The Whistleblowers

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The Whistleblowers
Genre Crime drama
Written by
  • Tony Marchant
  • Paul Logue
  • Steve Thompson
Directed by
  • Richard Clark
  • Paul Gay
  • John McKay
Starring
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Production location(s)
  • United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 27 September (2007-09-27) – 1 November 2007 (2007-11-01)

The Whistleblowers is a British drama series, first broadcast on ITV from 27 September to 1 November 2007. The series stars Richard Coyle and Indira Varma as personal injury lawyers Ben Graham and Alisha Cole, who set themselves up in private practice after witnessing a covert team of police officers kidnapping a suspect in broad daylight. Described as ITV's answer to Hustle and Spooks,[1] only one series of the programme was broadcast, before it was axed by the network. A DVD of the series was subsequently released on 12 November 2007.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Gerard O'Donovan of The Telegraph said of the opening episode: "ITV has been looking for a rival to BBC One’s glossy hits Hustle and Spooks for some time now. The Whistleblowers, a drama series about a pair of toothsome young lawyers wielding the twin swords of truth and justice to expose corporate and government corruption, was commissioned with that in mind. And with the likes of scriptwriter Tony Marchant at the helm and the likeable Richard Coyle and Indira Varma in the lead roles, ITV must have felt they were onto a winner. For last night’s opener to get off to a great start only to ebb away into cliché and numbskullery was, therefore, more than usually disappointing. The characters were well set up. Ben (Coyle) and Alisha (Varma) were lawyers working for the same City firm. He was the cut and run merchant, she the cautious high-flyer. Driving home one night they came across a half-naked hooded man being bundled into a Range Rover by big chaps in Army fatigues, so they did what any self-respecting lawyers would do – they backed off. So far so good, but unfortunately their lives then became a morass of unlikely coincidences and unlawyer-like behaviour.

The hooded man conveniently turned up again in the house opposite their flat and the big chaps left the curtains open while indulging in a spot of torture. Not only that, they left the front door open while signing for a delivery, allowing Ben to sneak in and find a very articulate terrorist suspect in the basement. “I’m being held by rogue British security agents. It’s a big conspiracy. Can you call my campaigning lawyer for me,” only mildly paraphrases his actual words. Suffice to say that the bad guys were defeated and our dynamic duo, having run the gamut of MI5 nastiness, emerged grinning like Cheshire cats, announcing to a breathless media scrum that they were founding an agency for fellow lid-lifters in need of white knights. After that start, I wouldn’t trust them to challenge a parking ticket. But there are five more episodes to come. Let’s hope they’re more convincing."[3]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewing figures (m.)
1"Ghosts"John McKayTony Marchant27 September 2007 (2007-09-27)3.93m
Witnessing a frightened man in a hood being bundled into a car, Alisha and Ben become determined to find out what is going on.
2"Pandemic"John McKayTony Marchant4 October 2007 (2007-10-04)TBA
Ben and Alisha try to get an insider to blow the whistle on a pharmaceutical company's responsibility for the appearance of a deadly new virus.
3"No Child Left Behind"Paul GaySteve Thompson11 October 2007 (2007-10-11)TBA
Ben and Alisha try to get an insider to blow the whistle on a pharmaceutical company's responsibility for the appearance of a deadly new virus.
4"Fit for Purpose"Paul GayTony Saint18 October 2007 (2007-10-18)TBA
Alisha and Ben uncover corruption in the immigration service that allowed a person to enter the country illegally for the purpose of committing a murder.
5"Starters"Richard ClarkPaul Logue25 October 2007 (2007-10-25)TBA
Alisha and Ben uncover corruption in the immigration service that allowed a person to enter the country illegally for the purpose of committing a murder.
6"Environment"Richard ClarkTony Marchant1 November 2007 (2007-11-01)TBA
Investigating a waste-incineration plant that may be responsible for cancer-causing pollution, Alisha is shocked to discover that her dad may be involved.

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