BBC One – Saturday 21st January 2017 – 9:15pm
Created by: Tom Hardy, Edward “Chips” Hardy, Steven Knight
Written by: Steven Knight
Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm
A PINCER MOVEMENT
After a fortnight of moaning that episodes 1.1 and 1.2 of the BBC’s Ridley Scott-produced historical miniseries were more concerned with entrenching us in grimy atmosphere than propelling the story forward, with Saturday’s third instalment opening with cunning comeback kid James Delaney (Tom Hardy) weak and wobbly after being stitched up from the knife wound he sustained at the hands of a bonneted assassin, I feared we would be in for another hour of slow burn consternation as our enigmatic protagonist recovered from the thrust of a blade.