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Collision 

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (2009)
The story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives.

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Series cast summary:
Douglas Henshall ...  D.I. John Tolin 5 episodes, 2009
Dean Lennox Kelly ...  Danny Rampton 5 episodes, 2009
Lucy Griffiths ...  Jane Tarrant 5 episodes, 2009
Phil Davis ...  Brian Edwards 5 episodes, 2009
Sylvia Syms ...  Joyce Thompson 5 episodes, 2009
Paul McGann ...  Richard Reeves 5 episodes, 2009
Matt Ryan ...  Dave Brown 5 episodes, 2009
Kate Ashfield ...  Ann Stallwood 4 episodes, 2009
David Bamber ...  Sidney Norris 4 episodes, 2009
Jo Woodcock ...  Jodie Tolin 4 episodes, 2009
Claire Rushbrook ...  Karen Donnelly 4 episodes, 2009
Christopher Villiers ...  Keith Fowler 4 episodes, 2009
Jocelyn Jee Esien Jocelyn Jee Esien ...  Cindie Smith 4 episodes, 2009
Christopher Fulford ...  D.C.I. Stephen Maitland 4 episodes, 2009
Jan Francis ...  Christine Edwards 4 episodes, 2009
Andrew Brooke ...  P.C. Alan Clacy 4 episodes, 2009
Sushil Chudasama Sushil Chudasama ...  P.C. Sanjay Gopal 4 episodes, 2009
Craig Kelly ...  Jeffrey Rampton 3 episodes, 2009
Richard Harrington ...  James Taylor / ... 3 episodes, 2009
Colin McFarlane ...  Bill Jackson 3 episodes, 2009
Anwar Lynch ...  Gareth Clay 3 episodes, 2009
Lenora Crichlow ...  Alice Jackson 3 episodes, 2009
Frank Harper ...  Derek 3 episodes, 2009
Cornelius Macarthy ...  Tsegga 3 episodes, 2009
Zoe Telford ...  Sandra Rampton 3 episodes, 2009
Nicholas Farrell ...  Guy Pearson 3 episodes, 2009
Brian Pettifer ...  Ed Wilson 3 episodes, 2009
Shaun Prendergast ...  D.C.I. Mike Evans 3 episodes, 2009
Victoria Wicks ...  Angela Reeves 3 episodes, 2009
Raymond Sawyer Raymond Sawyer ...  Paul (Chauffeur) 3 episodes, 2009
Nicholas Moss Nicholas Moss ...  Jake 3 episodes, 2009
Di Botcher ...  Mrs. Whitfield 2 episodes, 2009
Nimmy March ...  Carol Jackson 2 episodes, 2009
Maya Sondhi ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2009
Pano Masti ...  Ozan 2 episodes, 2009
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ...  Mrs. Parker 2 episodes, 2009
Mick Ford ...  James Taylor (Real) 2 episodes, 2009
Renu Setna ...  Tariq Shah 2 episodes, 2009
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The story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives.

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The single moment between life and death.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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2009 (UK) See more »

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Greenlit Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Gripping, well-made, and unusual. Shame about the signposts ruining the ending!
23 July 2018 | by kitellis-98121See all my reviews

This was a thoroughly gripping and unusual series, with good writing; an intriguing multi-strand storyline; well-drawn characters played by a talented cast of well-known British actors; and a few minor (and mostly unexpected) twists.

Some of the individual story threads stretch credibility a little thin, if you analyse too much while watching. Additionally, the presence of so many "dodgy" people with secrets all being on the same section of road at the same time, and then to all be involved in the same collision is certainly a stretch. But if you can accept or ignore the unlikeliness of the situation, the drama that unfolds from it makes for some pretty good television.

There is also a bizarre romance shoe-horned into the series, in the form of two people loosely connected with the collision: one with a dislocated shoulder, the other a helpful bystander. Their storyline runs parallel to the main "investigation" and though initiated by the original incident, is not in any other way a part of the main arc. It is rather sweet and pleasant to watch the two strangers fall in love, and they are beautifully played by both actors. But their story fits somewhat uncomfortably into the rest of the series, as it is essentially not relevant to the plot.

Each individual storyline is explored as part of the main investigative arc, and there are some surprises along the way, but everything is designed to lead in the direction of an ultimate conclusion: what caused the crash. And that is where both the writing and the directing become somewhat clumsy and unsubtle.

If you want to be surprised by the "big reveal" of the culprit that caused the collision, you'll have to switch your brain off right from the start, and keep it switched off throughout. Because for reasons of, I assume, an artistic nature, the writer and director choose to foreshadow the ultimate reveal throughout the entire season, repeatedly and unsubtly, making it almost impossible not to know what happened long before the investigation is concluded. And that's a real shame, because it could have been a fabulous twist if it had arrived without all the signposting.

But despite that, it was gripping and enjoyable enough for me to watch it twice, and I will doubtless be watching it again.


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