The Responder is a distinctive new take on crime drama. The British series will start on M-Net at 22:30 on Thursday February 3.
Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, The Responder holds a mirror up to the emotional extremes of life on the front line of British policing - sometimes darkly funny, sometimes painfully tragic, always challenging.
The Responder follows Chris Carson (Martin Freeman), a crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool. Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo). Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.
The Responder covers five nights in Carson’s life – a guy who is struggling to adjust to the modern world. He wants to adjust and be a better person but he is falling apart inside his head whilst trying to deal with what’s going on in his job. His marriage is breaking under the strain of his mental health issues and the way he’s behaving. He doesn’t have any real friends and the one friend he does have is using him. Everything is bubbling up and over in his life and yet he is expected as a copper to go out and do the job, but he is in real danger of being sucked under.
Couch potato by Danie Jacobs
Friday January 28: Keanu Reeves stars as a detective investigating his partner’s death in Exposed. etv, 23:55.
Saturday January 29: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family in Love, Simon. S3, 19:30.
Sunday January 30: Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman can be seen in The Father, one of the year’s best and most disturbing films. He can be seen as man fading away due to Alzheimer’s. M-Net, 21:05.
Monday January 31: Babylon Berlin is an award-winning German police drama set in Berlin during the political and social changes of the Golden Twenties. M-Net, 23:35.
Tuesday February 1: Tulip Fever is a period drama set during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. M-Net Movies 1 on DStv, 21:30.
Wednesday February 2: A Japanese sailor is killed in NCIS: Hawaii. M-Net, 20:30.
Thursday February 3: Queen Bees is an uplifting story. It is a comedy about the young at heart, set in a senior’s home. M-Net Movies 1 on Dstv, 18:15.
Friday February 4: The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing promises a spectacle. Supersport on DStv, 13:55.
Saturday February 5: Put the kids to bed to explore what sex means to modern Brits in Sex Actually. BBC Lifestyle on DStv, 22:15.
Sunday February 6: Ordinary Joe is not an ordinary drama series. Follow three stories at once with James Wolk playing tree versions of Joe Kimbreau. M-Net, 17:00.