Too much intensity could be Save Me Too’s only weakness. Save Me Series 1 Recap: What Happened Last Time? The existence of Save Me Too could be seen as superfluous, an unnecessary stringing out of a near-perfect thriller. It stands to reason that Nelly would stubbornly keep up the search, a would-be saviour in a tatty polyester coat. Save Me Too isn’t an ordinary TV thriller. What matters are the characters, the performances and that this is, by far, the most alive drama on television. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. But in the end, none of that matters. 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Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Save Me gives us a window into a different world. There is a kind of poetry to the writing, and the way that Nelly speaks, only heightened by the harshness of the surroundings; he tells Jennifer that he feared the woman in his life would be unable to handle his pain but “turns out the life she’s lived has had her down as deep, or bloody close… she knows how far to reach down to get me”. Its police are largely absent, a peripheral presence at most. Lesley Manville is a classy addition to the cast as Gideon’s wife, Jennifer, horrified both by the discovery of her husband’s crimes and by the fact they are being publicly revealed in a court case covered by the press. It’s 17 months since we last saw Nelson “Nelly” Rowe in Save Me – 17 months, three weeks and five, nearly six, days, to be exact – and he swore not to get rid of that puffer jacket until he’d found his missing daughter. The trail he was following to Jody in the series one finale led him to the discovery of another girl – Grace (Olive Gray), who becomes the focus of series two. Questions can go unanswered. The search for his daughter has had a redemptive effect on Nelly, previously a deadbeat who barely gave his child a second thought, but it has also taken a heavy toll. Strictly Come Dancing 2020: how will this year's Covid-compliant show work? Only it turned out the man she had been talking to online was not Nelly and she was walking into a trap laid by sex traffickers. Series one followed the abduction of Claire and Nelly’s 13-year-old daughter Jody (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness). Plot points can be tricky to pin down. This series builds to some stunning places, with real tension and surprises. It was always intended as a continuing drama, says James, and after this one, series three is a possibility – welcome news because the sequel has lost none of its unique appeal. ... Now we’re into Save Me Too (Sky Atlantic) and he’s kept his word. Nelly’s speech patterns and turns of phrase might be drawn from London’s streets, but they’ve been drawn by a writer alive to novelty, with an ear for verse. Once again, James is electrifying as Nelly, the flawed and infuriating protagonist who seeks forgiveness for his absence by returning his child safely to her mother. However, our hero’s failure to find his child first time around is an apt reflection of his character – a well-meaning man who so often falls short. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. It can be hard to take your eyes off James here, but not to would be to miss some quietly brilliant performances, among them Stephen Graham as Melon, a convicted sex offender who insists he has been rehabilitated, and Alice Feetham as his young wife Bernie, who is now pregnant. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Save Me starts very slow, but r picks up in the third episode. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? It turns out Gideon promised Grace £1000 if she sat in the caravan waiting for Nelly with chains around her ankle. All episodes of Save Me Too are available now on Sky and NOW TV. Instead of clustering the action around a police station with occasional visits to a victim or suspect’s house, it inverts that ratio and plays out on the streets and inside homes. It is uncomfortable viewing, as would be any story about child sexual exploitation, but the subject matter is given due weight here. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Save Me Review: An Absorbing Character-Based Thriller, Lennie James interview: Save Me, Storm Damage, The Bill, New British TV Series for 2020: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky Dramas and More, Halloween: Timeline Explained for Horror Movie Franchise, The Most Terrifying Magic: The Gathering Cards, Best Horror Movies on Netflix: Scariest Films to Stream, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? The second series delivers a more creeping anxiety as Nelly, who we first see sitting in a car with bloodied hands, focuses his attention on Grace (Olive Gray), the girl he inadvertently rescued at the end of the first series and could be the key to finding Jody. In order to find him, Nelly approaches Gideon’s wife, Jennifer (Lesley Manville), a woman rendered hollow by the realisation that her marital role was not that of a soulmate but a smokescreen for her husband’s basest urges. If you want to know how Nelly (Lennie James) is doing 17 months on from the disappearance of his daughter, Jody, you only need look at his coat. Gray is a terrific addition to an already strong cast. Placing the two cases side by side makes an already uncomfortable story even more challenging by exposing class prejudice in the justice system. The six-episode thriller directed by Nick Murphy became Sky’s most rapidly binged box-set on release in 2018, and went on to win Best Drama and Best Writer at last year’s Royal Television Society awards. Nelly’s intentions are good and his commitment unexpected, but he is also impulsive, self-interested, a serial screw-up. Oscar nominee and long-time Mike Leigh collaborator Lesley Manville has also joined for series two in a small but crucial role written for her. When we first met him in the 2018 drama Save Me, his trademark yellow puffa was fresh on, full of sunshine and hot air. The Essential DanMachi Moments. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Released in one go, it became the most rapidly-consumed boxset in the broadcaster’s history. With an ensemble like this though, who could blame director Jim Loach for running his cast into the material at full pelt. The deliberate avoidance of procedural elements in favour of something looser, more vital and more emotional, leaves viewers without familiar bearings. Loach’s camera may say naturalism, but James’ dialogue is poetry in masquerade. At the start of the first series, Nelly was hauled out of bed and into a police station to be told his estranged 13-year-old daughter had gone missing; she had left behind a video in which she told her mother, Claire (Suranne Jones), that she was going to meet her dad. Save Me Too follows up Sky Atlantic’s 2018 series Save Me, written by actor-screenwriter Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Line of Duty). At the end of series one he thought he had found her, but instead ended up rescuing another girl, Grace (Olive Gray), who looked similar to Jody and had been a victim of the trafficking operation run by Gideon.