David Hare’s state-of-the-nation drama might start out like Law & Order: Southwark Victims Unit but it turns into a lucid meditation on contemporary Britain At first sight, it could be Law & Order: Southwark Victims Unit. Delivery drivers jostle each other at the local takeaway’s counter, awaiting the next job. One of them, Abdullah, gets a quattro formaggi to take to an unpleasant woman in a posh flat and is quickly, cleanly shot dead as he leaves. But instead of Benson and Stabler bowling along to wrap things up in 47 minutes, what follows is resolutely non-procedural. Collateral – a co-production between BBC2 and Netflix – is the first original TV series by pre-eminent state-of-the-nation playwright Sir David Hare, and quickly stretches out its narrative fingers to poke about in the institutions we once could at least pretend to be able to rely on.
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