Blackout (TV series)

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Series title over an obscured street scene
Blackout title card
GenreDramatic television series
Written byBill Gallagher
Directed byTom Green
Composer(s)David Julyan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
  • Christopher Aird
  • Nicola Shindler
Producer(s)Matthew Bird
CinematographyChristopher Ross
  • Liana Del Giudice
  • Anthony Combes
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Red Production Company
Original networkBBC One
Original release2 July (2012-07-02) –
16 July 2012 (2012-07-16)
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Blackout is a 2012 three-part British television drama series produced by Red Production Company.[1] A corrupt council official wakes from an alcoholic blackout to realise that he may have been responsible for a murder. He soon begins a dramatic quest for redemption. The series is directed by Tom Green and written by Bill Gallagher.


After an alcoholic binge corrupt council official Daniel Demoys (Christopher Eccleston) awakes from a blackout and circumstances lead him to believe he may be responsible for a murder. While trying to establish the events of the blackout he attempts to redeem himself, to such a degree that he finds himself a mayoral candidate with the public's backing. However, Daniel also begins a relationship with Detective Dalien Bevan's ex-wife, while the Detective is investigating the murder.



Blackout was commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson, (Drama Commissioning), and Danny Cohen, (Controller, BBC One). The producer is Matthew Bird and director is Tom Green. Executive Producers are Christopher Aird for BBC, Nicola Shindler for Red Production Company, and written by Bill Gallagher. The programme was mostly filmed in Manchester, and includes scenes which were filmed in Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Civil Justice Centre.[2]


The mini-series launched on BBC One on 2 July 2012. It attracted 4.47m viewers (19.6% of UK terrestrial viewers) in the 9pm time slot.[3]

Writing for The Telegraph, Ben Lawrence commented the performances, including those of Eccleston and Scott, but said: "I didn't love Blackout; perhaps because it was so in love with itself. I was crying out for a bit of idiosyncratic dialogue, or some geographical reference to take me out of its noirish hinterland."[4] Jasper Rees writing for The Arts Desk referenced Danish drama The Killing in his review,[5] as did Arifa Akbar in The Independent, who said: "You can see how Blackout's creators have put flecks of Macbeth, and even The Killing in the mix, with its blend of political drama, morality play and crime thriller, but none of it works."[6]


  1. ^ Blackout @ BBC Media Centre. BBC.
  2. ^ Bourne, Dianne (13 July 2012). "Rainy City needed fake showers for new BBC drama Blackout starring Christopher Eccleston". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ Digital Spy UK TV Ratings for 2nd July 2012. Digital Spy.
  4. ^ Lawrence, Ben (3 July 2012). "Blackout, BBC One, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ Rees, Jasper (3 July 2012). "Blackout, BBC One". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ Akbar, Arifa (3 July 2012). "Last night's viewing - Blackout, BBC1; Jamie's Summer Food Rave Up, Channel 4". The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2013.

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