Thrills and spills in Beeb’s new cop show, an all-action hour with the subtlety of a Riot Squad.
★★★ BBC1, starts Wednesday, 10 June, 9pm
IF YOU want a taste of The Interceptor – BBC1’s ‘gripping drama’ about state-of-the-art law enforcement – just think of Sky1’s Strike Back, the smash-bang-wallop military series based on former SAS man Chris Ryan’s novels.
Tony Saint, a writer on Strike Back, is the creator/writer of The Interceptor. It’s about a surveillance team called the UNIT, which tries to outsmart some of the country’s biggest criminals.
You may think undercover surveillance requires stealth and a low-profile, but in the hands of these guys it’s all car chases, punch-ups and guns going off. They’re about as clandestine as the Glastonbury Festival.
In a nutshell, The Interceptor is all-action, but little heart.
O-T Fagbenle is Ash
Leading the cast is O-T Fagbenle as Ash, who – as he tells us several times in the opening episode – wants to bring down the big fish. When we meet him he’s working for HM Customs with his partner Tommy. They’re larking about at Waterloo, to all appearances about to have a beer or travel to a football match.
But no, they’re actually surveilling a guy who is couriering drugs through the station. It’s no surprise when the larky boys cock-up the arrest and end up larkily chasing him round the station, falling over pushchairs and tumbling down stairs.