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DEAD COMPLEX; MURDER MYSTERY IS A TANGLED WEB OF INTRIGUE.

Byline: Words by: Jennifer Rodger

At the heart of the action in this four-part drama is Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan). The former teacher - 'I gave it up: too violent' - is now a detective on the trail of a killer.

'Kip is good under pressure and likes being in charge,' says Carey. 'There's such a scarcity of great writing for women and this drama has so much.' But the case doesn't begin well. 'Why would anyone kill a pizza deliveryman?' asks baffled Kip. She suspects it was a professional hit but that victim Abdullah wasn't the intended target.

As she digs deeper, we meet characters connected to the shooting. So there's frazzled mother Karen (Billie Piper), who ordered but, hmmm, didn't eat the pizza. Karen's ex-husband David (John Simm) is a MP.

David's friend Jane (Nicola Walker) is a vicar who admits: 'God, I'm a mess.' And Jane's lover is the only witness to Abdullah's murder. Got that!? 'There's an exciting pace and I like the way it weaves in and out of different people's lives,' adds Carey. 'If people are dying for the next episode that would be my dream end result.' Collateral has a stellar cast, but John Simm was particularly impressed with one newcomer - his daughter Molly. She plays his character David's little girl, Elfie. 'It was a wonderful experience,' he says of being co-stars.

Filming in a big city is never easy. But the Collateral crew had to take extra care as it was made in London in the wake of attacks in Westminster and London Bridge. Star Carey Mulligan recalls: People were on edge. We had to be careful about sending lots of police cars around London, so no one got panicked that there were suddenly 10 pulling up at once. We had to make sure they knew it wasn't for a worrying reason.

COLLATERAL Mon 9pm BBC2

Apizza deliveryman is shot dead in south-east London - and it's not because he forgot the garlic bread. As the investigation begins, we see how a single murder blows up to cause widespread collateral damage.

A witness, asylum seekers, the Army and the Government all end up getting caught in the crossfire

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Carey, Billie and Nicola play the detective, the mum and the vicar

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2018
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