Shootings, showdowns and a shock switch from Holby Common. Right here’s your part debrief on the second episode, titled Iceberg …

No smoke with out fireplace

These titular lights flashed as constables Annie (Katherine Devlin) and Shane (Frank Blake) had been known as to a home fireplace on the Mount Eden property. With the emergency companies nonetheless en route and other people trapped inside, the duo braved the blaze themselves. Battling smoke inhalation and a secondary explosion, they heroically led a mom and son to security.

A suspected improper ‘un … Shane Bradley (Frank Blake). {Photograph}: Christopher Barr/BBC/Two Cities Tv

It was considered one of a number of properties utilized by gangster Jim “Dixie” Dixon (Chris Corrigan). The assault had been meant for him – tellingly, the petrol bomber appeared to have let themself in by means of the locked entrance door – however Dixie wasn’t house. Nonetheless, it had one of many desired results. Assuming it was the work of arch-rival Davy Hamill (Tony Flynn), Dixie had his tattooed neo-Nazi enforcer Keith (Adam Greatest) concern a brutal reprisal beating to Hamill’s teenage son. After a breathless foot chase (“Run, Forrest, run!”) and a meaty left hook from Tommy (Nathan Braniff) – “Alright there, Carl Frampton?” known as a passing boxing fan – Keith was arrested, leaving Dixie with out his fundamental muscle. The crime lord abruptly appeared susceptible.

‘Been on the self-help books once more?’

On high … Tina (Abigail McGibbon). {Photograph}: Christopher Barr/BBC/Two Cities Tv

Because the gangland rivalry escalated right into a full-blown loyalist feud, it was precisely what enigmatic publican Lee Thompson (Séamus O’Hara) needed. With Mount Eden threatening to change into a conflict zone, he spoke about feeling secure and reversing societal breakdown. Thompson’s motives stay ambiguous. Does he wish to nobly clear up the streets or make an influence seize? It appeared the second choice when he met drug trafficker Tina McIntyre (Abigail McGibbon) on the Titanic Belfast museum (therefore the episode title) to argue that an alliance can be higher for enterprise than the previous guard.

As he led an unauthorised march by means of the property in reminiscence of ex-army comrade Soupy, it provoked native gangs and regulation enforcement. A tense standoff ensued, expertly defused by Sgt Sandra Cliff (Andi Osho). The torched home and the march stunt had efficiently stirred up Thompson’s desired chaos. Nevertheless, his 12-year-old nephew Henry (Alfie Lawless) looks like a plot level ready to occur. What odds Henry’s life might be threatened because the collection progresses?

Enter Charlie Fairhead from Casualty

Idealistic ex-cop Jen Robinson (Hannah McClean) continued her inquiries into the unsolved 1978 chip store bombing by which six folks had been killed. There had been rumours of a cover-up and a intentionally botched investigation involving retired RUC ­particular department officer Robin Graham (Derek Thompson in his first post-Casualty position, utilizing his native accent on-screen for the primary time in many years).

When trainee solicitor Jen approached him in regards to the historic case, he refused to speak. Stubbly, shifty Graham stated: “We have to depart the previous alone.” She left a observe saying “Simpler stated than completed”, plus her title and quantity. There are likely darkish secrets and techniques to uncover. Will they intersect with the principle storyline?

All work and a few play

‘Nowhere is secure for you now’ … Dixie (Chris Corrigan) and his gang. {Photograph}: Christopher Barr/BBC/Two Cities Tv

Repeatedly, it was emphasised how authorities cuts had made frontline policing an unimaginable job. There weren’t sufficient accessible cells to justify arrests. Backup was nonexistent. Part skipper Sandra was compelled out on patrol to keep up numbers. Neighbourhood groups had been axed, that means the most suitable choice for Mount Eden knowhow was the return of David “Jonty” Johnston (Jonathan Harden) – ousted in shame final collection for covertly collaborating with MI5 and an extramarital affair together with his junior, Jen.

But amid all of the crime and cuts, office romance was within the air at Blackthorn cop store. Tommy met Aisling (Dearbháile McKinney) from Derry for a roadside brunch. Regardless of him coming over like a Gen-Z cliche (avocado on toast and a decaf flat white, yeah?), their tentative flirtation felt promising. Annie’s strategy was moderately extra direct. When Shane instructed a post-work pint, she wasted no time in downing flaming sambucas and snogging him. Hope she doesn’t come to remorse this. The brand new sheriff on the town whiffs more and more like a improper ’un. Do he and smarmy intelligence officer DS Murray Canning (Desmond Eastwood) have a shady agenda? Each appeared somewhat too pally with Dixie’s gang.

Ousted in shame … Jonty (Jonathan Harden) and Helen (Joanne Crawford). {Photograph}: Christopher Barr/BBC/Two Cities Tv

It was much less rosy within the backyard for Grace (Siân Brooke) and Stevie (Martin McCann). When Dixie resisted a stop-and-search, Stevie broke his promise by overreacting. As we all know, Grace doesn’t want defending. It was nothing an apology, a chocolate chip cookie and a pork stomach sausage roll with chilli jam couldn’t repair, however absolutely the unrequited lovebirds can’t proceed working in tandem?

‘Shut your eyes, it’s simpler’

When Dixie stormed into The Loyal Pub, Lee calmly slid his home keys alongside the bar. He made it chillingly clear that the hearth was his doing and warned: “Nowhere is secure for you now.” Significantly spooked, Dixie fled house, bolted the doorways and breathed a sigh of aid, just for gunman Craig (Craig McGinlay) to emerge from the shadows and homicide him. A double-tap to the pinnacle pointed to Craig’s army coaching. Police will presume Hamill ordered the hit, leaving a spot on the high of the gangland hierarchy. We all know simply the person to fill it. “Transfer or die”, certainly.

Blue Lights lingo decoded

Shane and Annie eliminated their “flackers” (flak jackets) and obtained “checked out by the FMO” (Forensic Medical Officer). Policing the march known as for “TSGs” (Tactical Assist Teams).

Squad automotive soundtrack

We opened with My Identify Is Carnival by 60s folks hero Jackson C Frank. The true-life marching flute band was Delight of Ballinran. The pub band was cult County Down two-piece Discobeard.

Line of the week

Type out your situationship! … Stevie (Martin McCann) and Grace (Siân Brooke). {Photograph}: Christopher Barr/BBC/Two Cities Tv

“He’s into her and informed her a yr in the past. She’s clearly into him however thinks doing one thing about it might be mistake. The compromise is that they spend 10 hours a day collectively in a automotive. Messy.” – Annie summarises Grace and Stevie’s situationship.

In our police notebooks

  • It’s a veritable Line of Responsibility reunion down at Blackthorn station. Andrea Irvine (AKA CSI Nicola Robinson) was Ted Hastings’ spouse Roisin, Joanne Crawford (AKA Inspector Helen McNally) was Patrick Fairbank’s solicitor and Andi Osho (AKA Sandra) was murdered journalist Gail Vella. Mom of God and the wee donkey.

  • “Cease being so aggressive together with your opening,” Mags warned Henry throughout a recreation of chess. Is his uncle Lee responsible of the identical?

Rejoin us subsequent Monday for one more arrest report. Within the meantime, straightforward peelers, please share your spoiler-free ideas and theories under …

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