Blackout (TV series)

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Series title over an obscured street scene
Blackout title card
Genre Dramatic television series
Written by Bill Gallagher
Directed by Tom Green
Composer(s) David Julyan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3
Executive producer(s)
  • Christopher Aird
  • Nicola Shindler
Producer(s) Matthew Bird
Cinematography Christopher Ross
  • Liana Del Giudice
  • Anthony Combes
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Original network BBC One
Original release 2 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.


Blackout follows Daniel Demoys (Christopher Eccleston), a stranger in his own life. Over the years he has gone from being an idealistic young man with a burning desire to make the world a better place, to a disillusioned and corrupt council official. His alcoholism has driven a wedge between him and wife, Alex (Dervla Kirwan), and their three children. The fallout from his alcohol fueled actions prove agonising for all around him. When Daniel wakes up after another drunken night, he realises that he might be responsible for a murder. A dramatic act of redemption buys him public adoration, so much so that he has become a candidate in the race for Mayor, persuaded by council official Jerry Durrans (Ewen Bremner), and lawyer sister Lucy (Lyndsey Marshal).

The public's opinion of Daniel as a straight talking everyday hero couldn't be higher. They are enthralled by his no nonsense determination not to treat the electorate like fools and by his openness about his personal problems and struggle with addiction. As his public star rises ever higher and he tries to repair the damage done to his private life, he is painfully aware that it could all come crashing down at any moment. With Detective Dalien Bevan hot on his trail and determined to gain respect in the force, he could be just the person to do this. With Daniel's deepening relationships with Bevan's ex-wife Sylvie, hospital nurse Donna, and the murdered man's daughter Ruth, he finds himself in even more of a tangled web than he could ever have imagined.



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 2012-07-19. 
  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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