Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1, James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt as DI Harry Clayton and Sienna Guillory as Eve in Stan Lee's Lucky Man (an original British drama for SKY 1) Episode One Photographer: Steffan Hill / © 2015 Carnival Films

The chips are down, bit not for long: James Nesbitt as DI Harry Clayton and Sienna Guillory as Eve

Cop show with a supernatural twist from the creator of Spider-Man

★★★½ Sky1, Fridays 9pm (starts 22 January)

COMIC-BOOK genius Stan Lee – Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and other Marvels – has teamed up with Sky1 for his first TV drama. It’s a detective story and the result is typically far-fetched and fast-paced.

Troubled London detective Harry Clayton is addicted to gambling, but his life takes a wild turn when he is given a bracelet that endows him with luck. What at first appears to be a brilliant change of fortune is soon revealed to be a double-edged blessing.

Stan Lee's Lucky Man, with James Nesbitt, Sky1

Run of luck: James Nesbitt as Harry

Lee, the 93-year-old writer-editor-pubisher, says of the show: ‘People always ask me what superpower I would have, or what power there is that I haven’t already given to a hero. I have always thought that luck would probably be the greatest power of all. We decided that a man, our modern-day hero, receiving a certain type of luck would make an interesting show.’

Eve Best and Sienna Guillory

So, has Sky1 hit the jackpot with this high-concept 10-parter?

It’s good fun, with plenty of action and intrigue. The channel has also provided a pretty decent cast, with James Nesbitt as Clayton, Eve Best as his barrister wife and Sienna Guillory as the mysterious Eve, who locks the charmed bracelet to Harry’s wrist during a one-night stand.

Eve Best as Anna Clayton in Stan Lee's Lucky Man (an original British drama for SKY 1) Episode One Photographer: Liam Daniel / © 2015 Carnival Films

Harry’s loss: Eve Best as Anna Clayton

Steven Mackintosh plays Harry’s fierce new boss, with Darren Boyd as his troublesome colleague and Omid Djalili turning up as a strip-club owner. There’s even a cameo from Stan the Man.

While the plot ticks over with an investigation into the murder of a casino owner and a stripper, the meat of it is Harry and his messed up life. He’s separated from his wife because of his gambling, but he still loves her and his daughter. Meanwhile, he discovers that some fairly ruthless people want his bracelet.

London dazzles during thrilling boat chase

Lead writer and co-creator Neil Biswas does a good job of keeping the thrills coming while making his flawed hero fight his hardest against tough odds. The bracelet helps, but Eve’s gift has a downside. As she says to him: ‘It’s yin and yang – luck like this has its own unique price.’

Jing Lusi as Lily-Anne Lau in Stan Lee's Lucky Man (an original British drama for SKY 1) Episode One Photographer: Steffan Hill / © 2015 Carnival Films

Suspect: Jing Lusi as Lily-Anne Lau, daughter of the murdered casino owner

James Nesbitt does a good enough job running around London, in a role that must be welcome light relief after 2014’s emotionally draining child abduction drama The Missing.

A stand-out feature of the production is its stunning use of London as a setting. I live in London but was still surprised by how dazzling it can appear during a night-time motorboat chase along the Thames that projected a nearly futuristic view of the capital.

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