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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Wired'
(Toby Stephens, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / Acorn Media)

Overview: In a brand new three-part drama, Jodie Whittaker stars as single mum, Louise Evans, who's given a promotion at her bank only to be coerced into facilitating a £250 million internet bank theft. 'Wired' is a thriller about bank fraud, what happens to our money behind the scenes in the world of electronic banking, and the shadowy 'bank robbers' who no longer operate with masks and sawn-off shotguns!

DVD Verdict: The scene for this 3-part TV series is set much like this: a bank is literally crawling with employees looking for ways to enhance their paychecks - inside or outside the job place! Willing to use almost any avenue of opportunity for personal gain, the corruption within them starts to leak out, until one day one of them - a young woman, 450 GBP withdrawn, bills stacking up - is unwittingly brought into a massive financial fraud plot. One that, as multi-faceted as it plays out to be, she soon realizes could well be the death of her!

And so, before the bad guys are all caught, or killed, this three hour long serial is really atop its game for tension, intrique, who really is who, and just what will happen to Louise (Jodi Whitaker, St. Trinian's), a single mother being blackmailed?

In a TV series shot in 2008, it's not only the serial aspects that keep this show interesting, but a lot of the cast went on to big things too! Most notable is one of the lead blackmailers Phillip (Laurence Fox) who was son thereafter partnered up with Inspector Lewis! Fraud squad cop, DCI Crawford Hill (Toby Stephens, Jane Eyre) does a good job as head man on the chase, but he is never threatening, always doing his lame Hugh Grant portrayal!

The plot is slow, methodical in the first half of the first episode, but once the seeds are sown, the players accounted for we get the script train sped up a bit. Indeed, the first episode ends with a surprise death.

Episode two shows us the workings of the chain of command within the blackmailers, and Louise begins to get a tougher skin about it all. The pressure is taking her to breaking point, and now she knows her knight in white armor at the bar is actually a cop, well, she sees him as the enemy.

In the final episode, one death follows another as characters fall, and the big financial fraud plot gets closer to becoming real. One of the best lines is uttered here too: "He was a toady little wanker, but he was good for a laugh!" Another BIG death comes thereafter and is followed almost immediately by a BIG (twist) reveal - and then another BIG death!

The final moments of the series jump four months ahead, where Louise has been relocated, but has a surprise of her own up her sleeve! One which, in truth was fully expected and yet lovely to see play out. [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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