“First Reviews in for The Secret!”
By Stuart, May 5 2016 10:41AM
THE TELEGRAPH ****
“The real achievement of Stuart Urban’s superb script was in capturing the weird balance of religious devotion and sexual obsession that seemed to normalise the relationship in Howell and Buchanan’s minds…’The Secret’ was masterly, an excellent reason to say in on Friday nights to come”. Gerard O’Donovan.
“Makes for spellbinding, haunting and very uncomfortable telly….Powerful drama…uniquely watchable”. Kevin O'Sullivan.
“Startling….resembles a darkly comic Ulster version of ‘The Affair’, should give…ITV a hit for viewers who find ‘The Durrells’ too twee. Compelling …confirms (N Ireland) as a powerhouse of TV drama.” Mark Lawson.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“I can’t remember a better portrayal of suburban charm hiding suburban evil…it’s hard to create suspense when you already know the ending. But in this case..it was still a nailbiter”. Matt Rudd.
“A terrific dramatization…I have watched ahead and it only gets better…truly chilling..there being nothing quite so terrifying as a man convinced of his own righteousness”. Euan Ferguson.
“Told with passion and power..the sort of tale we’ve seen many times before, yet what made ‘The Secret’ so interesting was the way Stuart Urban’s smart script dealt with it…Urban sensitively depicted a close-knit community where religion was central”. Sarah Hughes.
Strong start for ITV's "The Secret"