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U Be Dead, ITV1

U Be Dead, ITV1

Stalker thriller based on a real-life case fails to elicit much sympathy for the victims

Tara Fitzgerald and David Morrissey play victims of a deranged stalker in a story based on real events

The difficulty with fashioning real-life events as drama lies in the temptation to turn the central players into characters that an audience will naturally warm to. But real life isn’t like that. Bad things can happen to people you wouldn’t necessarily feel much warmth towards, or sympathy for. But a drama, especially a prime-time television thriller, requires us to root for the protagonist. It’s not enough to simply know that a just outcome has been achieved. We have to be on emotional tenterhooks, even if we know the outcome in advance.

The difficulty with fashioning real-life events as drama lies in the temptation to turn the central players into characters that an audience will naturally warm to. But real life isn’t like that. Bad things can happen to people you wouldn’t necessarily feel much warmth towards, or sympathy for. But a drama, especially a prime-time television thriller, requires us to root for the protagonist. It’s not enough to simply know that a just outcome has been achieved. We have to be on emotional tenterhooks, even if we know the outcome in advance.

Jan Falkowski’s behaviour during the ordeal did not look particularly good on paper

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Please tell me who played Jan Falkowskis mother in the b.b.c drama u.b.dead

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