The Escape Artist - Press Review Round Up

The first episode of David Tennant's new BBC One thriller, The Escape Artist, premiered on Tuesday night.
The show was a ratings hit with 5 million viewers tuning in and twitter swamped with comments as the tense drama unfolded.
The press reaction has also been good and we've collected a selection of reviews of the episode for you to catch up on:

Christopher Stevens of The Daily Mail gave the episode an impressive 4 stars out of 5 saying:
"The sheer quality of acting drew us into a superior legal thriller that got creepier and creepier until it threatened to spill over into gothic melodrama."

Ed Potton In The Times gave the show 3 stars: 
"There was an enjoyable inevitability to the opening episode of this thriller by David Wolstencroft, the creator of Spooks. We just knew that Will Burton (David Tennant) would see his shiny life — hot-shot career as a defence barrister, cheeky wife (Ashley Jensen from Extras), apple-cheeked son — crumble like a flapjack in a hurricane. It all came via that trusty plot device for a legal drama, defending someone who patently did it."

Sam Wollastan of The Guardian writes:
"Tennant comes into his own, no longer smug and unbearable but bereaved and haunted. Even his eyes suck you quietly into his sorrow. He is a properly good actor, no?
And we're into a taut, pacy, chilling – really chilling – thriller not just about what goes on in the courtroom, but about how that affects the lives of people outside. I'm both excited and dreading the rest."

"I’m not going to ruin it for those still to see this on iPlayer, but can safely say that Tennant proved once again why it’s Hollywood’s loss and our gain that he hasn’t yet converted his telly success into an LA pile. Or perhaps he’s just a natural small screen actor."

The Escape Artist continues on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.


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