Dark, weird, and expertly plotted, this Brit-import thriller has all the hallmarks of a more grown up Pretty Little Liars: complicated women, closeted skeletons, dirty deeds. Stories about cabals and underworlds that exist beneath the everyday are fun, because real life is boring. On an average day, a real college student will go to class, do homework, maybe have a beer with pizza. On an average day for a Clique character, there'll be parties dripping with champagne, big secretive business deals, and any number of intrigues that involve phone messages or whispering behind closed doors. It's not believable, but it sure is fun.
The actors in this drama are also uncommonly appealing, most of all Rachel Hurd-Wood, who most American viewers, if they know her at all, will remember from the 2003 remake of Peter Pan. Cast here in a role very different from her wide-eyed Wendy, Hurd is creepy, menacing, and yet appealing as she ushers first Georgia and then Holly into her coven of sirens. Louise Brealey, who had a small part in Sherlock, is equally fantastic as a professor with a nefarious plan, injecting her classrooms of swooning girls with feminist fire. Once they start watching, viewers will be grateful all the episodes dropped at once.