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Last night the gripping ITV drama The Secret with James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reily came to an end, and what a finale it was.

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The episode begins with Colin (James Nesbitt) and his second wife reeling after the death of their son in a tragic accident, something which Colin believes God did in order to punish him for his murderous sin. His wife is left devastated at Colin’s revelation and the overall feel of the scene is very disturbing and eerie, especially with the heavily religious aspect.

Then, in an unexpected turn on events, Colin admits to sexually assaulting his female patients whilst they were under sedation, that he has lost everything after getting himself into so much debt and then he finally admits to killing both Lesley and Trevor with Hazel’s help, after nearly 20 years of getting away with their murders.

After Colin confesses his sins, the police shortly go to arrest Hazel in her home for the double murder. But when questioned by the police, Hazel protests her innocence, claiming it was all Colin’s idea and that he controlled her into killing her husband.

The emotions throughout the episode are extremely tense and gut-wrenching, going from one extreme to another. James Nesbitt (Howell) portrays a very cold demeanour, showing rarely no signs of emotions, whilst Genevieve O’Reily (Buchanan) gives an exceptionally emotional performance, really emphasizing the emotional contrast between these two people.

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Although the episode isn’t as dark and thrilling as previous episodes, it is extremely tense and you don’t want to take your eyes off the screen for a second as the truth behind the chilling murder story finally comes to light. As the episode comes to an end, Colin is arrested for the murders and speaks out in court about his reasoning behind the murders and Hazel’s involvement, a scene which is extremely gripping and utterly disturbing as Colin casually confesses his sin to a room full of people, with no remorse for what he has done.

The final scene then revolves around Hazel and the moment she was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of Lesley and Trevor. Again Genevieve O’Reily delivers another brilliantly convincing performance as she is faced with the prospect of spending the rest of her life in prison, the true horror of actions finally coming to haunt her. Overall, the series was done extremely well, the writing was excellent throughout and the acting was outstanding, James Nesbitt giving a particularly incredible performance in his role. It is definitely worth catching up on if you haven’t seen it yet.

3.5/5

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