^That comment about about Gatehouse is even more amusing given Gatehouse's comment that "People don't become villains to stroke a white cat."
Pensions? It was all about pensions? How utterly brilliant, and utterly British and, for me at least, it completely worked. I was majorly depressed at the end though. I guess I knew both Joseph and Gabriel were tragic characters doomed to die, but I had hoped Bede at least would escape his fate. Interesting 'counterpoint' between the two men. One wouldn't walk away and one of them wasn't allowed to walk away--who knew Jay was a criminal mastermind! Have to say I see Gatehouse struggling to keep him in check.
Rhea was simply brilliant throughout, but for me the acting props go to Eccleston who's entire portrayal was quiet, subtle and mesmerising. Interesting that probably the most noble character in the show was a villain.
I knew Honey was going to shoot Gabriel from the moment we saw her target shooting. At least she didn't look happy about it all. And a nice little scene with Patterson and Laura at the end (could have done without the silly salute and all) and the point that she isn't happy but she won't turn down Gabriel's pension/insurance money was very telling.
The show has flaws, blick left too many answers to the last episode, and so we got maybe a bit too much exposition (especially from Commander Penny on the boat, no kettle takes that long to boil).
It'd be nice to see more of Gatehouse, but its hard to see where you could ever go with a sequel (unless it focused on customs bloke) I will definitely keep my eye out for what Hugo Blick does next (and look for what he's done previously!)
I agree with all of this, though I didn't see that final twist coming at all. Then again, I relied on the Guardian's excellent liveblog to keep up with a lot of it some weeks!
I demand a Gatehouse spin-off. Rea was simply fantastic, though I agree Eccleston made a late grab for best actor in this. I was sad to see him give up like that. Didn't really care what happened to Gabriel
Perhaps a sequel set twenty years later where Gabriel's son goes all Gatehouse on Gatehouse and co. I'd watch!