My “robust recommendation”, should you’re watching Someplace Boy, is to “give it an opportunity”, mentioned Rachel Cooke in The New Statesman. To get hooked on Channel 4’s “formidable” new drama, you’ll want a few episodes at the very least; nevertheless it’s price sticking with.
Lewis Gribben stars as Danny, an 18-year-old who has been stored prisoner in a distant home within the English countryside by his widowed father Steve (Rory Keenan), “his solely entertainments indoor golf and previous black and white motion pictures”.
His father has advised him that the world outdoors is teeming with monsters; however when Steve dies, Danny is taken in by his aunt, and has to start out adapting to the world. It’s “a fairy story for our occasions”, half Brothers Grimm and half Dennis Potter. The script is “refined and intelligent”, the performing glorious.
This “quietly sensible” present restored my religion in our means to make respectable tv, mentioned Camilla Lengthy in The Sunday Occasions. It’s not excellent: “there are a selection of improbabilities, and a few viewers might discover it sluggish”. But it surely takes an interesting story and spins “an internet of modest magic”. It’s “completely forged”, too: for as soon as, it hasn’t been constructed round “some sensational large title”, and the actors simply “disappear into the roles”.
With episodes working to simply 20 minutes, and a “jaunty, virtually retro fashion”, Someplace Boy is a refreshingly un-traumatic tackle the “hackneyed home confinement style”, as seen in Room or Stockholm, Pennsylvania, mentioned Nick Hilton in The Unbiased. It’s, in reality, “a captivating paean to the indomitable human spirit”.