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Paul Finchley is one half of a popular comedy double-act with a successful career spanning several decades. However, his life is turned upside down when he is arrested after an accusation of rape in the 1990s.


Marc Munden


Jack Thorne


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Paul
Vivienne Bell Vivienne Bell ... Stella
Tim McInnerny ... Karl
Jeremy Swift ... Simon
Sam Hoare ... Tom
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ... Freddie
Ronnie Fox ... Taxi Driver
Graeme Hawley ... Dan
Julie Walters ... Marie
Renaee-Mya Warden Renaee-Mya Warden ... Frances
William Wright-Neblett William Wright-Neblett ... Billy
Nadine Marshall ... DI Palmer
Babou Ceesay ... Jerome
Andrea Riseborough ... Dee
Rosalind Eleazar ... Georgina


Popular comedian Paul Finchley is arrested by DI Palmer on an allegation of rape in 1993 by a woman called Rebecca Thornton. Former comedy partner Karl Jenkins is supportive, as is wife Marie, even though Paul admits to her that he has been seeing another woman. Paul becomes a tabloid headline when the gutter press get wind of the accusation, prompting another seven women to come forward and for him to be suspended from his current television show. At the same time he visits his daughter Dee, an ex-addict in a rehabilitation unit. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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England, UK

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National Treasure 1
21 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

They mention Jimmy Savile a few times but the real inspiration for this drama are the men who were convicted when they were alive such as Rolf Harris, Max Clifford and Stuart Hall.

Robbie Coltrane is Paul Finchley, one half of a comic partnership who shows get regularly repeated on television and he presents a daytime quiz show.

In the first episode we see him at an awards show where he presents a lifetime achievement award to his comedy partner Tim McInnerny, a man who got himself a knighthood and a reputation in straight acting. Here we see Finchley mixing with actual comedy stars such as Frank Skinner and Robert Webb.

The next day he is arrested for an allegation of rape, the police cynically leak the arrest to the press. They want more potential victims to come forward and look for similar fact evidence.

His wife's (Julie Walters) Christian faith is severely tested. She has known of his infidelities but this is something else.

The first episode does not portray Finchley as a saint. Walters tell him that the police found porn in his mobile phone. When he visits his grown up daughter Andrea Riseborough who is recovering from drug addiction, it is hinted that her trauma could be related to sex abuse when she was younger.

At the end of the episode Finchley gives out a loud scream in the shower flowing upwards.

Strong performances from Walters, Riseborough, Coltrane and McInnery but some of the dialogue looked like it belonged in a stage play than in an actual TV drama some of which was artily displayed with purples and blues.

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