Black Work Ep. 01

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Black Work is a British three-part detective drama which centers around police officer Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith).

Jo Gillespie is dissatisfied that her husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), like herself a police officer, spends so much time away from her and their children but resists colleague Jack Clark’s (Matthew McNulty) suggestion that she leaves Ryan for him.

She is doubly shocked to be told by Superintendent Hepburn (Douglas Henshall) not only that Ryan has been shot dead but had been working undercover – doing ‘black work’ – for three years without her knowledge. Most of the gang he was infiltrating have been arrested but Hepburn and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki (Geraldine James) are anxious not to publicize Ryan’s murder lest it damage the prosecution and are puzzled as to why Ryan had not reported back to his handler for some days before his death.

Jo is incensed by their attitude and tells his mother Barbara (Sharon Duce) who leaks his murder to the press. Believing she has a clue to the killer Jo tells Jack but follows up her enquiry alone, landing herself in danger. *

Andrew Gower plays DC Jared Ansell, a member of the taskforce, who investigate the murder of Ryan Gillespie. He appears in the first and last episode of the series.

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* Source: Wikipedia