Stonemouth, BBC2, Peter Mullan, Christian Cooke, Charlotte Spencer

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Three’s a crowd – Peter Mullan, Charlotte Spencer and Christian Cooke 

Beautifully filmed and acted romantic mystery based on Iain Banks’s best-selling novel.

★★★ BBC2, starts Thursday, 11 June, 9pm

THIS BBC SCOTLAND production is a cheering reminder of Iain Banks’s fine talent for conjuring dark tales with edge and wit. As if that wasn’t enough, it also has a great setting and cast.

Stewart Gilmour returns to sea town Stonemouth following the apparent suicide of his once best mate, Callum. He was run out of town two years previously by the gangster father of his ex-fiancé, the beautiful Ellie Murston, who is also Callum’s sister.

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Suspicious – Stewart

Stewart obtains the permission of Don Murston – an extremely gruff and menacing Peter Mullan – to return for Callum’s funeral, after which he has to skedaddle. It’s obvious that all sorts of skeletons are about to charge out of cupboards during Stewart’s return.

Charlotte Spencer and Christian Cooke

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The love of Stewart’s life – Ellie

Ellie is the love of his life and Stewart, who received a message from Callum the day before he died saying he was in trouble, has his doubts that his friend’s fatal plunge was self-inflicted. It’s not long before he also stumbles on an explosive secret concerning Don – or more specifically his wife. And with every thug in town – including one played by Brian Gleeson – eyeing him with suspicion, it’s clear Stewart’s visit is going to be memorable.

The story’s background unfolds in flashbacks so that we see Stewart and his circle as children and teens, bonding and falling in love. Charlotte Spencer, so good last year in C4’s Glue, is alluring as Ellie, and well complemented by another English actor convincingly playing a Scot, Christian Cooke as Stewart.

Good to see Iain Banks’s work back on TV

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Mike (Gary Lewis), Don (Peter Mullan), Connie (Sharon Small)

And of course there’s Banks’s bittersweet humour ever present, in moments such as Stewart’s voiceover: ‘I hate to quote Cher, but if I could turn back time…’

So is Callum the great bloke Stewart thinks he is? Or was he suffering from depression, as Don states with no apparent sympathy for his son?

This is the first production of a Banks’ novel since his death in 2013 (anyone remember his first, 1996’s The Crow Road?), and it’s packed with wit, intrigue and terrific characters. The only shame is that it’s crammed into two episodes.

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