20 February 2015.
DCI Josa Jilani is a vividly-drawn character: young, determined, resourceful, outspoken and suddenly thrust into prominence as a token woman Muslim policewoman who knows that her superiors are just waiting for her to fail. She’s helped by the mysterious Daniel Blake, former police helper who carries a burden of guilt for the death of his best friend – the relationship between them is convincingly and enjoyably worked out. The London background comes across well, particularly the South Bank and BFI scenes. There’s a good double twist at the end, and the perp is fairly clued, yet still a surprise. All in all, an astonishingly assured and satisfying debut.