THE Virtues returns on Channel 4 tonight – and it stars Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham.
The opening episode saw him struggling with the hangover from hell – something we can probably all relate to.
What have the reviews been like?
The Virtues had critics excited ahead of its TV debut – with Stephen Graham being heralded for his performance.
TV reviewing site The List gave the show four out of five stars and praised its “economical dialogue and fly-on-the-wall camera work “for creating a “hugely suspenseful” show.
The review also praised lead actor Graham’s portrayal of recovering alcoholic Joseph – calling it a “possibly career-best performance.”
Likewise The Guardian described the show a as an “emotionally eviscerating four-part drama.”
And said it had “every chance” of being a “small-screen classic.”
Joe.co.uk said the first episode is “arguably the greatest work of Stephen Graham’s career”.
They also describe the drama as “an excellent piece of powerful and humane British television”.
What is The Virtues about?
The four-part miniseries focuses on the life of Joseph, who is struggling with the process of recovering from his alcohol addiction.
He is set down a further path of destruction after his ex decides to move to Australia and with their son Shea.
In a desperate attempt to find companionship while recollecting thoughts of his childhood, Joseph heads back to the south of Ireland where he restores his broken bond with his sister Anna.
Anna had thought her brother was dead, so it’s a complete shock for her to see her sibling at her home.
She welcomes Joseph with open arms and, through the help of her husband, employs him to work under the family’s company.
Here, Joseph comes-face-to-face with his past demons when he meets Craigy – an odd figure who won’t leave him alone.
What time is The Virtues on ITV?
The Virtues continues tonight (May 29) on Channel 4 at 9pm.
While intrigued viewers would normally be used to watching a season filled with plenty of episodes, The Virtues only has four.
If you miss any episodes you can catch it on Channel 4+1 or later on All4.
Who has been cast in the series?
Frank Laverty is Anna’s husband Michael and Mark O’Halloran (Devils) is the sketchy work colleague named Craigy.
Michael’s sister Dinah, who is played by Niamh Algar, concludes the main cast.
Shane Meadows helms the director and writer position.
He is famously known for winning a Bafta for Best British Film with 2008’s This Is England.