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Two episodes in, and you have an uneasy sense that the lovely, happy Johnson family will soon find ...

Undercover: Assembling the puzzle pieces

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Two episodes in, and you have an uneasy sense that the lovely, happy Johnson family will soon find their world torn apart in Peter Moffat’s taut BBC One drama.

A deep secret unravelling over the next few weeks will see Maya’s (the peerless Sophie Okonedo) belief in everything she knows shaken, when the man she trusts with her life will likely break her heart.

An impassioned speech at the interview for the DPP job shows us exactly why Maya is the last person certain members of the establishment want, and why everyone else will be urging her on. Including Nick (Adrian Lester, simultaneously macho and sensitive), struggling with divided loyalties.

With the measured pace of the first episode setting us up in the present, this instalment took us back to where it all began, 20 years previously. We see Maya’s flame begin to blaze, while Nick, having built a detailed yet false backstory, ingratiates himself into her life.

Apart from the meetings with handler Carter (Vincent Regan) we have just one glimpse into Nick’s real life - being given his father’s ashes, whose funeral he was unable to attend. We found out the answer to why Nick’s children didn’t know their real grandfather: his abysmal childhood at the hands of drug fuelled parents - all fabricated.

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