Suspicion
Genre
Created byRob Williams
Based onFalse Flag
by Maria Feldman & Amit Cohen
Directed byChris Long
Starring
ComposerGilad Benamram
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Running time44–50 minutes
Production companyKeshet UK
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original release4 February (2022-02-04) –
18 March 2022 (2022-03-18)

Suspicion is a British thriller television miniseries based on the Israeli series False Flag. Set in London and New York City, the series premiered on Apple TV+ on 4 February 2022. It received generally mixed reviews from critics.

Premise

Five people – three men and two women – have their lives turned upside down after being identified by London police as suspects in the kidnapping and subsequent disappearance of American media mogul Katherine Newman's son Leonardo.

Cast

Main

Supporting

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [1]
1"Persons of Interest"Chris Long[1]Rob WilliamsFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
2"Room for Doubt"Chris Long[1]Rob WilliamsFebruary 4, 2022 (2022-02-04)
3"Strangers"Stefan SchwartzTerry CafollaFebruary 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
4"The Devil You Know"Stefan SchwartzMegan GallagherFebruary 18, 2022 (2022-02-18)
5"What Does a Kidnapper Look Like?"Stefan SchwartzNick LeatherFebruary 25, 2022 (2022-02-25)
6"Be the Gray Man"Chris LongTerry CafollaMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
7"Questions of Trust"Chris LongNick LeatherMarch 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
8"Unmasked"Chris LongMegan GallagherMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)

Production

Development

In July 2019, Apple announced the development of an English-language version of award-winning Israeli thriller False Flag, created by Maria Feldman and Amit Cohen, with Keshet International, the distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, the same company behind the original Hebrew-language series.[2] In March 2020, Apple ordered an eight-part series to be produced by Keshet's British production arm, Keshet UK, and directed by Chris Long, with Rob Williams serving as showrunner. Both also executive produced along with Howard Burch, Avi Nir, Anna Winger, Maria Feldman, Amit Cohen and Liat Benasuly.[3]

Casting

Along with the series order in March 2020, Uma Thurman was cast to star in Suspicion, with Kunal Nayyar, Noah Emmerich, Georgina Campbell, Elyes Gabel, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Angel Coulby also joining the cast.[3] In November 2020, it was reported that Tom Rhys Harries had joined the cast.[4]

Filming

As of March 2020, production had reportedly begun in the United Kingdom on Suspicion, but had to be suspended due the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] In September 2020, Apple was reportedly preparing to restart filming in England, with filming confirmed to have started in November 2020 in Brixham.[6][7] Filming also occurred in New York City in May 2021, with several cast members being seen on set in Central Park, Washington Square Park, and the Upper East Side.[8] Season one concluded filming on May 18, 2021.[9]

Release

The eight-part series premiered with two episodes being released on Apple TV+ on Friday, 4 February 2022, with the remaining six episodes airing every Friday thereafter.[10]

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of 24 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.20/10. The website's consensus reads, "While this espionage thriller achieves a genuine atmosphere of paranoia, it is dogged by the Suspicion that star Uma Thurman is being wasted on a shallow mystery."[11]

The Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han writes, "Suspicion is broadly competent, in that the dialogue is serviceable, the performances unobjectionable (though those watching for Thurman should be warned she’s barely in it at all), the narrative easy enough to follow."[12] Barbara Ellen of The Observer said the drama was "undone by erratic drama and nonsensical themes".[13] The Wall Street Journal 's Dorothy Rabinowitz was more complimentary, dubbing it "ambitious".[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z – Suspicion on Apple+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  2. ^ White, Peter (July 30, 2019). "Apple Developing English-Language Remake Of Keshet International's Israeli Thriller 'False Flag'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b White, Peter (March 11, 2020). "Uma Thurman To Headline Apple Drama Series 'Suspicion', Based On Israeli Thriller 'False Flag'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "White Lines' Tom Rhys Harries joins Uma Thurman in new Apple TV+ show Suspicion". Metro. November 9, 2020. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Ravindran, Manori (March 16, 2020). "Keshet Suspends U.K. Filming on Uma Thurman Series 'Suspicion' Over Coronavirus Fears (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Kanter, Jake (September 30, 2020). "Apple Restarts UK Drama Production, As 'Suspicion' & 'Slow Horses' Prepare To Shoot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Smith, Colleen (November 10, 2020). "Covid fears as Apple TV crew lights up harbourside at night". DevonLive. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Steves, Ashley (May 25, 2021). "NYC What's Filming: Apple TV+'s 'Suspicion,' Starring Uma Thurman". Backstage. Retrieved May 25, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Thurman, Uma [@umathurman] (May 18, 2021). "Last day on set for Suspicion. Back to work with joy. Radioman never fails". Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via Instagram.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Nicholas Cannon (January 11, 2022). "'Suspicion': release date, cast, plot and all you need to know about Uma Thurman's new thriller". whattowatch.com. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  11. ^ "Suspicion". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  12. ^ Han, Angie (February 3, 2022). "Apple TV+'s Suspicion: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  13. ^ "The week in TV: Cat Burglar; Suspicion; the Fear Index; We Are Black and British". TheGuardian.com. February 27, 2022.
  14. ^ Rabinowitz, Dorothy (February 3, 2022). "'Suspicion' Review: A TV Show Undergirded with Irony". Wall Street Journal.