A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Police detectives need to use teamwork, communication, and curiosity to solve crimes. The show asks its audience to be empathetic to characters that might have done some bad things, but were in difficult situations.
Positive Role Models
Michael Broom and his team work together to solve two connected missing person cases. Along with teamwork, they use curiosity, communication and perseverance to solve crimes. Megan has had a difficult life, but her decisions were made in high-pressure situations, and audiences are shown reasons to empathize with her plight.
The series is racially diverse, with Black actors Cush Jumbo, Daniel Francis and Bethany Antonia as the central family. Megan (Jumbo) is a complex main character who lives in a racially and culturally diverse English town. Queer performer Eddie Izzard also stars, and while his character might not be queer, Izzard's presence adds another layer of diversity to the series. Other queer characters, like drag queens, are shown, albeit as extras in nightclub scenes.
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Violence & Scariness
A mugging is shown, as is assault and physical self-defense. A character is shown drenched in blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character worked in the sex industry in her past. Scenes with kissing and discussions about sex. Discussion about "strippers and hookers" and someone being a "love slave." A nude model (wearing underwear) is shown in a painting class event at a bachelorette party.
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Language includes "piss," "f--k," "shite."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stay Close is a crime thriller featuring a suburban woman in England whose dark past catches up to her. The series includes sexual humor and situations, violence, drinking and drug use, and scenes with blood. The series is also diverse, starring Cush Jumbo as the lead.
Is It Any Good?
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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