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TV REVIEW: The Last Weekend - The One Where We Stopped Being Able To Rely On Our Narrator...

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A happy hour in the company of the middle instalment of this soapy thriller, set in the environs of what should be an idyllic weekend in a country house, but is obviously going a bit pear-shaped behind the clinking of glasses.

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The object of Ian's affection - the unknowing Daisy

Last week's opener taught us two big things about couples Ollie and Daisy and Ian and Em - that Ian (Shaun Evans) still harbours an almighty, increasingly resentful crush on his former love Daisy, and that Ollie (Rupert Penry-Jones) apparently has an inoperable brain tumour, seemingly taking his thoughts in an anarchic, almost murderous direction.

Within 10 minutes of this episode, an ill omen had arrived in the form of an owl, which Ian reliably informed us was Norse code for betrayal. Then Daisy's enigmatic client Milo revealed his strange body-scraping art project, quite rightly dismissed as "narcissistic sh*te" by our Ian.

Meanwhile, accurate memories of passionate times at university were being disputed by those involved, leading us to question exactly how reliable our narrator Ian really is, both about the past and more recent times.

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Don't be fooled by the bonhomie and the sunshine - there are dark forces afoot

There is a self-conscious theatricality to the whole thing, making it feel sometimes like we've sneaked into the commercial break without realising. Have you ever heard a fly as loud as the one in Ian and Em's room, or orange juice that yellow outside of a Kia-Ora ad? - and this troubled group manage to keep their linen suits impeccably uncreased throughout their travails.

Nevertheless, the passions have started to get increasingly raw and unchecked, and it's a testament to strength of plot that I'm looking forward so much to next week, finding out who really knows what, and how much we need to keep an eye on Ian both in what truths he perceives on our behalf, and what he chooses to share...

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