The four-part Masterpiece miniseries from writer David Hare is a quick-moving but often ridiculously convoluted drama, says Hank Stuever. "As a kind of post-Brexit tale of upper-level government machinations, Roadkill couldn’t be more cynical about the political process. In another time, that might have seemed noteworthy or even wickedly entertaining," says Stuever. "Now it just sort of feels like a dull and expected subtext to, well, everything in our lives. Nevertheless, Roadkill is British, and it’s something a tad different (and more randy) than the usual Masterpiece period-piece fare. The distance of an ocean, combined with the safety of fiction, might qualify the series as a sort of escape from all the other worries weighing on a viewer’s mind. Those with a high tolerance for antiheroic political thrillers will have no problem watching it — or figuring out its overall plot well before it’s revealed." ALSO: What begins as a straightforward story unravels into an interconnected evening soap, better paired with gin than tea and crumpets.
TOPICS: Hugh Laurie, PBS, Masterpiece, Roadkill