Collateral (TV series)

Last updated

Genre Drama
Screenplay by David Hare
Directed by S. J. Clarkson
Music by Ruth Barrett
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producersS. J. Clarkson
George Faber
David Hare
Mark Pybus
Lucy Richer
ProducerElizabeth Binns
CinematographyBalazs Bolygo
EditorsJamie Trevill
Sacha Szwarc
Running time60 minutes
Production companyThe Forge
Distributor All3Media
Original network BBC Two
Picture format HDTV 1080p
Audio format Stereo
Original release12 February (2018-02-12) 
5 March 2018 (2018-03-05)

Collateral is a four-part British television drama serial, written and created by David Hare, and directed by S. J. Clarkson. [1] It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 12 February 2018.


The series, described by Hare as "a police procedural without any of that police attitudinising", [2] stars Carey Mulligan as DI Kip Glaspie, assigned to investigate the shooting of a pizza delivery driver in a London suburb. The ensuing story explores a complex web of characters who are all somehow connected with the story. Nathaniel Martello-White stars as Glaspie's partner, DS Nathan Bilk. Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, John Simm and Billie Piper are also credited as principal members of the cast. [3]

The series was Hare's first original series for television, despite having written for the BBC since 1973. [4] Piers Wenger, the BBC's head of drama, described the series as "a contemporary and thought-provoking state-of-the-nation thriller that pushes the boundaries of what audiences expect [5]

The show was produced by The Forge and distributed worldwide by All3Media, which brought Netflix on board to co-produce the series and release it internationally on 9 March 2018. [6] [7] Dazzler Media released a DVD of the series on 26 March 2018. [8]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1" S. J. Clarkson David Hare 12 February 2018 (2018-02-12)6.35
Abdullah Asif, an employee at Regal Pizza, is gunned down on the street in a southwest London suburb after delivering a pizza to Karen Mars, the ex-wife of the Shadow Minister for Transport David Mars, MP. DI Kip Glaspie, newly promoted, is assigned to investigate the case. Kip questions the motives of Regal Pizza's manager Laurie Stone, after discovering that Abdullah was never meant to deliver Karen's pizza, but was sent by Stone in place of Abdullah's colleague Mikey Gowens. The key witness to the shooting, Linh Xuan Huy, gives the police a false name and address, having outstayed her visa to remain in the UK.
2"Episode 2"S. J. ClarksonDavid Hare19 February 2018 (2018-02-19)5.47
Kip questions Abdullah's sisters Fatima and Mona in the hope they will shed some light on the case. However, MI5's interest in the pair sparks Kip's interest and suggests to her that there is more to Abdullah's shooting than initially meets the eye. Meanwhile, British Army Captain Sandrine Shaw comes under scrutiny from her senior officer, Major Tim Dyson.
3"Episode 3"S. J. ClarksonDavid Hare26 February 2018 (2018-02-26)5.25
After Laurie is found dead, Kip re-interviews Fatima and Mona. David comes under scrutiny after holding a press briefing where he describes Britain as "a nasty little country". His day goes from bad to worse after uncovering evidence of Karen's addiction to drugs. Nathan, tired of Kip's methods, goes behind her back in an attempt to make progress on the case.
4"Episode 4"S. J. ClarksonDavid Hare5 March 2018 (2018-03-05)4.91
Sandrine threatens Tim's wife in a desperate attempt to reveal his misdeeds. Jack berates Kip for offering Fatima and Mona leave to remain in the UK. Nathan continues to leak information to MI5 in an attempt to get back at Kip. After securing the arrest of an undercover MI5 agent, Kip uses her as a bargaining tool to crack the case wide open and finally pursue those responsible for Abdullah's murder.

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 79%. The website's critics consensus reads, "Collateral's social commentary is sometimes overbearing, but strong performances cut through an overcrowded script to suggest that good intentions can count for something." [9] Hindustan Times called it "an addictive murder mystery", [10] while First Post said it "manages to ask important questions but doesn't provide any answers". [11]


In March 2019, Collateral received two nominations at the 2019 British Academy Television Awards in "Best Photography & Lighting: Fiction" and "British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress" for Billie Piper. [12]

2019 British Academy Television Awards Best Supporting Actress Billie Piper Nominated [13]
British Academy Television Craft Awards Photography & Lighting – FictionBalazs BolygoNominated [14]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Billie Piper</span> English actress and former singer

Billie Paul Piper is an English actress and former singer. She initially gained recognition as a singer after releasing her debut single "Because We Want To" at age 15, which made her the youngest woman to ever enter at number one on the UK Singles Chart. Her follow-up single "Girlfriend" also entered at number one. In 1998, Piper released her debut studio album, Honey to the B, which was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Her second studio album, Walk of Life, was released in 2000 and spawned her third number one single, "Day & Night". In 2003, Piper announced that she had ended her music career to focus on acting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bill Nighy</span> British actor (born 1949)

William Francis Nighy is an English actor. Known for his work on screen and stage, he has received numerous awards, including two BAFTA Awards, a Golden Globe Award and nominations for a Tony Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Olivia Colman</span> English actress (born 1974)

Sarah Caroline Sinclair, known professionally as Olivia Colman, is an English actress. Known for her comedic and dramatic roles in film and television, she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Emmy Awards, three British Academy Television Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Simm</span> English actor, director and musician

John Ronald Simm is an English actor, director, and musician. He is best known for playing Sam Tyler in Life on Mars, the Master in Doctor Who, and DS Roy Grace in Grace. His other television credits include State of Play, The Lakes, Crime and Punishment, Exile, Prey, and Cracker. His film roles include Wonderland, Everyday, Boston Kickout, Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People. He has twice been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chris Lang</span> British actor and writer

Chris Lang is a British screenwriter, producer and actor. Lang has written for many British television series but is best known as the writer, creator and executive producer of Unforgotten.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nicola Walker</span> British actress (born 1970)

Nicola Jane Walker is an English actress, known for her starring roles in various British television programmes from the 1990s onwards, including that of Ruth Evershed in the spy drama Spooks and DCI Cassie Stuart in Unforgotten (2015–2021). She has also worked in theatre, radio and film. She won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and was twice nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for the BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carey Mulligan</span> English actress (born 1985)

Carey Hannah Mulligan is an English actress. She has received various accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.

Danny Brocklehurst is an English screenwriter and playwright. He has won both BAFTA and Royal Television Society writing awards. He was featured in the writers' section of the Broadcast magazine Hot 100 2007.

Dennis Kelly is a British writer and producer. He has worked for theatre, television and film.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Daniel Kaluuya</span> British-Ugandan actor (born 1989)

Daniel Kaluuya is a British actor. Prominent both on screen and stage, he has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2021, he was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role</span> Award

Best Actress in a Supporting Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding supporting performance in a film. This award began in 1968 and had four nominees until 1999 when expanded to five nominees. There has been one tie in this category. No award was given for the years 1980 and 1981.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Claire Foy</span> British actress (born 1984)

Claire Elizabeth Foy is a British actress. She is best known for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the Netflix series The Crown (2016–2017) for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Jeannette "Jeany" Spark is an English actress, known for portraying Linda Wallander in the British television series Wallander. The actress has also had significant roles in the comedy series Man Down and the drama series The Interceptor.

<i>Shetland</i> (TV series) BBC Scotland crime drama television series, 2013–

Shetland is a Scottish crime drama series made by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland and first broadcast on BBC One on 10 March 2013. Based upon the novels of Ann Cleeves and adapted for television by David Kane, who has remained a principal writer throughout, it stars Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Pérez. Also starring are Alison O'Donnell as DS Alison "Tosh" McIntosh, Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson and Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter. Lewis Howden, Erin Armstrong, Julie Graham and Anne Kidd are also principal members of the cast. Henshall won the 2016 BAFTA Scotland award for best actor and the series received the award for Best TV Drama. From Series 8 (2023), Ashley Jensen stars as DI Ruth Calder, replacing Henshall.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Eleven (company)</span> British television production company

Eleven is a British television production company founded by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson. It was formed in 2006 and was the first drama production company to benefit from the Channel 4 Growth Fund, set up to nurture independent creative companies based in the UK.

Chloe Pirrie is a Scottish actress. She has played main roles in the 2014 miniseries The Game, the 2012 film Shell, and the 2015 television film An Inspector Calls. She has also appeared in the 2016 miniseries War & Peace, the 2015 film Youth, the 2015 film Blood Cells and "The Waldo Moment", a 2013 episode of Black Mirror. In 2015 she also co-starred in the Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short Film Stutterer.

<i>Bodyguard</i> (British TV series) 2018 British television drama series

Bodyguard is a British political thriller television series created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions as part of ITV Studios for the BBC. The six-part series centres around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a British Army war veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned as the principal protection officer (PPO) for the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics he despises. The series draws attention to controversial issues such as government monitoring of private information and its regulation, the politics of intervention and terrorism, and PTSD.

Harry Bradbeer is a British director, producer, and writer. He is known for his work on the television series Fleabag and Killing Eve, and the films Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2.

<i>The Dig</i> (2021 film) British drama film directed by Simon Stone

The Dig is a 2021 British drama film directed by Simon Stone, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, which reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, England. It stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan.


  1. "Netflix Boards BBC Two's 'Collateral'; Billie Piper & More Join David Hare Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. Singh, Anita (18 January 2018). "Police dramas have been 'done to death' says writer of new BBC police drama". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  3. "Full Cast Announced for Thriller Series 'Collateral' Starring Carey Mulligan". Variety. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. "Latest News: Collateral". BBC.
  5. "Full Cast Announced for Thriller Series 'Collateral' Starring Carey Mulligan". Variety. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. "Netflix, Carey Mulligan join BBC drama". TBI Vision. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  7. "Here's Everything New On Netflix March 2018: Movies, Shows, Netflix Originals, And More". Decider. 6 April 2018. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  8. "Collateral (BBC) [DVD]". Amazon UK. UK.
  9. "Collateral" via
  10. Naahar, Rohan (12 March 2018). "Collateral review: Carey Mulligan stars in Netflix's addictive murder mystery and there goes your weekend". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  11. Sharma, Manik (26 March 2018). "Collateral review: Carey Mulligan delivers a terrific performance in this flawed but timely crime drama". First Post. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  12. "BAFTA Television 2019: Nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards + British Academy Television Craft Awards". BAFTA. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  13. "Television 2019: Winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards + British Academy Television Craft Awards". BAFTA. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  14. "Television 2019: Winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards + British Academy Television Craft Awards". BAFTA. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.