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.
The Shadow Line: Chris Eccleston