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Last night on ITV1 the third episode of The Secret starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reily as killer couple Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan hit ours screens, and it just keeps getting better and better.

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The episode begins with Colin and Hazel having seemingly got away with murder as the police appear to be closing in on them, but have no solid evidence against the couple. It then transpires through the coroner’s rule that the cause of their spouse’s death was suicide.

Though, the real horror of the story lies within the scenes where Hazel and Colin carry on their lives as the picture perfect happy family, despite the horrible crime they committed. The emotions that underlie in these scenes are very haunting, leaving you with a gut-wrenching feeling as you watch these two heartless killers live their ‘perfect’ lives.

Then, the episode takes a much, much darker turn as you get a glimpse into the real relationship between Colin and Hazel, through a couple of disturbing sexual scenes, which are very hard and slightly uncomfortable to watch, but reveal the real monster of Colin’s character and how truly twisted he really is.

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James Nesbitt’s performance is again, absolutely outstanding, growing stronger with the series. His performance as the murderous Colin Howell is utterly convincing, to the point where you actually get a sickly, unnerving feeling in the pit of your stomach from how sadistic and disturbingly twisted he really is.

The episode then fast forwards several years to 1998, depicting Colin’s new family life, with a new wife and baby. And the next scene then showing Hazel having moved on with a new husband and family life. There is then another time-hop, where Hazel comes face to face with Colin in 2011, but nothing interest between them really happens, other than Hazel being seriously creeped out, which is no surprise.

Overall, the third episode of The Secret is the best yet. The premise of the story is spiralling deeper and deeper into a darkness that is, at times hard to watch, but at the same time, keeps you hooked through every scene and leaves you trembling on the edge of your seat.

4/5

Dir: Nick Murphy

Scr: Stuart Urban

Cast: James Nesbitt, Genevieve O’Reily, Katherine Kingsley, Summer Moore, Jason Watkins

Prd: Jonathan Curling

Country: UK

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Year: 2016