Requiem, Episodes Four, Five & Six ~ Review

Feelings on BBC One’s Requiem? It’s still creeping the daylights out of me! However, my over-riding feeling is that it’s been shot to appear like a movie and that watching the episodes back to back would create a very long yet highly engaging movie. Here are a few highlights from the final three episodes:

Upon reflection…

As the pieces start to fit together, mirrors continue to feature as one of the methods of communication favoured by the spirits (for want of a better term!). One of the most horrific uses of mirrors came when Hal (Joel Fry) was driving and spotted something so awful in the rear view that he crashed his car. Then he went missing, and when he reappeared in the series, he was feasting on sheep! Yes – it got weird and weirder!

High spirits

When Matilda (Lydia Wilson) comes to realise that whatever is wreaking havoc can be found in the caves she takes her life into her own hands to face the consequences of throwing herself into their path. What follows is entirely unnerving as she has no recollection of what’s just happened. The plot thickens.

Danger

David Morgan (Brochan Evans) is walking into danger when he is babysat by Stephen Kendrick (Brendan Coyle) and Sylvia Walsh (Tara Fitzgerald). As Matilda uncovers the truth about their involvement in her disappearance and that they were responsible for the death of another child before she was taken. It’s a race against time to get to David, but he’s part of the plan to lure Matilda to the truth, albeit unwittingly.

The Truth

Walsh, Kendrick and the Satlows (Pippa Heywood and Simon Kunz) are all at the heart of the mystery, with their claim that they require a child’s innocent mind in order to contact the ‘spirits’ who they believe will bring marvels beyond wildest dreams. Walsh finally confesses that this was always about Matilda though and while David is asleep under the influence of a ‘sedative’, Matilda is sent to confront the reason behind her kidnap. Meanwhile Walsh, Kendrick, the Satlows and Nick (James Frecheville) has been dragged in to join them. We see an extraordinary transformation occur in Matilda’s eyes as she falls prey.

The Reality

It feels like not much has changed at all given the build up to the finale, however, once Matilda gains consciousness when ‘the cult’ have fetched her back – we become aware that something is unfolding and there is unrest in the house. First, Matilda approaches Nick, who is apologetic for his part in it. The episode is mostly based round what we don’t see as the ‘cult’ are nowhere to be found.

The reunion with Rose (Claire Rushbrook) in hospital is glorious, beautifully played out, similarly with Matilda’s brother, David – it’s implied that they will be a family again. However, once Matilda is alone in the hospital toilets, we see the dirt on her hands and there’s a sinister turn. Leaving way for a second series? I hope so!

Verdict

Writing of this calibre has been lacking in recent dramas and Requiem had me glued to the screen, running for a hiding place and gawping, frozen in abject horror at times. Cast superbly, directed like a film rather than a television drama and with a plot packed with twists, turns and uncertainties. If you purchase this on DVD (see image below for the link) you won’t regret binge watching, it’s a seamless series.

 

Requiem, Episode One ~ Review

Well, I’ve only just come out from behind the sofa and been able to look at the television again! Have BBC One got one creepy ghost story on their hands or what? It wouldn’t have been out of place throughout October, in fact! Halloween eat your heart out, pardon the ‘pun’ of sorts!

What a gripping, harrowing and visually disturbing drama. However, I am hooked and although I don’t want to look at the television screen, in fact as soon as I hear that incidental music I don’t want to look – but then I do, of course.

Here’s the facts so far: 

Matilda Grey (Lydia Wilson) is a rather brilliant cellist and she’s living a bohemian lifestyle with music obviously at the centre of her world. She plays in a duo with her pianist friend Hal (Joel Fry) and they’ve got a concert looming.

Before we’re introduced to Matilda we see a gentleman in a stately home driven to jump off the roof by a force of what could only be described as ‘evil’ from a mixture of mirrors and ghostly sounds.

So, then we meet Matilda’s mum, Janice (Joanna Scanlan) and I was quite delighted because I think she’s awesome. There’s an arrangement for mum and daughter to meet for lunch the next day, but that’s not gonna happen!

The concert rehearsal’s underway but before curtain up mum’s gone weird after a series of events while she was getting ready for the big night. The upshot? Mum appears in a half made-up state looking pretty scary and daughter follows her to a car park where mum brutally commits suicide with a knife.

*** Pause for looks and gasps of horror *** 

Papers and cuttings in mum’s home send Matilda and Hal to Wales and Matilda is keen to pursue the case of a missing girl called Carys whom she believes has a connection to her mum’s sudden suicide.

Once in Penllynith they seek out Carys’s parents and it’s not long until Matilda is experiencing disturbing supernatural connections.  Especially when she spends the night in the house of the gentleman who jumped off the roof, for he is the late Uncle of an Australian character called Nick (James Frecheville) and Nick extends an invitation for Matilda and Hal to stay in the house which he’s inherited.

Verdict: Wow! What a cast (still sorry to have only seen Joanna Scanlan for such a short time), I can’t wait to see more of Claire Rushbrook as Carys’s mum, and I gather Clare Calbraith will also be making an appearance (they were both in ITV’s Home Fires and I LOVED that). There is a cast de force in this hauntingly shot piece of drama. I was on the edge of my seat and fully expect every episode to have me in the same unstable state. Kris Mrksa, what a writer!

Catch up with it herehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05td9zp

…but be warned!! 

Photo credits: BBC Pictures

Requiem, Episode Two ~ Review

Having just about managed to emerge from behind the sofa following BBC One’s Requiem’s premiere last week, I find myself back behind it again! Although various facts are revealing themselves with is slightly deterring from the supernatural elements and causing my curious mind to wonder if there’s more of a psychological illusion happening here. Regardless, I was as gripped as I was during week one and I have a feeling it’s set to have me fleeing to hide again before the series finale. Here’s an update from episode two:

PTSD

Carys’ s mother Rose becomes more of a focal point in this instalment and we see the post traumatic stress disorder associated with the trauma of losing her daughter. From standing on the edge of a cliff having a crafty cigarette – to fighting with her husband, informing him he can break her arm. As I said last week, Claire Rushbrook has been well cast in this role, if anyone knows how to tug at the heartstrings it’s her. I can’t wait to see how she handles the reality of the situation as it unfolds. This storyline is in very capable hands. Exciting!

School Flashback

We had a glimpse of Matilda as a child (played by Bella Ramsey) at a well-to-do school (with her cello at her feet) and she’s no angel by the look of the situation. In fact her mum (Joanna Scanlan – I was overjoyed to see her again after her short-lived appearance last week) is not only displeased with her, she’s also fending off questions about Matilda’s father. I hope there’s more flashbacks to come, not only to see the phenomenal Joanna Scanlan, but also because in this series they’re building the back-story beautifully.

Booty call

It was only a matter of time before Matilda (Lydia Wilson) and the Aussie, Nick (James Frecheville) are tumbling into bed together! the chemistry was there from the start, however I was left wondering if this development would throw Nick into the path of whoever/whatever is getting into the heads of those close to Matilda. Time will tell…

Musical mayhem

Matilda hasn’t played her cello since the concert of doom, and let’s face it – who would? The last thing on anyone’s mind would be to practice the cello after their mother has sliced her own throat open in front of you! Lightening the mood aside, as soon as Matilda is reunited with the instrument a chain of events is unearthed. From a dead bird crashing against the window to finding more symbols like the one that was seemingly drawn by an invisible someone while she was in the shower, which was one of many moments that had me jumping out of my seat and seeking solace behind the sofa again! Plus the man in the woods also made himself known which added more mystery to the story.

Siblings?

When Matilda took it upon herself to see David Morgan (Brochan Evans) at school and announce herself as his sister, unsurprisingly his father (Richard Harrington) was unimpressed and tried to stop the interaction. However, this one isn’t going to lie.

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