CRIMINAL RECORD: SEASON ONE
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Cush Jumbo, Dionne Brown, Stephen Campbell Moore, Charlie Creed-Miles, Shaun Dooley, Aysha Kala, Tom Moutchi, Cathy Tyson, and Zoë Wanamaker
Creator: Paul Rutman
Despite some decent acting, particularly from Peter Capaldi as a detective with possibly questionable morals, Criminal Record insists on focusing on the least interesting part of the story. It mostly abandons the central investigation to focus on the personality conflicts between and private lives of the up-and-coming detective (Cush Jumbo) and the seasoned vet wanting to protect his legacy (Capaldi). It’s just too all over the place, which means that this “crime thriller” has very few thrills. Add in the fact that Jumbo’s character is fairly unlikeable and there is a racial commentary lazily shoe-horned in, and Criminal Record simply isn’t worth the effort.