Picking up the pieces of his shattered life
If you’re an Anglophile and a fan of mysteries, a British series currently streaming on Sundance Now might be of interest.
In “Innocent,” Lee Ingleby (“The A Word,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) stars as David Collins, a man just released from a prison on a technicality after serving seven years for the murder of his wife Tara, a crime for which he has steadily maintained his innocence.
As he attempts to rebuild his shattered life, he encounters a society that doesn’t want him. Included in that group is Tara’s sister Alice (Hermione Norris “MI-5”) and her husband Rob (Adrian Rawlins, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), who took custody of the couple’s two children and got a sizable inheritance from Tara, and now live a comfortable life. Also not thrilled about David’s release is his former best friend Tom (Elliot Cowan, “The Golden Compass”), a physician who was having an affair with Tara at the time of her death. Steadfastly in David’s corner, however, is brother Phil (Daniel Ryan, “Black Sea”), who takes his sibling into his ramshackle beachfront home despite pressures from his landlord and others not to.
As Deputy Inspector Cathy Hudson (Angel Coulby, “Merlin”) reopens the case, she finds problems with the original investigation and unearths motives that cause her to look at the people in David’s life. David, meanwhile, doesn’t exactly help his own cause as he shows flashes of a violent temper that contributed to his original conviction. Still, he tries to move forward and rebuild his relationship with his kids while trying to help find out who killed Tara.
“He’s a guy who basically when he was convicted, that was it,” Ingleby explains. “He thought his life was going to be in there for the next 25 years. And even though the appeals happened, I don’t think he ever thought that he would (be released). …
“I think he doesn’t know what to do with it, initially,” he continues. “I think he finds it quite overwhelming and daunting and (he’s) embarrassed not to reconnect with his children. … What would you do? How would you deal with it … when you see your daughter for the first time in eight years, who you haven’t really known? So it was really interesting from that standpoint.”