The dynamic driving force at the heart of this pacey and provocative series is the brilliant Joanna Scanlan as DI Viv Deering.

Add Alexandra Roach (Hunderby, Utopia), who plays the straight-laced DS Joy Freers, and Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise) as firecracker
DC Dinah Kowalska and it’s a formidable trio. But the star of the show tonight has to be Will Mellor as Spike.

As the case against gang boss Nora Attah takes an even darker turn, Spike uses experience gleaned from his own fractured childhood to find a chink in Nora’s armour when interviewing a young suspect.

As a man in a show that’s all about fearless females it takes quite an actor to hold his own, but Mellor’s quiet strength is a joy.