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By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cush Jumbo thriller has sex work, violence, drug use.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Fabulous series however gory and disturbing

This show is well written, well acted, and twisty. The blood and gore stay to a minimum until the last two episodes when there is constant flipping back and forth between being fine and then blood everywhere and graphic injuries. I loved the concept, but the blood and gore in the last two episodes left a bad taste in my mouth about the series as a whole. I am not a super squeamish person, and it was too much for me.

Is It Any Good?

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This series is good news for for Anglophiles who want to see something a bit different from the usual British crime drama. The "something different" comes thanks to the focus on a diverse English town and Cush Jumbo, who leads the series. As the series and its secrets unfold, expect that depictions of sex work will be given a three-dimensional representation.

Jumbo is given a lot of material to work with, and she delivers by portraying a character with multiple layers, depth of feeling, and grit. Overall, fans of hers from The Good Wife and The Good Fight will be thrilled to see her showcase all of her theatrical power as the centerpiece of this new series. And fans of British thrillers will feel right at home while being challenged to experience something new by seeing a Black woman at the helm.

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