I TALK Cuffs

Cuffs is BBC One’s first new 8pm drama in eight years, but it's an 8pm drama with a difference.

When you think of an 8pm drama you probably think of Holby City or Waterloo Road, or even The Bill and the one thing they all have in common is that in all honesty, not a lot happens and they can be accused of playing it safe as they have to adhere to so many rules pre-watershed.

So the other week when I attended the screening of Cuffs, I expected more of the same, a light cop drama set in Brighton. Instead what I saw was what felt like a 9pm drama but happened to be on at 8pm. It’s fast-paced, full of action and very real.

The series is written by the wonderful Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives), and opens with a stunning ariel shot that shows Brighton off in all its glory, before zooming into an incident on a nudist beach. Nudity at 8pm. I told you this wasn’t your average 8pm drama.