The Shetland (2013) detective Douglas James Henshall has once again come up with a new series featuring him in the lead role as DI John Tolin. He will be seen sharing the screen with Kate Ashfield as Inspector Ann Stallwood in the series named Collision. Collision series is a five-part British television drama with a positive review by its audience of that time. It premiered on ITV on 9 November and ran up to 13 November 2009 with five episodes.
The collision story revolves around a bunch of strangers whose life gets intertwined following a car crash. Also, It Satellite Awards nominated it for Best miniseries award in 2009. And hence, the Collision series is worth a review for some interesting insights into this five-episode long series from 2009.
Collision, as already mentioned, is a story revolving around a devastating car crash and some strangers involved in it. The investigation needs a serious and proper approach as it has also killed two persons. And this deep search leads to many revelations on the part of the government, scams and cover-ups, smuggling, pilfering, and hidden murder-related cases from the past.
DI John Tolin is called to investigate a car crash from his holiday, in which one of the casualty’s families sue the traffic department for pursuing victims that led to their death. All the victims are introduced in the first episode with no sign of suspicion. But multiple backstories are revealed with the progressing show. Tolin’s case partner is Ann Stallwood. They both were in a relationship a year ago that soured with time and ended. Also, a drunk driver in the past killed Tolin’s wife and landed his daughter Jodie Tolin in a wheelchair.
Characters, such as car driver Danny Rampton, Tsegga, personal secretary Karen Donnelly, waitress Jane Tarrant, and businessman Richard Reeves, were under the radar of police. They were somehow related to car crash accidents. Some were also conducting illegal sales of chemicals such as pesticides.
Everything becomes crystal clear in the end that solves the collision case. The show ends on a final scene as an alternative timeline ‘what if’. It shows how driving on a ‘pre-existing’ path would have prevented the entire accident.
Collision stars Douglas James Henshall and Kate Ashfield in the roles of cops who are involved in investigating the car crash accident.
Dean Lennox Kelly as Danny Rampton, Cornelius Macarthy as Tsegga, Claire Rushbrook as Karen Donnelly, Zoe Telford as Sandra Rampton, Richard Harrington as Ben Hickman impersonating James Taylor, Paul McGann as Richard Reeves, Jan Francis as Christine Edwards, Phil Davis as Brian Edwards, Sylvia Syms as Joyce Thompson and Jo Woodcock as Jodie Tolin were other stars in prime roles.
How an ordinary car accident may involve some uncovered hidden sub-crimes is something out of the box. And this could only be done by the mystery and suspense writing expert Anthony Horowitz. The ordinary-looking characters turned into a character having their own mysterious stories working behind the scenes. Danny, an ordinary driver, has relations with shady characters. Karen, a personal secretary at a chemical company, is a whistle-blower who herself meets an accident and dies.
The familiar actors and actresses from the British industry and the appreciable direction of Marc Evans are something that connects you to each forty-five-minute-long episode. The direction of the series is smooth, with no dull moments in between.
Meanwhile, its big star cast presents multiple characters with their own sets of flashbacks that will consume your mind to process the events and establish a link between them. However, the conclusion part will bind everything together, summarising everything that happened so far in the show. Hence Collision, as a series, tried to present all the genres of thriller, drama, brutal crimes, humor, suspense, and a bit of romance in one plate for its audience in its single season. It is thus, worth watching once.
Hope the Collision series review was helpful. This thought-provoking drama created by Anthony Horowitz is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.