Rellik (TV series)

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Created by
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Willow Grylls
  • Charlie Pattinson
  • Elaine Pyke
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
  • Christopher Aird
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 September 2017 (2017-09-11) –
present (present)

Rellik ("Killer" spelled backwards) is a BBC One crime television series created and written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams that premiered on 11 September 2017.[1] The project was commissioned by the BBC in 2015, with Cinemax joining them later in November 2016.[2] In the United States the series premiered on 13 April 2018.[3]


The series tells the story of the hunt for a serial killer who always attacks his victims with acid. The chief investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gabriel Markham, himself becomes a victim of the perpetrator but survives the attack. The story is shown in reverse, starting with the police shooting the suspected killer and then moving backwards in sections to finish at the beginning of the story. The period of time the story has moved backwards is shown each time on the screen.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateUS release dateUK viewers
(millions) [5]
US viewers
1"Episode 1"Sam MillerHarry Williams, Jack Williams11 September 2017 (2017-09-11)13 April 20184.96TBA
2"Episode 2"Sam MillerHarry Williams, Jack Williams18 September 2017 (2017-09-18)TBA2.82[6]TBA
3"Episode 3"Sam MillerHarry Williams, Jack Williams25 September 2017 (2017-09-25)TBAN/ATBA
4"Episode 4"Hans HerbotsMarston Bloom2 October 2017 (2017-10-02)TBAN/ATBA
5"Episode 5"Hans HerbotsHarry Williams, Jack Williams9 October 2017 (2017-10-09)TBAN/ATBA
6"Episode 6"Sam MillerMax Barnes16 October 2017 (2017-10-16)TBAN/ATBA


Harry Williams and Jack Williams began writing Rellik while they were filming and editing the first series of The Missing. "We didn't want it to be a technical exercise," the pair remarked, "so we had to ask ourselves why you'd tell a story that way. It became clear quite quickly that it was all about motive. That things happen for a reason and those reasons lie in the past. So, what happens when you start at the end and find your way back to the past sounded like an interesting thing to explore."[7]


Initial reaction after the first episode were mixed: some people struggled to understand the programme's style.[8][9] Episode one's consolidated viewing figure of 4.96 million fell to 2.82 million for episode two and subsequent episodes failed to register at all in the top 30 programmes for the week on BBC1.[10] However, after the show's finale, it received acclaim from critics.[11]


  1. ^ "Everything you need to know about Rellik, BBC One's new serial killer drama". 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (29 November 2016). "Cinemax Picks Up Serial Killer Limited Series From 'The Missing' Creators".
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 October 2017). "Revamped Cinemax Sets 2018 Lineup With 'Strike Back', 'Rellik', J.K. Rowling's 'C.B. Strike' & Season 2 Of 'Outcast'".
  4. ^ "BBC – Richard Dormer and Jodi Balfour star in innovative new BBC One and Cinemax drama series, Rellik - Media Centre".
  5. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
  6. ^ "The Ratings Thread (Part 70) - Page 86".
  7. ^ "Rellik – the new BBC One drama from Harry and Jack Williams". BBC Writersroom. 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Rellik or Liar? Viewers deliver their verdict on BBC and ITV dramas".
  9. ^ "BBC's Rellik slammed as 'unwatchable'".
  10. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB".
  11. ^ Virtue, Graeme (16 October 2017). "Rellik recap: episode six – a finale that gleefully set fire to everything" – via

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