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13 Feb 2:00am

Trauma review – presses our noses up against the window of parental grief

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John Simm and Adrian Lester clash in Mike Barlett’s new series, following a bereaved dad focusing his rage on the doctor who operated on his sonDoctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett restrained himself from killing a child during series two of the hit domestic potboiler on BBC One, even though it looked to be going that way several times. But in Trauma, he goes a step further and presses our noses painfully up against the window of parental grief. Young Alex Bowker (Albie Marber) is all curly hair and no sharp edges, not the surly teen of TV cliche and, while not oversentimentalised, his relationship with his dad, Dan (John Simm), is warm and communicative in their final brief phone call before banal disaster strikes.
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