Holding On

Holding OnBack in 1997 I remember watching the first episode of Holding On on BBC One. It’s only taken me 10 years to watch episodes 2 – 8.

Following the tangled lives of a group of Londoners over the period of around a year or so – moving from one scene to the next can move the plot on 5 minutes or 5 weeks and it’s never entirely clear which one is which – Tony Marchant’s series is both engaging and infuriating at the same time.

While the performances can’t be faulted, with the brilliant David Morrissey on top form and Phil Daniels making a meal out of every scene he’s in, the sheer length of time it takes to get to the end of the series can seem a bit of a slog.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the experience. Watching the plot(s) unfold and trying to work out how everything connects together is a rewarding, and being able to view the episodes back-to-back does help you reach that stunning conclusion that bit faster.

A fine series that I wish I’d stuck with back in ’97.

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