The Shadow Line: Gatehouse

Gatehouse (Stephen Rea)

HE is, without a shadow of a doubt, the scariest man on TV.

The Shadow Line’s James Gatehouse, played by Stephen Rea.

Closely followed in the chilling stakes by Rafe Spall’s portrayal of Jay Wratten.

And next Thursday we meet a third contender – Peter Glickman (Antony Sher).

Full of ticking menace in a Dublin clock shop.

Not forgetting young pretender Ratallack (Freddie Fox), who appeared for the first time in episode four last Thursday.

I’ve seen all seven parts of this magnificent BBC2 drama, written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick.

If you’ve not been watching so far, you can walk the line here.

With my scene-setting feature on The Shadow Line here.

And if you’re in the middle of this glorious unfolding – often deadly – flower, be assured of yet more breathtaking twists to come.

The concluding episode next month finally brings together the threads of what this has all been about.

But to say any more would invite a visit from the man who lives in the shadows.

From a series that deserves a Gatehouse hat full of awards.

For now, let’s simply celebrate The Shadow Line with a gallery of photos featuring some of the pitch-perfect cast.

Plus the title music Pause, written and performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo.

And remember: Once you have found her, never let her go.

Peter Glickman (Antony Sher) in next Thursday's episode

Jay Wratten (Rafe Spall)

Jonah Gabriel (Chiwetel Eijofor) Gatehouse (Stephen Rea), Joseph Bede (Christopher Eccleston).

Ratallack (Freddie Fox).

Gatehouse (Stephen Rea)

Khokar (Ace Bhatti)

Jonah Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Honey (Kierston Wareing)

Babur (Stanley Townsend)

Glickman (Antony Sher) and Gatehouse (Stephen Rea)

Joseph Bede (Christopher Eccleston)

Julie Bede (Lesley Sharp)

From the shadows...

...and into the shadows.

The Shadow Line: Chris Eccleston

The Shadow Line BBC Site

Emily Barker Official Site

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14 responses to “The Shadow Line: Gatehouse

  1. Susan Corvani

    Ian we have already talked about Shadow Line via Twitter but had to applaud once again your piece above..Stephen Rea – a complete revelation to me and yes so scary, but also strangely attractive too!! The Shadow Line is indeed like a flower, a black rose that is slowly dying in a cracked vase…and when a petal falls another shocking reveal unfolds…even the haunting music will be forever in my mind – I don’t really want this to end!!

    Note: I do though wonder if Robert Glenister would have been better cast as Khokar character??

  2. karen mulhern

    i’ve tried so hard to like the Shadow Line….actually, i’m SO surprised because i can’t think of the last brit crime drama i DIDN’T like!!! I’ve watched episodes 1 and 2 and then stopped. Should i forge on? what am i missing?

  3. Thanks for posting all this Ian. I’m hooked and was also wondering who would win the creepiest/ruthless/hit man/assassin/spook type duel fest! mmm wonder if facebook has a page of movie/ tv characters dedicted to this! Off for a look..might have to make one if not.
    Oh also thanks for the tube link to the sound track I like to make movie soundtrack mixes so this is defo in the next one!
    Karen Defo!

  4. Paul

    Ian couldn’t agree more – it’s a beautifully crafted, twist filled drama, in the ilk of and reminiscent of Tinker Tailor and others. Reas’ characterization and his performance is a an absolute gem and are closely followed by Messrs Spall and Shea. Just for once it actually feels worth paying the licence fee, the BBC have produced or at least commissioned some great drama and drama series recently and anyone who doesn’t watch The Shadow Line is missing a treat. Roll on the next episode.

  5. It was refreshing for a change to see Gatehouse on the back foot for once. It’s going to be interesting to see how he hits back, I reckon it’s going to be spectacular.

  6. Miles

    A truly wonderful series Ian well worth the licence fee on its own, the part of Gatehouse played by Stephen Rea is surely an award winner in its own right !!!

  7. Luke

    Unbelievable! What an amazing show! I am absolutely hooked and can”t stop thinking how one can dislike this programme. It is enthralling and can”t wait for tonight”s episode.


  8. I’m really under the impression that Gatehouse isn’t human after last night’s episode. He’s superhuman.

  9. Luke

    Oh my god! I can’t believe it! Flick an is so awful he would of most definitely shot gatehouse in the head and not the side! And also there would of been a police officer pusher gatehouses hospital door! I loved that ninja punch to the neck to disable her vocal cords but the apparent neck twist failed miserably! And I want his gloves!

  10. A bit of a surprise when Glickman’s girlfriend stabbed him in the alleyway? Who is really in charge?

  11. I never saw that coming with Gabriel’s partner.

  12. Paul

    Brilliant programme, completely addicted to it. Felt like I was the only one watching it. Gatehouse – one of the best creations on telly for many a year. Enigmatic, subtle, deadly, and terrifying. Would love to see more of this character.

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