Lockdown & Chill with Matt Christie: White Lines

In the eagerly-anticipated new show, which has been hailed as the hit of the summer, Daniel Mays plays Marcus – a washed-up, 40-something DJ living in Ibiza who dabbles in drug-dealing to make ends meet. In this weeks review, Matt shares his thoughts and whether it is hot or not!

White Lines

This series is a total clichè , with the expectation that we’d probably fire our way through it like almost everything I have watched in lockdown. However, it turns out White Lines is a bit of a chore to watch with each episode seeming to go on forever- rather like a hot, Spanish Sunday afternoon.

The best place to start deconstructing this show would be the shallow and annoying characters, in particular Zoe, Anna, David (played by pound shop racism apologist Laurence Fox) and Marcus who spend far too much time emphasising the Mancunian accent to put in an acting performance that wouldn’t be amiss in a daytime soap opera.

Then there’s quirky “wideboy” Axel played by apparent “rising star” Tom Rhys Harries who makes you want to reach through the screen and give him a slap; if you watch this you’ll soon figure out only has 3 facial expressions- gormless, brooding teenager and sulky.

The show becomes slapstick half way through with the introduction of Zoe and Axel’s father and his crime solving compatriot Miguel from the Spanish police (who by the way, are painted as blundering and incompetent throughout) ,as each of the characters try to solve a murder...

It’s almost as if the writers/producers realise half way through the ten episodes (yes, 10 whole episodes), that they are putting together a glorified and very expensive soap opera, so they decide to amp up the drug use, gratuitous sex, violence and at one point even incorporate incest for no other apparent reason apart from distracting the viewer from a narrative that is going nowhere!

The only redeeming features of this show are the characters Boxer and Kika, but even then, I think this is because the rest of the cast and story is really bad.

More Hollyoaks than anything I’ve seen in a long time, a waste of 10 hours which is saying something given our ongoing predicament.

Rating: 4/10

About Matt:

Matt is a Director at a fast growing networking business in Leeds which focuses on bringing together all the major stakeholders associated with investment and economic growth.

A graduate in the realm of Broadcasting and PR, he has spent the lockdown trying not to overindulge on food and booze but instead overindulging in Netflix and Prime Video!

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.


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