Ragdoll
Ragdoll (TV series) Title Card.png
Genre
Created byFreddy Syborn
Based onRagdoll
by Daniel Cole
Written byFreddy Syborn
Starring
Music byMoses Boyd
Country of origin
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
  • Sally Woodward Gentle
  • Lee Morris
  • Freddy Syborn
ProducerLizzie Rusbridger
Cinematography
  • Dave Pimm
  • Phil Wood
Editors
  • Dan Crinnion
  • Paul Dingwall
  • Galina Chakarova
Running time44–46 minutes
Production companies
DistributorBBC Studios
Release
Original network
Original releaseNovember 11 (2021-11-11) –
December 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)

Ragdoll is an internationally co-produced thriller series based upon the novel of the same name by Daniel Cole. In the United States, it premiered on AMC+ on November 11, 2021, and in the United Kingdom, it premiered on Alibi on December 6, 2021.

Premise

The series follows the murder of six people who have been dismembered and sewn into the shape of a grotesque body, "The Ragdoll". As detectives begin to investigate, the killer begins to taunt them.

Cast and characters

Episodes

No.Title [1]Directed byWritten byU.S. release date [1]
1"Episode 1"Toby MacDonaldFreddy SybornNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)
Two years ago, DS Nathan Rose is attending a trial after having been accused of illegally obtaining evidence against serial killer Mark Hooper. With the evidence illegitimate, Hooper is cleared of all murder charges. Rose attacks and beats him. In the present, he, DI Emily Baxter and DC Lake Edmunds investigate the gruesome discovery of a sewed together body, which includes Hooper's head. The body's fingers also point towards Rose's apartment. Baxter and Edmunds vista Hooper's prison, where they learn that he was poisoned. Rose receives a mysterious envelope, which contains a list of six people, supposedly the killer's targets. It includes himself and Mayor Ray Turnbull. Extensive security is put around the mayor and is brought to the station. As Turnbull takes a cigarette, the air ignites and sets him ablaze right in front of Rose. Suffering from PTSD, he attends therapy sessions and opens up about his stay at the psychiatric ward, where he met Joel Shepton. Shepton offered him the number to someone dubbed Faust, who kills on demand, but it will include oneself. Initially hesitant, Rose asks for Faust's number. Despite telling his therapist that Faust doesn't exist, flashbacks reveals that he called him and ordered Hooper to be killed.
2"Episode 2"Toby MacDonaldFreddy SybornNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)
The focus of the investigation turns to the Witness Protection Unit, while Baxter discovers body cam footage that proves that one of its officers, Copley, changed the mayor's inhaler. He is arrested, but indirectly denies responsibility and stabs himself with a pen. Baxter confesses to Rose that she had written Chambers' letter, not him and that she had betrayed Rose' trust, but he forgives her. Rose visits his former psychiatric ward and finds Joel's book, and deciphers his code. He calls Faust again and berates him for killing innocent people and taunts him to kill him. Chambers and Mark Hooper's probation officer are identified as two of the victims' body parts. Rose goes to the roof of the police station and tells Faust that he would kill himself before he gets the chance. Faust finally speaks up and threatens to kill Baxter should Rose kill himself. The kill list is leaked to the media and Hooper's brother Nick, evades the police. He later turns himself in after claiming to have seen the killer. Baxter discovers Nick's body after his lawyer's departure. Rose deduces that she killed him and tries to talk her down, but she steps in front of a moving garbage truck.
3"Episode 3"Toby MacDonaldFreddy SybornNovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)
Baxter learns that Nick Hooper's lawyer's son was kidnapped and that she was blackmailed into killing him. On their way to find her son, she and Rose stumble across a fanatic woman who delivers him a copy of the kill list, while Baxter discovers the lawyer's son in her car. The son is reluctant to speak about his experiences at first, until Rose sometime later decides to tell him a story about his mother. Edmunds shares her concerns about Rose with Baxter, who tries to speak to him, but he is vague in his responses. More victims' body parts are identified on the sewn body, while Baxter orders her team to secure the next victim, Eric Turner, who was the guard who tackled Rose at Mark Hooper's trial. Turner doesn't cooperate with Baxter and decides to continue with his job to deliver high risk prisoners. Baxter and Edmunds escort him, and under a bridge, the van swerves and stops after a bomb detonates. A prisoner, Keith Rackman, whom Rose spoke to for his own investigation, attempts to escape, but is knocked out. Turner opens a bag containing a venomous snake, which ends up killing him. Following an accident at a civil war reenactment, a mysterious man is seen take a severed hand to study for himself.
4"Episode 4"Niall MacCormickStory by : Freddy Syborn and Florence Keith-RoachDecember 2, 2021 (2021-12-02)
Edmunds recovers in hospital after receiving a neck injury, where she also meets her ex-girlfriend Hannah, whom she listed as her closest contact in the hospital information. Baxter is furious with her for not looking after Turner, but doesn't blame her for his death. Baxter and Rose hatch out a plan to save the killer's next victim, judge Matthew Wingate. The investigation also determines that the killer utilised deepfake voices over the phone. Rose and Baxter plan to stage Wingate's death for the media to see, and trick the killer into believing that he's being moved to a safe house. However, the killer is a step ahead of them, having mounted a small camera on Wingate's dog to survey his house. The day of the event, the killer replaces the fake blood with acid and knocks kills a guarding police officer in the process, having also lured Baxter and Rose away from the house with deepfake voices on their respective phones. Wingate dies from the acid, and Baxter takes the fall despite Rose being willing to do it. The killer later calls him, and Rose notes information from a train station PA and recites his description as learned from a friend of Adam Malik, Teresa Shepton's boyfriend.
5"Episode 5"Niall MacCormickFreddy Syborn and Kara SmithDecember 9, 2021 (2021-12-09)
Rose rushes to the station where the killer supposedly recently was, only to find it empty and unaware that Edmunds is tracking him. However, he discovers her tracker later on and decides to use her letter form Hannah as leverage. Baxter focuses the investigation on the next victim, Andrew Daly, whom the police finds hard to identify among a pool of many people sharing the same name. She and Finlay chase a lead to Markfield prison, where a break in occurred just prior to Joel Shepton's death. They learn Shepton's connection to Rose and his subsequent investigation into Theresa Shepton's death, also including Keith Rackman. Edmunds deduces that "Andrew Daly" is in fact an anagram of Andrea Wylde, a journalist whom Rose had a relationship with. The police storm her residence, only to find her dead with an old witch dagger over her head and a bloodied Rose beside her. Rose comes clean to Baxter about what he has been doing, including his attempted suicide and investigation into Theresa Shepton's death. Baxter decides to arrest him, but he manages to escape with a reluctant Edmunds' help. The blood on Wingate's dog's collar identifies the killer as Thomas Massey. Edmunds decides to go and question his wife, who was Wylde's makeup artist, where Thomas' subdues her.
6"Episode 6"Niall MacCormickFreddy SybornDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)
Massey ties Edmunds up with makeshift sex dungeon. Baxter dispatches nearby officers to investigate the Massey address, but they find no sign of Edmunds. Baxter and Finlay investigate for themselves and encounter Massey, who knocks out Finlay before escaping. The police take Joy in for questioning, and the vice commissioner expresses will to sacrifice Rose in order to get Massey. Baxter goes on live television and urges people to contact the police if they spot Rose. Shortly after, she is subdued by Massey. Rose arrives and Baxter asks him to handcuff himself, while Massey orders her to inhale fluid. Rose attempts to kill himself in order to prevent Massey from killing Baxter. Rose and Baxter manage to stop Massey, but he escapes again. Massey attempts to escape the country, but Joy pushes him over a walkway bridge. Three months later, Edmunds' former boss contacts her about Naomi Green's case, hinting that Rose gave him her letter. Meanwhile, Rose is still a wanted man, now seeking refuge in Hamburg, Germany.

Production

Development

In February 2021, it was announced AMC and Alibi would co-produce a thriller series based upon the novel Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. Freddy Syborn would adapt the series and serve as an executive producer. Production companies involved with the series include Sid Gentle Films and AMC Studios, with BBC Studios distributing worldwide.[2] The series premiered on November 11, 2021, on AMC+ in the United States.[3]

Casting

In March 2021, Lucy Hale joined the cast of the series in a starring role.[4] In April 2021, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Thalissa Teixeira joined the cast of the series in starring roles.[5]

Filming

Principal photography began in London in May 2021.[6]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 7.9/10, based on 10 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Ragdoll avoids feeling like yet another serial killer caper sewn together from better thrillers, thanks in part to its dry humor and killer cast chemistry."[7] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 65 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

Daniel Fienberg, of The Hollywood Reporter, called the series a "metaphor" rather than a TV show, saying that "[it] has enough unnerving moments to satisfy impressionable devotees of the genre."[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Shows A-Z – Ragdoll on AMC+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  2. ^ White, Peter (February 18, 2021). "AMC & UKTV's Alibi Order Crime Drama 'Ragdoll' From 'Killing Eve' Producer Sid Gentle Films & Freddy Syborn". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 17, 2021). "AMC Networks Sets Fall Premiere Dates For 'Doctor Who', 'Ragdoll', 'Ultra City Smiths' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (March 12, 2021). "'Lucy Hale To Star In AMC Crime Drama Series 'Ragdoll'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 19, 2021). "'Ragdoll': Henry Lloyd-Hughes & Thalissa Teixeira Join Lucy Hale In AMC Crime Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  6. ^ Yossman, K.J. (May 28, 2021). "Lucy Hale's 'Ragdoll' Series For AMC, Alibi Starts Production in U.K. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ragdoll: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "Ragdoll: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  9. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (November 10, 2021). "AMC+'s 'Ragdoll': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 11, 2021.