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TV Review: Good Behaviour

Good Behaviour

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What’s that saying – Good girls go to heaven and bad girls go everywhere.

Well in this new role, Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) is trying to be good and change her bad girl ways. From the outset, the viewer suspects that maybe Letty is a good girl gone bad. Actually, she’s not reformed so much as forced to change. Who is she and how did end up losing her son, on parole and now at the behest of an assassin? That is basically the plot outline of Good Behaviour.

Michelle Dockery will probably be for ever more linked to Downton Abbey and her role as Lady Mary. In a complete departure, in Good Behaviour she is anything but playing the complete opposite of Lady Mary – a thief, con artist, alcoholic and drug user.

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The pilot is long and a bit too long. Yes, we need to see the different facets of the character but there are too many scenes when it is just the central character on screen. It drags and the central character feels as if it a muddle of too many cliches and not enough originality.  I have had the opportunity of seeing a few more episodes and all I can say is stick with it. If only the pilot had been ruthlessly edited this series would be on everyone’s lips. However, stick with it because from episode two onwards there is a lot more sparring between Letty Raines and her “boss” the hitman (Juan Diego Botto) who she encounters in the pilot. There is no denying there is good chemistry between the two central characters but again this is only really evident from episode two onwards.

Good Behavior debuts on Virgin TV on demand on Monday 11th September, leading up to the much anticipated season two premiere on Monday 16th October to coincide with the US

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