Wired (TV series)

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Wired
Genre Crime drama
Written by
  • Kate Brooke
Directed by
  • Kenny Glenaan
Starring
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rebecca Hodgson
Producer(s)
  • Thea Harvey
Location(s)
  • United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 13 October (2008-10-13) – 27 October 2008 (2008-10-27)

Wired is a 2008 three-part television miniseries starring Jodie Whittaker, Laurence Fox and Toby Stephens. It debuted on ITV at 9:00pm on Monday, 13 October 2008, and was shown over three consecutive weeks. The complete series was released on DVD on 10 November 2008.[1]

Plot[edit]

Single mother and bank employee Louise Evans (Jodie Whittaker) finds herself blackmailed by a colleague after documents reveal that she and a former partner stole £3,000 from a former employer. The boyfriend, Philip Manningham (Laurence Fox), plans to defraud £250m from ZBG Banking, the company from which he was sacked, and Louise agrees to help him pull off an Internet scam. Meanwhile, Detective Crawford Hill (Toby Stephens) is working undercover in an attempt to expose the fraud ring and after a chance meeting with Louise, he realises she is involved and is key to him cracking the case. However, their relationship soon threatens to compromise everything and places Louise in mortal danger.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Jane Simon of The Mirror said of episode one; "Last week ended with the long-overdue sight of evil Janine from EastEnders (Charlie Brooks) lying dead on her desk with blood pouring from her neatly sliced wrists. Add to that little treat, the sight of Coronation Street actress Katy Cavanagh - Kirk's blonde other half - playing hardnosed Jane Tennison-type detective Polly Stuart. "I'm upgrading this to armed ops!" she barks tonight as the banking fraud she's nosing into turns ugly. Ah, banking fraud! Already we can allow ourselves a twinge of nostalgia for the boom days, when bankers could while away the nine-to-five happily plotting new ways to screw millions of pounds from fat-cat businessmen who named their accounts after their high-speed yachts. For our heroine Louise (Jodie Whittaker), having been stitched up by one (now dead) friend, knowing who she can trust gets even harder.

And she discovers that the nice bloke Crawford (Toby Stephens), who has been acting as her personal guardian angel, is in fact a copper. And that Phillip Manningham (Laurence Fox), the bloke she made the deal with, is merely plankton in the dog-eat-dog food chain of fraud. Fortunately, Louise is a quick thinking and resourceful girl - she'll have to be as she meets Phillip's partners tonight and events take a hair-raising turn."[2]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)
Original airdate
1 "The Beginning" Kate Brooke Kenny Gleenan 5.23 13 October 2008 (2008-10-13)
2 "The Middle" Kate Brooke Kenny Gleenan 4.41 20 October 2008 (2008-10-20)
3 "The End" Kate Brooke Kenny Gleenan 3.55 27 October 2008 (2008-10-27)

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