Split into three parts, with one performed as a live theatrical event, this woozy drama, set on an island in Essex, feels like event TV Hard to do sinister well, isn’t it? Scary’s easy: a child with blackened teeth flashes for a second in the reflection of a bathroom cabinet: done. Suspense is a simple trick, too: violins pulled to high tension in the background while five people exchange meaningful looks. But “sinister” is tough: the fine balance of Things Happening against a backdrop of high-intensity normal, so the Things Happening judder against the normality and the normality is rendered strange by the presence of Things Happening.
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