True Love Finale: David Morrissey & Gemma Chan shine but the whole thing was just too disappointingly short!

by Matt D

It’s fair to say that True Love has had one mightily impressive cast for a series of semi-improvised stories however there is one man that no ensemble TV drama should be without… that being the wonderful David Morrissey. Luckily Morrissey is the star of the final episode in which he plays lonely taxi driver Adrian who spends most of his time looking after his daughter Karen, who in turn was having it off with her teacher (Billie Piper) in episode three, so he turns to online dating sites to find a potential match. After several montages show him scrolling across various screens he finally meets Kathy, a British national living in Hong Kong with whom he has a sudden connection as they talk on the phone before deciding that she should come to visit. Of course his decision comes under fire from both his work colleague and Karen who is ashamed of her father, thinking that he is essentially paying for sex.

Unfortunately for Adrian he’s a character of True Love so his happiness doesn’t come without a price and in his case he has to deal with the infatuation of Karen’s friend Lorraine. For those who are paying attention Lorraine, played by Jo Woodcock, popped up in episode three alongside Karen but as well she was the daughter of David Tennant’s Nick, way back in episode one. Though from watching that episode it didn’t seem like she was devoid of parental attention she seems to latch onto Adrian telling him her thoughts about her favourite parts of Margate and how she doesn’t want to leave. In her eyes a smile from David Morrissey means that he wants more with her but I did struggle to feel sorry for Adrian after he let Lorraine in when Karen wasn’t at home, which inevitably led to her coming on to him, something she tries again when she spies him at work while she’s drunk. When Karen arrives she and David don’t to a lot of talking instead spending a lot of time having sex, very slowly, until inevitably Lorraine bursts in and accuses him of taking advantage of her.

It’s a shame that ‘Adrian’ is the final episode of True Love as I have to say that personally I found it the weakest of the five stories. The short running time has been an issue throughout the week however I really felt it in this episode as there was far too much plot crammed into 25 minutes to really connect with anything that was going on. I personally would’ve liked to have seen a few more scenes between Kathy and Adrian, including maybe one where she met Karen, before Lorraine came on the scene with her false allegations. I also really didn’t buy the fact that Lorraine would become completely obsessed with Adrian to the point of trying to ruin his relationship as well as his reputation. I wasn’t a fan of Jo Woodcock’s performance here for me it was a bit too much I feel that she took what should’ve been an infatuated schoolgirl and turned her into a major bunny boiler which for me spoilt the overall tone of the show. The inter-connected nature of the series had started to give me a headache by this point as I was trying to work out if Lorraine’s badgering of Adrian came after her fallout with Karen due to her revelation of the affair with Holly.

On the plus side David Morrissey was on reliable form as ever and he made Adrian the most likeable of the three central male characters featured on True Love. There is a reason that Morrissey is always in ensemble dramas and that’s because he can make you interested in any scene he’s in, even if it’s just trying to find love on the internet. From the little time we got to know him Adrian came across as a thoroughly decent bloke who didn’t want to hurt anyone but it was his kind nature that ultimately went to cause him problems. Though he had chemistry with Gemma Chan’s Karen I don’t think there were nearly enough scenes of them together for us to really connect with them as a couple. In terms of my biggest criticisms throughout the series, the music and the over-abundance of scenes featuring characters staring at the sea, neither of them bothered me much here however I thought the George Michael tunes used were a little cheesy given the nature of the episode.

Overall a series I’ve really enjoyed True Love, especially the episodes featuring Billie Piper and Jane Horrocks, and after a while I became accustomed to the improvisational nature of the show but that might just be due to the skills of the cast in the latter episodes. It’s just a shame that the series ended on such a sour note in an episode which, despite a terrific lead performance, suffered from a lack of time devoted to the amount of story in it.

What have you thought of True Love? Did you like this final episode more than I did?