The Lakes Complete Series 1 and 2 Review

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The Lakes
Complete Series 1 & 2

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Reviewed by David Savage

Starring: John Simm, Emma Cunniffe
Written by: Jimmy McGovern
Rating: 18
Number of Discs: 4
Running Time: 612 minutes

The Lakes is a very gripping British TV drama set in the 1990’s in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Series 1 – 4 Episodes (2 DVD’s)
Danny Kavanagh, a 20-something from Liverpool, lives his life of the Dole and spends his giro gambling on horses. After being locked out of his home by his parents he packs up his stuff and heads north to the Lake District in Cumbria where he gets a job, meets and falls in love with Emma.

Danny and Emma eventually marry and have a baby. They move back to Liverpool but due to his gambling addiction, petty theft and going to prison Emma moves back to the Lakes where on his release Danny follows.

He gets a job on a boating lake where some girls skip school, steal a boat and drown. Danny does everything he can to save them but cannot but through lies being told about him Danny is blamed for the girls’ deaths.

Will the truth come out and see Danny for a hero or will he be held responsible for their accidental deaths.

Series 2 – 10 Episodes (2 DVD’s)
Continues from where series 1 left off and is even better. The storylines continue and improve including adultery with the local priest, murder, attempted suicide and rape. Danny is also trying to get counselling about his gambling addiction to save his marriage but will he manage to keep his family together?

Overall The Lakes is an excellent, well written, gripping, quality drama. The storyline and acting is superb making the characters very believable and realistic. Series 2 is much more brutal and disturbing but is even better than series 1 and has more black humour than the previous series.

Not one for people who are easily offended due to the sex, violence, swearing and graphic nature (I’m actually surprised this was shown on BBC). A great enjoyable, hard-hitting, gripping and absorbing British drama about love and betrayal.

A must see and a great collection to own on DVD! Highly recommended!

Rating: 5/5

Available to buy 16 April 2012 from Amazon here.

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