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That’s what I call an arresting cop drama

By Gail Walker

Currently running on RTE1 is by some distance the best police drama on any station in these islands.

Single-Handed, now in its fourth series, boasts a showstopper performance from our own Stephen Rea — not often seen on the small screen — as the long lost uncle of the Garda sergeant hero played by Owen McDonnell.

The landscape of Connemara is bleak, breath-taking and a perfect backdrop for the sinister goings-on of a small rural community. Murder, abuse, loyalty, deceit, love and drink — a forensic examination of what makes us all tick in this demented island.

Earlier series featured Ian McElhinney as Sergeant Jack’s sergeant father, and the show resembles in its quality, of script, character and production that landmark police drama, Wallander, which starred Kenneth Branagh. Can it be that Ulster produces a particularly attractive kind of haunted copper? Watch it at 9.30pm on Sundays and make up your own mind.

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