Intruder, Channel 5, Review: This Thriller Feels Like A Play – And Not A Good One

The latest in Channel 5’s never-ending parade of thrillers, Intruder, felt more like a play than a TV show. Not a West End must-see, though; more a production by the local am-dram society you’re guilt-tripped into watching because your brother’s girlfriend’s sister plays the lead.

a man and a woman standing in a room: Intruder (Photo: Bernard Walsh/Chalkboard/Clapperboard) © Provided by The i Intruder (Photo: Bernard Walsh/Chalkboard/Clapperboard)

Opening at a dinner party – the guests debating voting Leave and racism while taking cocaine confirmed we were in the house of a liberal, middle-class couple – the drama quickly descended into much darker territory when the man of the house, Sam (Tom Meeten), murdered an intruder, Syed (Sonny Poon Tip), caught robbing his home.

The main problem is that we are given no indication as to how we’re supposed to feel towards any character. Not only is Sam a murderer, he also orchestrated a cover-up, dragging his wife, Rebecca (Elaine Cassidy), and her colleague/friend/witness Angela (Helen Behan) into a ridiculous false narrative that frames them as victims. They are all rather heinous people, though the series seems to want us to feel sorry for them.

Why Sam felt the need to kill the boy is the real mystery. Texts from anonymous numbers to ‘CALL ME NOW’ and a suspicious boat shipment of pills led to confusion rather than intrigue.

In focusing on this, Intruder relegates its most interesting storyline – why the police aren’t treating Syed’s death as suspicious – to secondary status. It’s a shame because it’s also where the best acting is to be found, too: Kriss Dosanjh is fantastic as the boy’s grieving father.

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