SUPPOSING YOU'D SEEN SOME-THING you wish you hadn't. Something
that could have serious repercussions for you and your family. So they put you
on the Witness Protection Programme, change your names, tell you to forget the
past and move you away to a place where they assure you you'll be safe.
Enter the Brogans in the drama series Cape Wrath. Or rather, the family
who have become the Brogans. Attractive Evelyn, husband Danny, deeply disturbed
son Mark and his troubled twin sister Zoë all trying to put the
past behind them in a seemingly pleasant and exclusive development called Meadowlands.
Meadowlands is a hotbed of sexual repression some a little less repressed
than others! Take Brenda, the frustrated and lonely widow next door, her daughter
Jezebel and an unlikely womaniser in the guise of handyman Jack (of all
There's the apparently sadistic police officer who suffers hallucinations; and
Danny's 'handler' Samantha, who hangs out at an orange-coloured motel who may
not be all she seems. Then there's the local doctor, David who is attracted
to Evelyn and his neglected wife Abigail. And the mysterious Tom.
The sinister undertones keep you guessing and everybody is a suspect. Flashbacks
hint at past lives. But if you live in Meadowlands you don't mention the past,
don't think about leaving and in return, you are assured of safety. Samantha
tells Evelyn: "I make sure the cards fall kindly for you and Danny."
But does she? And are they as safe as everyone insists they are? The Brogans
soon discover that everyone in Meadowlands has their own secrets and
a growing paranoia threatens even the tendrils of their happiness as their new
life turns into a nightmare.
A series of curious incidents and strange phone calls add to the in-trigue.
Sooner or later someone will want to start digging. Digging to find a body;
or to discover the truth. What hold did Jack have over Abigail? What is really
going on in Meadowlands? And what is Cape Wrath? The truth is shocking.
The acting is believable especially Lucy Cohu as Evelyn and the marvellous
Melanie Hill as Brenda. Some of the lines are a treat when Danny says:
"They're just like us", Evelyn responds: "Whatmiserable, paranoid and
dysfunctional?" and Tom: "The past is not another country. It's another planet."
Cape Wrath is directed by Duane Clark (CSI), Andrew Gunn (Life on Mars)
and Paul Walker (Shameless). Produced by Caroline Levy and written by Robert
Murphy (Murder City, Rebus, Losing Gemma), Cape Wrath stars David Morrissey
(The Deal, State of Play, Blackpool) and Lucy Cohu (Becoming Jane, The Queen's
In a world where deep suspicion lurks at every corner, Cape Wrath explores
the nature of identity and memory, asking if anyone can ever really wipe the
slate clean. The plot twists and turns, leading you up one trail before ending
up in another. In spite of the sometimes unnecessary graphic violence
not much, thank goodness you just won't want to stop watching.
To complement the series, the DVD includes a fascinating Behind the Scenes featurette
and a commentary with director Duane Clark.
Cape Wrath is available now, priced
at £24.99 (2 discs | Cat no: 2EDVD0157).