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IN MY VIEW Kathryn Williams; REVIEW.

REEPY is the word I'd use to sum up the introductory episode of Requiem, BBC One and Netflix's Welsh-filmed supernatural drama, and I have to say I'm hooked.

CThough not perfect, I'm being picky, but the incidental music is a bit overbearing at times and spoils the tension and there are a few instances of trope box-ticking (the jumpy dream-sequences, flickering lights and spirit-possessed electricals), I'm intrigued to see where this is going to go.

I won't have to wait long, mind you, the whole series is now available on iPlayer and I'll probably binge-watch the entire thing in less than a week (once I've filed away The Crown, of course).

The main crux of the story is that startlingly blonde cellist Matilda (Lydia Wilson) makes a trip to Wales after witnessing her mother's (Joanna Scanlan) suicide to discover a terrifying secret about her existence.

Requiem is a great level of creepy, for me, although the use of spooky mirror and window reflection just might push me behind a cushion. I thought I'd be bored by halfway through the episode, but as it went on I was drawn in and I want to know the story of what's haunting Matilda and how the rest of the cast will get on with pronouncing the local Welsh names.

The BBC has high hopes for this drama - scheduling it at 9pm on a Friday is a great move. It'll get the working week crowd too tired to go out, but wanting something to get their teeth into ahead of the Last Leg and Graham Norton. Mind you, like me, they'll also try to watch the whole six episodes before the weekend is out.

| Requiem continues on BBC One at 9pm on Fridays and is available on iPlayer @KATHW80 kathryn.williams@walesonline.co.uk

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 3, 2018
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