Criminal Record

Criminal Record

Apple TV Series
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7.1

Good

A wrongful conviction, a corrupt team of officers and one detective willing to put her career on the line for the truth, in crime drama Criminal Record.

Apple TV+ prides itself on exclusive and original content. There's no doubt the streaming service entered the market with a bang, churning out hits like The Morning Show and Ted Lasso.

More recently, however, some of their shows have been less than stellar. So, how does Criminal Record stack up against the other big hitters on the platform?

Created by Paul Rutman and starring Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo, Criminal Record is an eight-episode crime drama set in London.


But what is it all about, and is it worth watching?

What Is Criminal Record About?

DS June Lenker (Cush Jumbo) is a detective who is tasked with following up an anonymous phone call from a domestic abuse victim.

In that call, the young woman implies that her abuser has already killed an ex-girlfriend, a crime that another man has been convicted of.

So, doing her due diligence in the early stages of the investigation, Lenker follows up and discovers that the murder case was headed up by DCI Daniel Hegarty (Peter Capaldi), and all may not be above board.

Something is definitely going on with the old conviction of Errol Mathis, and Hegarty is a well-connected man determined to do absolutely everything he can to ensure that the truth never sees the light of day.

Unfortunately for them, Lenker isn't about to be derailed as these two brilliant detectives go head to head to finally reveal what happened all of those years ago.

Along the way, there are plenty of twists and turns, other crimes that require them to work together, and a sneaking suspicion that although Hegarty is definitely hiding something, he may not be the bad guy that Lenker thinks he is.

Criminal Record Official Trailer

Is Criminal Record Worth Watching?

I love watching Cush Jumbo. From The Good Fight to Deadwater Fell and Stay Close, she is a treat on the screen. And while she is still excellent in this show, there's just something missing.

First off, it is a very slow-paced show that is as much about systemic problems in the police force as it is about getting to the truth of a bad conviction.

Six episodes in, and you'll still know almost nothing about what happened in the original case. Instead, you get a bit of a cat-and-mouse chase where Lenker is almost constantly in trouble for one reason or another.

In her mind, it's all down to Hegarty though neither she nor the viewer has any evidence of it. Clearly, he's dodgy, or at least he was, but they dance around each other so much that it can get on your nerves.

With very few twists or turns in the plot, you get to the point where you just want them to get on with it and reveal something, ANYTHING, about the anonymous caller or the real killer.

To get to the point where they have any common ground, you have to wade through a very unflattering portrayal of modern-day policing where only one lone detective isn't corrupt or on the take.

So is Criminal Record worth watching? Yes and no. Weekly episodes are a drag and not enough happens to keep you desperate for more. However, a binge may be better suited to the show.

Criminal Record Apple TV Cast

Directed by and Jim Loach and Shaun James Grant, the cast of Criminal Record is as follows…

Peter Capaldi as DCI Daniel Hegarty

Cush Jumbo as DS June Lenker

Zoë Wanamaker as Maureen Lenker. June's mother

Charlie Creed-Miles as DS Tony Gilfoyle, part of the original investigation

Cathy Tyson as Doris Mathis, Errol's mother

Stephen Campbell Moore as Leo Hanratty

Shaun Dooley as DS Kim Cardwell

Dionne Brown as DC Chloe Summers, June's colleague

Tom Moutchi as Errol Mathis, serving 24 years for a crime he didn't commit

Aysha Kala as Sonya Singh, Errol's lawyer

Good

  • Decent Central Plot
  • Two Great Lead Actors

Bad

  • As Much A Social Commentary As A Crime Drama
  • Very Slow Paced And Feels Dragged Out
7.1

Good

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