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If you're looking for a decent crime drama check out Paranoid, based in the UK as a team of detectives go on the hunt for a killer who murdered in broad daylight. But there's more to the story than they first think!

If you like your crime drama then Paranoid is another show to add to your list. Originally an ITV production in the UK, it follows a set of detectives in a small Cheshire town who must solve the murder of a doctor who was killed in a children's park in the middle of the day.

Initially, all signs point to a local man who was suffering from mental health issues. But when everything falls into place a little too neatly, a couple of the detectives start to dig deeper. What they discover are links to Germany and a pharmaceutical company that has been hiding the findings of a clinical trial. But trying to nail down the specifics and how it led to murder prove incredibly difficult. Undeterred the detectives plough on, while also trying to balance their own lives in the process.

And that's what makes Paranoid a little different from the usual run of the mill crime dramas. This is as much about the characters as it is about the crime. Sometimes this works and sometimes it's just a bit ludicrous. Imagine speeding along to a crime scene only to stop and have a conversation about wanting to have a baby?!? I know it gives the show a bit more balance but the will-they-won't-they between Nina (Indira Varma) and Alec (Dino Fetscher) played out far too long.

In terms of plusses for the show, Paranoid boasts the best of British when it comes to the casting. Robert Glenister is excellent as an ageing detective whose determination to stay at the top of his game has led him to become overly reliant on medication. Neil Stuke as DI Michael Niles plays the boss who is more interested in wrapping up the case than actually getting to the truth, largely due to pressure from the top. And Lesley Sharp (Fate: The Winx Saga) as Lucy Cannonbury plays the very measured and calm influence that offers a voice of reason when needed.

Overall, with eight episodes, Paranoid is a solid crime show with plenty going for it. Thankfully the story does get wrapped up completely so no pesky cliffhangers for a season 2 that didn't materialise.


  • Great Cast
  • A Complete Story Over 8 Episodes
  • Keeps You Watching


  • Too Much Personal Drama
  • A Lot Of Character Cliches
  • No Real Twists Or Turns


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