Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome, Under the Dome, Prisoners’ Wives) is a good cop with a dark secret: she’s loyal to drug trafficker Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), who is like a father to her. But when their clandestine meeting turns violent, leaving Frank dead and Nancy with a bullet wound, Nancy fears her double life may soon be exposed.
Assigned to Brighton to investigate the crime, Nancy must track down Frank’s killer while concealing her role—and her injury—from her enigmatic new partner, DS Gunner Martin (Noel Clarke, Star Trek Into Darkness), and her old friend, DS Kevin O’Dowd (Robert James-Collier, Downton Abbey). Can Nancy stay one step ahead of her colleagues—and the killer?
What We Thought:
The Level is a pretty solid police drama with interconnected characters that never outsmarts itself. The show has many layers, but it doesn’t ever feel over complicated or confusing for the sake of being confusing.
Karla Crome is very good as the lead detective. On top of being a cop, she actually witnessed the murder being investigated, but she can’t admit to being there. The man killed was a family friend who she helped keep out of jail through the years. There’s even more layers to their relationship, but I won’t spoil that.
That’s the thing about this show, everything and everyone seems to serve a purpose higher than you expected. There’s dirty cops and dirtier bad guys. There’s mistrust between Crome and her new department. She thinks there’s a rat in the department that she must figure out while hiding evidence and keeping herself out of trouble.
Every episode adds something to the show. Whether it’s a new twist, a rouge to push the viewer into thinking it’s one person or another or Crome’s character discovering more and more about her past, every episode brings something necessary to the story.
I thought the pacing was very good too. Sometimes with these limited episodes shows you get a story that’s rushed or isn’t fleshed out enough, but I think this one works well. With six episodes it jumps right in and everything works.
The Level is yet another solid British crime series. American crime procedurals are all the same and very formulaic. I enjoy watching these shows because it’s a nice break from 1 hour American TV shows wrapped up by the end of the episode.
- Behind the Scenes Featurettes
Cast & Crew:
- Karla Crome
- Noel Clarke
- Robert James-Collier
- Laura Haddock
- Amanda Burton
Recommended If You Like:
- Crime Dramas
- British Television