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Criminal Record review – Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo are great alone. Together, they’re mesmerising

We need an award for best joint performance and we need it now, for these two and their sublime turns in a clever, timely corrupt cop thriller

Apple TV+’s new drama opens at night with Peter Capaldi apparently working as a taxi driver, with two obnoxious characters in the back. The waves of fury and hatred roll off him. I want to note up top that Capaldi marauding the mean streets of London or Glasgow à la Taxi Driver is a show I would watch. Imagine Capaldi as a man forced into nightly proximity with humanity. Wouldn’t you give just about anything to see that?

Fortunately, this show gives him an almost equally sublime role to play. Criminal Record essentially functions as a showcase for Capaldi as DCI Daniel Hegarty, an old-school detective (of the un-bonhomous type), and Cush Jumbo as DS June Lenker, whose race and *** are enough for him to mark her down as part of the new guard.

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