Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell) are an upper middle class, ambitious couple who have just invited somebody new into their lives. Dorothy has given birth to a son, Jericho, but sadly after only a few months Jericho dies.
Dorothy’s therapist suggests they use a support doll to help them through the grieving process, however as time goes on the Turners decide to hire a nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) to look after Jericho. Everything’s going well and Leanne even takes to their ‘baby’ as if he were real, but soon Sean starts to realise that Leanne is having a strong influence on not only their lives, but that of their son’s as well.
Servant is a suspenseful drama with elements of horror created by Tony Basgallop and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan. A slow burn drama, Servant takes its audience through the lives of the Turners with each episode asking more questions than it would like to answer. Something that has worked in other television dramas, but may divide audiences.
Filmed in a style that has the trademark of Shyamalan’s work, Servant is a mostly quiet melodrama with elements of comedy which help to lighten the mood a just the right moments.
A high note is Dorothy’s brother, Julian (Rupert Grint), rough around the edges and not always concerned with responsibility, Julian offers a lot of memorable scenes and audiences may never think of Grint in the same way again.
The class divide between the Turners and Leanne (who Sean refers to as staff) is clear and the entitlement that they have due to their expensive lifestyle may lead the audience to believe that they may be getting what they deserve, but Servant never goes that way.
Instead a constant feeling that something is wrong with everything about the Turners and indeed Leanne’s presence hangs in the air throughout the entire show. Patience is something that is needed by an audience that watches Servant, but if they hang in there they will be rewarded by great performances and a suspenseful and unexpectedly funny script that will leave the audience wanting more.
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