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Black Work 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (2015)
A policewoman sets out to discover who murdered her husband, an undercover officer.


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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Jo Gillespie 3 episodes, 2015
Matthew McNulty ...  Jack / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Oliver Woollford Oliver Woollford ...  Hal 3 episodes, 2015
Honor Kneafsey ...  Melly 3 episodes, 2015
Sharon Duce Sharon Duce ...  Barbara 3 episodes, 2015
Andrew Knott ...  DS Lee Miekel 3 episodes, 2015
Ace Bhatti ...  DCI Jahan Kapoor 3 episodes, 2015
Geraldine James ...  CC Carolyn Jarecki 3 episodes, 2015
Douglas Henshall ...  DCS Hepburn 3 episodes, 2015
Lisa Dillon ...  Carla 3 episodes, 2015
Carla Henry ...  PC Vicki Stanton 3 episodes, 2015
James Foster James Foster ...  Steve Glover / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Ben-Ryan Davies Ben-Ryan Davies ...  Michael Parry 2 episodes, 2015
Phil Davis ...  Tom Piper 2 episodes, 2015
Vinette Robinson ...  Zoe Nash 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Gower ...  DC Jared Ansell 2 episodes, 2015
Tara Moran Tara Moran ...  Jocelyn Hepburn 2 episodes, 2015


Leeds police constable Jo Gillespie is devastated when her husband, undercover officer Ryan, is killed in suspicious circumstances. As she battles to stay strong for the benefit of daughter Melly and stepson Hal, Jo is urged by her bosses, DCI Will Hepburn and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki, to leave it to her fellow officers to find the killer. But when the murder inquiry starts to uncover some dangerous secrets about Ryan, Jo's faith in the police family of which she has been a part for so long is severely tested. No longer sure who to trust, Jo embarks on her own investigation with the help of friend and colleague Jack Clark, but as they close in on the identity of Ryan's killer, Jo's hunt for the truth will put her own life in danger.

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Truth hurts.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

21 June 2015 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK

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(3 episodes)


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Far above mediocrity, but still not among the finest UK miniseries
26 April 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

For decades, the UK has produced so many high-class crime dramas, that it is impossible to "shoot without fail" all the time. Tastes develop, as well as circumstances, and viewers may move beyond the approaches and issues they used to like in Poirot or Morse, for example, or have begun to like "new age" in the form of Luther or Prey... Black Work is a kind of related mix, but worrying and grief overshadow other elements, including credibility, several male performers are too look-a-like, and the final 20 minutes or so add unnecessary sophistication.

True, Sheridan Smith as P.C. Jo Gillespie is catchy and the background realism is up there, but I am able to "blurt out" dozens of more interesting (mini)series I have seen in recent years. To me, Black Work is more a long film than series, and when you see all 3 episodes in a row, you could realise that many scenes and dialogues could have been more compact.

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