Guilt. Image shows from L to R: Jake McCall (Jamie Sives), Max McCall (Mark Bonnar). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions
Guilt

Guilt

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Scotland
  • 2019 - 2023
  • 12 episodes (3 series)

Comedy drama starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives as two men who commit a hit and run murder. Also features Ruth Bradley, Sian Brooke, Emun Elliott, Michael Nardone, Ellie Haddington and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Guilt. Image shows from L to R: Jake McCall (Jamie Sives), Max McCall (Mark Bonnar)
In a residential street in Edinburgh, two disparate brothers, high flying lawyer Max and Jake a record shop owner accidentally run down an old man, Walter, on their way home from a wedding. Uninsured and under the influence, Jake is persuaded by Max to cover up their deathly deed.

Further details

In a residential street in Edinburgh, two disparate brothers, high flying lawyer Max and Jake, a record shop owner, accidentally run down an old man, Walter, on their way home from a wedding. Uninsured and under the influence, Jake is persuaded by Max to cover up their deathly deed.

However, their hopes that the death will be passed off as natural causes are dashed when neighbours and relatives begin to suspect Walter's death wasn't as innocent as it seems. The brothers find their lives rapidly falling apart as their actions begin to catch up with them.

Their increasingly desperate attempts to conceal their guilt leads them further into a world where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and they discover they can trust no-one - including each other.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 24th October 2019
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Scotland
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 30th October 2019 9:00pm BBC2
Saturday 15th February 2020 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Friday 8th October 2021 9:00pm BBC Scotland
Sunday 7th November 2021 12:25am BBC4
Monday 6th December 2021 1:35am BBC4
Tuesday 4th January 2022 10:00pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Cast
Mark Bonnar Max McCall
Jamie Sives Jake McCall
Ruth Bradley Angie Curtis
Sian Brooke Claire McCall
Emun Elliott Kenny Burns
Michael Nardone Henry McKinnon
Ellie Haddington Sheila Gemmell
Moyo Akande Tina Hicks
Gordon Brown Maurice
Guest cast
Joe Donnelly Walter
Natali McCleary Spin Instructor
Writing team
Neil Forsyth Writer
Production team
Robert McKillop Director
Jules Hussey Producer
Neil Webster Executive Producer
Kirstie Macdonald Executive Producer
Gavin Smith Executive Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Neil Forsyth Executive Producer
Wendy Griffin Line Producer
Nikki McChristie Editor
Tom Sayer Production Designer
Caroline Stewart Casting Director
Nanu Segal Director of Photography
Lesley Abernethy Costume Designer
Laura Hill Make-up Designer
Arthur Sharpe Composer
Anna Toffolo Graphics
Craig Wright Graphics
Graham Drover 1st Assistant Director

Press

Guilt: bonny murder thriller with surreal twists

Guilt (BBC2), starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives as two Edinburgh brothers who can't bear the sight of each other, is a murder thriller that might have escaped from the imagination of Billy Connolly. Convoluted, paranoid and hypnotic, it was also mordantly funny.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 31st October 2019

Guilt, BBC Two review

Neil Forsyth stylish drama gathers conviction and momentum after a slow start.

Markie Robson-Scott, The Arts Desk, 30th October 2019

Guilt, review

The writing was sharp, bleak, and of-the-moment.

Barbara Speed, i Newspaper, 30th October 2019

Guilt: A fabulously funny black comedy

In this moral satire, two Scottish brothers discover the perfect victim. Can they get away scot-free?

Peter Crawley, The Irish Times, 30th October 2019

Guilt, episode 1 review

This witty, gritty new thriller is no guilty pleasure.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 30th October 2019

Two estranged brothers take on the guilt in question following a drink driving hit-and-run that leaves an old man dead in this new drama from writer Neil Forsyth. The ensuing coverup pushes the brothers deeper and deeper into compromising territory. A heart-thumping watch. (This will be shown on BBC Two in the rest of the UK on 30 October.)

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 24th October 2019

Guilt, BBC Scotland/BBC2: meeting writer and cast

The channel's first scripted commission is a darkly comic tale of two brothers involved in a hit-and-run. Vicki Power meets writer Neil Forsyth and the cast.

Vicki Power, Broadcast, 23rd October 2019

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