With many of our summer standards delayed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, a new wave of heretofore unseen British programming is finally making its way to American shores - including the 2019 thriller Guilt, which will air on Masterpiece this September.
Unlike many of PBS's other summer offerings, which have familiar bones - the family drama Us, the new season of mystery series Unforgotten - Guilt is something that we don't often see on Masterpiece. A darkly absorbing tale of rascality and deceit, Guilt is the story of a drunken drive home that lands two brothers in increasingly hot water, as they commit more and more serious crimes to hide their culpability in a hit-and-run.
The series stars Summer of Rockets' Mark Bonnar and To the Ends of the Earth's Jamie Sives as Max and Jake, two estranged brothers who accidentally run over a pedestrian named Walter on the way home from a wedding. And although the brothers may no longer be what you'd call close, they are desperate now co-conspirators trying to cover up the worst night of their lives.
From flirting with Walter's niece Angie from America - who they meet at the wake where they've arrived to retrieve incriminating evidence - to hiring a private detective named Max to sabotage the local police investigation, there's apparently nothing they're not willing to do to hide what they've done. (There's even a point at which the mob may or may not become involved.) And if you've ever watched a crime drama, you already know - it's not the crime that gets you in the end, it's the cover-up.
Guilt will air in four parts with back-to-back episodes on September 5 & 12 at 9 pm on Masterpiece. Does this sound like the sort of story you'd be interested in watching? Or does it feel too dark for an early Fall night? Let's discuss in the comments.