Rule number one of murder: don’t trust anyone with the truth. That’s a hard lesson in four-episode miniseries Guilt – because as it turns out, family are the first to betray you.
The crime caper follows brothers Jake and Max (Jamie Sives and Mark Bonnar) who’re on the wrong side of the law after killing a man in a hit-and-run. The more the ex-musician Jake and his lawyer brother try to bury their secret, the more trouble they find. It’s a fun premise with a witty script and humour so dry it makes the desert look like an oasis.
The problem is that the Scottish accents are so thick that unless you’re used to them, you may not understand half of what’s going on. But the nice thing about streaming is that you can rewind and watch it again…
Guilt is one of those hidden gems that crime caper fans should tune in for, says Jed Mercurio of theguardian.com: “What elevates Guilt – besides the artful direction, eye-catching production design and a killer soundtrack – is the rich river of black humour that bubbles through it. Writer Neil Forsyth has mapped out a tense noir story that spirals out in unexpected directions while reliably lacing the whole thing with withering one-liners. It has some of the same coiled energy as the Fargo TV adaptation.”
IMDB rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 62%