James Walton

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1’s Roadkill reviewed

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Hugh Laurie attempting to imbue prime minister Peter Laurence with some charm in David Hare's Roadkill. Image: BBC / The Forge / Robert Viglasky / Matt Burlem

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a bank of clicking cameras and bellowing journalists. In this case, the politician was Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie), the Tory minister for transport, who’d just won a libel case against a newspaper that had accused him of using his cabinet position for personal profit.

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