Review: Glue – Episode One

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Glue

Set in the fictional British countryside village of Overton, “Glue” is a brand new television series about murder and secrets.

When the body of Caleb (Tommy Knight) is found dead underneath the wheels of a tractor, the village’s inhabitants and his friends are forced to open up their world and watch their secrets spill out. Over the eight episode-long series, viewers will be piecing the clues together as they attempt to uncover who the culprit is.

Whereas “whodunit” television series are no rarity, this is the first time it has been done with a group of teenagers, and there’s a real sense of energy as the youth drama delves outside of its comfort zone. Think “Skins” meets “Broadchurch”. This comes as no surprise considering the television series was penned by BAFTA winning writer Jack Thorne (“This is England” and “Skins”).

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Thorne sets the scene well as, within the first hour, there are a lot of personal conflicts and tensions that begin to arise. Furthermore, moments such as a naked man diving into a heap of grain and a tractor suspended mid-air from a crane make the opening episode particularly memorable.

In addition to the excellent plot, there’s also an incredibly strong cast. Jordan Stephens (best known for being one half of hip-hip duo Rizzle Kicks) does a fantastic job of portraying Rob Kendle – an unemployed 18-year-old who is devoid of emotional support. Other stars include Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown in “Harry Potter”), Faye Marsay (Candice in “Fresh Meat”) and Yasmin Paige (Beth in “Pramface”).

If episode one is anything to go by, Glue certainly has the potential to be a truly unforgettable series. If you’re a fan of teen drama or murder mysteries, this is certainly one to watch.

“Glue” airs on E4 every Monday at 10pm. You can catch up with the first episode on 4OD.

University of Lincoln Journalism graduate David Wriglesworth is a Social Media Manager at tgi MEDIA in Darlington and is the founder of What’s On Darlington – a community hub for the town of Darlington.