(Aidan Gillen, Keeley Hawes, Holly Aird, Elyes Gabel, Shaun Parkes, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2010) 2011 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Detective Superintendent Martha Lawson (MI-5's Keeley Hawes) runs London's Identity Unit in this ITV series, but the true star is new Irish-born hire John Bloom (The Wire's Aidan Gillen), a former undercover cop. He joins Tessa (Holly Aird), José (Elyes Gabel), and Anthony (Shaun Parkes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries). Their target: identity thieves!
DVD Verdict: 'Identity' is the story of how a London-based Identity Unit (in real life, a faux one - just for the record) came to be, and how one man can undermine (seemingly) all the good time and effort put into its creation and worth therein.
Comprising a wonderful supporting cast of Tessa (Holly Aird -`Waking The Dead') as the tech geek (although she fully admits in the text interview with her on this disc that she knows nothing about computers); DC Jose (Elyes Gabel - 'Casualty'); and DS Anthony (Shaun Parkes - 'Inspector Lyndley') - who is always questioning Bloom's IDU loyalty.
In episode one, 'SECOND LIFE,' we get straight into the thick of things when a suburban gun man rants that it was not him that did all the bad things he is accused of ... and then shoots a cop! A mystery man named `Smith' has stolen the identity of veteran Justin, a man also now accused of a deadly hit and run on his own wife!
In 'CHELSEA GIRL,' a young girl brutally steals the identity of her roomie, leaves Australia and comes back to the UK - but why? Bloom's own personal previous undercover-related work starts to catch up with him, but doesn't distract from a great twist ending here! Also, one of the best lines in the series is spoken when Bloom tells his boss, "I'm feeling the tough, Martha. But I'm not feeling the love!"
In 'PARIAH,' a woman's ID in Witness Protection is blown, but why and by whom? Again, Bloom's past gets in the way and he must sort it out quickly before it ruins his new career. A child is stolen and the chase is on to find him before he is killed. Another good twist ending here too!
In 'REPARATION,' a secluded, bed-ridden millionaire with cancer is suddenly 'swapped out' for a lookalike - but why and how do they prove it? Bloom revives his undercover role whilst in the middle of the case and suddenly things are really becoming too complicated with him and his world. This is a really well orchestrated episode, for sure.
In 'SOMEWHERE THEY CAN'T FIND ME,' another great episode, a mom is saved from a car accident be a bank roober/terrorist from the '70s! Finally caught, she escapes, her suburban family confused, her daughter at her wits end, the pieces of the puzzle are sorted out bit by bit as the investigation unfolds.
In the final episode, 'TOMORROW,' Bloom's double life explodes in a frantic, and highly exposed, and traumatic way! A mass grave of bodies is unearthed, inclusive of someone he'd been involved in killing just days ago, and suddenly DS Anthony is on his back - photos and all! With a climax that satisfys, kind of, it's the capture and torture of DS Martha Lawson that holds this episode together. [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Text interviews with the cast