As soon as the name Jimmy McGovern (Accused) is attached to something, you know it's going to be good. And his latest 90-minute BBC drama Common, starring Daniel Mays, Nico Mirallegro, Jodhi May and Michael Gambon, shows that he has no plans to let his good reputation down.
I was lucky enough to head down to the BFI on London's Southbank for a special preview screening back in February. Why it's taken so long to finally air on telly I'll never know, but choosing a Sunday when there's no World Cup action is probably a wise decision. It feels like after a bit of a quiet period, good telly is on it's way back with The Honourable Woman launching this week, Utopia about to come back and now Common, which is a real 90 minute treat for a Sunday night.
Common tells the story of Johnjo O'Shea (Nico Mirallegro) who gives three guys an impromptu lift to grab a pizza, unbeknown to him, the three guys have actually gone in to sort out a guy they thought needed sorting.During the fight between the three guys and the guy they went to sort out, an innocent bystander gets stabbed and is left fighting for his life, and Johnjo finds himself charged with murder.