Utopia (2013–2014)
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Episode #2.3 

The gang are on the run and find a precocious young hacker, who uncovers the key to The Network's new plan: a real global outbreak of weaponised Russian flu that will prompt the entire world to take up their vaccine on V Day.


Marc Munden


Dennis Kelly (creator), Dennis Kelly | 4 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Adeel Akhtar ... Wilson Wilson
Paul Higgins ... Michael Dugdale
Geraldine James ... Milner
Neil Maskell ... Arby
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Jessica Hyde
Alistair Petrie ... Geoff
Alexandra Roach ... Becky
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Ian Johnson
Oliver Woollford Oliver Woollford ... Grant
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Leah
Michael Maloney ... Donaldson
Ian McDiarmid ... Anton
Paul Ready ... Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Attenborough ... Ben
Allan Corduner ... Ross


After Lee frames Ian for his boss's murder Arby takes the group to meet Ben, a precocious young hacker who deciphers a mysterious phrase heard by Donaldson and links it to an artificial virus which was to have been manufactured in the 1960s but was stopped. At the same time Dugdale discovers that the recent Russian flu outbreak is also caused by an artificially created virus whilst Becky and Ian make another discovery - Anton is actually Philip Carvel. Ian phones this news to Milner but soon realises his mistake whilst Arby meets Lee to do a deal and Jessica escapes, taking refuge with Dugdale. Written by don @ minifie-1

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back in the groove ... and that's very very good
31 August 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

My review of the first episode in Season 2 was not meant to be harsh but accurate. It was a difficult backstory and not at all in keeping with the "groove" of this series which, at its best, is developing an entirely new type of comedy-suspense-horror which arguably never existed before.

As we get back into a rhythm, I notice three things:

* the use of color is astonishing. The last time I can recall color being used so effectively to create a sense of impending menace was Edward Scissorhands, and that was some time ago

* although the well-cast Fiona O'Shaughnessy has the lead role and therefore the burden of carrying the show, the trick is, she is not always on camera. This creates the potential for lulls

* the good news is that the presence of either Neil Maskell as Arby or Alexandra Roach as Becky can more than carry a scene. If they are both in the same scene, the viewer is doubly blessed. Maskell's performance as Arby is one for the history books. I have seen lesser performances win Oscars. And Roach's saucy Becky, with her fast comebacks, almost deserves a show of her own Very promising indeed

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