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The Responder review: Martin Freeman convinces as a policeman falling apart

Pat Stacey


The Responder, BBC1, ****

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Martin Freeman in The Responder

Martin Freeman in The Responder

Martin Freeman in The Responder

Martin Freeman in The Responder

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Martin Freeman in The Responder

NEW five-part drama The Responder (BBC1), starting on Monday night and continuing on Tuesday, looks like the kind of thing that could have been written with Stephen Graham in mind for the title character.

The prolific actor has become television’s go-to guy for playing either seething bundles of repressed rage or essentially decent but anguished men who are rapidly coming apart at the seams. It’s even set in his native city, Liverpool.


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