June 24, BBC1

The everyday story of Central London drug-smuggling folk continues apace, drawing in every creed, race and colour with its tentacles. This week’s fall guys are (tick another ethnic minority box) a corner shop-owning South Asian family of spotless repute who fall into the clutches of the central criminal conspiracy being tracked by the Unit –…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E2/8), Wednesday 17th June, BBC1

Forget our increasingly tiresome hero ‘Ash’ Ashton (O-T Fagbenle), the real star of The Interceptor, a slapstick farrago of almost every bad 1970s cop series, is Trevor Eve. We haven’t seen nearly enough of him yet. As drugs kingpin Roach, he bestrides the screen like the Colossus of Rhodes – well, the Colossus of Pringle in…

Review: The Interceptor (S1 E1/8), Wednesday 10th June, BBC1

The BBC is billing The Interceptor as the new Spooks, but in truth it really badly wants to be the British version of The Wire. However, if you take a good look at moody, taciturn Special Agent Marcus ‘Ash’ Ashton (O-T Fagbenle in his first real UK TV lead), don’t you start getting a whiff of…

INterview: Trevor Eve, The Interceptor

We’re used to seeing Trevor Eve in crime dramas (Shoestring, Waking The Dead) and he pops up in the BBC’s new eight-part high concept crime thriller The Interceptor, but this time on the other side of the law. He plays ruthless criminal Roach, Ash’s (the leader of crime busting gang, UNIT) ultimate target. It all…

Interview: O-T Fagbenle, The Interceptor

BBC One’s new eight-part crime thriller series, The Interceptor, starts tonight (Wednesday 10th June). Although I haven’t seen it yet, everyone I’ve spoken to says it’s so bad it’s good and a real guilty pleasure. The Radio Times called it ‘laughable’. Created and written by Tony Saint, The Interceptor is a gripping eight-part series about a state-of-the-art law…