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Alibi (British TV)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Telefilm/Mini-Series: B-



A middle-aged, married man (Michael Kitchen) accidentally murders his wife’s lover and convinces a waitress (Sophie Okonedo) from a catering company to not say anything about it because it was “truly” an accident.  They dump the body, but their troubles are just beginning in David Richard’s Alibi, a 2003 British TV production originally shown in two parts.  Here on DVD from Koch Vision, it is presented as a full-length feature.


Of course, the body soon surfaces and though the unlikely duo hoped it would be considered an accidental death by the owner’s automobile losing control, the investigators quickly figure out something is not right here and that it was no accident.  The duo does what they can to cover their tracks and figure that especially because of their different socio-economic classes in England and its infamous caste system, the odds of their secret being discovered is slim.  Of course, it will not necessarily work out that way.


Paul Abbott, who has written successfully for British series like Touching Evil and Cracker, pulls off a teleplay that has just enough humor without it being overdone.  A big part of the credit has to go to Kitchen and Okonedo.  Kitchen has been great for decades on British TV in telefilms like Caught On A Train and series like Foyle’s War (both reviewed elsewhere on this site), while Okonedo’s star continues to rise since her Oscar nomination for Hotel Rwanda.  No matter how funny, the piece stays serious enough, which in turn makes it even funnier and more intense.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a bit soft and disappointing, though this is well shot for a TV project, making it the only problem here.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has good Pro Logic surrounds and makes playback more compelling, especially with dialogue that is clear enough to enjoy the back and forth between the leads.  The only extra is a preview made for the TV broadcast.  You are bound to really enjoy this one, so don’t miss it.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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