Like Father Like Son (ITV 2005, Jemma Redgrave, Robson Green)

Thriller serial. Life is going swimmingly for Dee Stanton, a new promotion in her solicitors job and boyfriend, teacher Dominic Milne, wants to marry her, however she does have a troublesome teenage son Jamie to deal and she has forgotten to tell Dominic something important, her ex-husband is a serial killer responsible for the murder of four young girls, however the trouble really starts when one of the girls at Jamie’s school is murdered and both Jamie and Dominic are implicated in the crime.

Robson Green proves yet again that he is one of the UK’s most charismatic actors with his role as teacher Dominic Milne in this gripping psychological thriller from Shaun McKenna which plays out like a vintage episode of Morse or Prime Suspect. Jemma Redgrave takes most of the plaudits though as the stressed out mother of teenage Jamie who may just be following in his serial killer father’s footsteps.

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It’s a creepy tale made more so by the appearances of Phil Davis as the killer Paul Barker, Davis is able to do a great line in evil and although his role here is small his performance genuinely sends shivers down the spine.

production details
UK / ITV – Ecosse / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 24-25 January 2005

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Writer: Shaun McKenna / Producer: Jeremy Gwilt / Director: Nick Laughland

cast
JEMMA REDGRAVE as Dee Stanton
ROBSON GREEN as Dominic Milne
PHIL DAVIS as Paul Barker
SOMERSET FREW as Jamie Stanton
TARA FITZGERALD as DI Harkness
KENNETH COLLEY as Rawsthorne
PIPPA HAYWOOD as Mrs Sutton
FRANCESCA FOWLER as Bethan Milne
GEORGIA MOFFETT as Morag Tait

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