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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Ripley likes hookers. Natalie fell in love with a man was attentive to her.

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[[caption-width-right:350:David Morrissey as Ripley Holden]]


%%* YourCheatingHeart


A murder is committed in a Blackpool games arcade, and the resulting investigation will tear apart the lives of everyone involved -- Ripley Holden (David Morrissey), the bullying, luck-obsessed arcade owner; his shy, insecure trophy wife Natalie (Sarah Parish); the manipulative but charming and sweet-natured investigating detective Peter Carlisle (Creator/DavidTennant), and Ripley and Natalie's children, the self-destructive and awkward Danny (Thomas Morrison) and spoilt daddy's girl Shyanne (Georgia Taylor). Ripley finds his life gradually self-destructing under the pressure of the investigation, his failing plans to transform Blackpool into a Las Vegas-style gambling mecca, and his daughter's fiance, an old face from his past whose renewed presence in his life awakens long-forgotten demons, whilst his nemesis Carlisle, who has taken an instant dislike to Ripley, finds his plans to secure Ripley's guilt in the murder scuttled when he finds himself falling desperately in love with Natalie.

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A murder is committed in a Blackpool games arcade, and the resulting investigation will tear apart the lives of everyone involved -- Ripley Holden (David Morrissey), (Creator/DavidMorrissey), the bullying, luck-obsessed arcade owner; his shy, insecure trophy wife Natalie (Sarah Parish); the manipulative but charming and sweet-natured investigating detective Peter Carlisle (Creator/DavidTennant), and Ripley and Natalie's children, the self-destructive and awkward Danny (Thomas Morrison) and spoilt daddy's girl Shyanne (Georgia Taylor). Ripley finds his life gradually self-destructing under the pressure of the investigation, his failing plans to transform Blackpool into a Las Vegas-style gambling mecca, and his daughter's fiance, an old face from his past whose renewed presence in his life awakens long-forgotten demons, whilst his nemesis Carlisle, who has taken an instant dislike to Ripley, finds his plans to secure Ripley's guilt in the murder scuttled when he finds himself falling desperately in love with Natalie.



Hugh Jackman made an American version in 2007 called ''Viva Laughlin'' that was [[ShortRunners canceled after two episodes.]]

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Hugh Jackman Creator/HughJackman made an American version in 2007 called ''Viva Laughlin'' that was [[ShortRunners canceled after two episodes.]]


%%* AccidentalMurder
%%* AntiHero
* AssholeVictim: The guy was cheating while gambling and on his fiancee. He also liked to fight men and hit women.

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%%* AccidentalMurder
%%* AntiHero
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: The crime turns out to be this. Danny merely intervened when the victim was beating up a prostitute and hit him, which resulted in his death.]]
* AntiHero: Both Ripley and Carlisle:
** Ripley initially seems like an unrepentant, corrupt asshole, but he genuinely loves his family and community and most of what he does is for their benefit. [[spoiler: He's also entirely innocent of the violent crimes of which he is accused, though certainly not innocent overall.]]
** Carlisle is charming and likeable, and nominally on the side of the law, although he becomes increasingly fixated on and comfortable with setting up Ripley the deeper he falls in love with Natalie.
* AssholeVictim: The guy murder victim was cheating while gambling and on his fiancee.fiancee while on his stag weekend, and also liked to gamble. He also liked to fight men and hit women. [[spoiler: He was beating up a prostitute when Danny intervened and accidentally killed him.]]



%%* DarkAndTroubledPast

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%%* DarkAndTroubledPast* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Ripley and Carlisle possess one of these; Ripley's involves an abusive religious fundamentalist family and suicide attempts, while Carlisle is implied to have had a wild and anti-social childhood before joining the police gave him some structure and purpose in his life.


%%* AssholeVictim

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%%* AssholeVictim* AssholeVictim: The guy was cheating while gambling and on his fiancee. He also liked to fight men and hit women.



%%* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery

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%%* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Ripley likes hookers. Natalie fell in love with a man was attentive to her.



%%* IKissYourFoot

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%%* IKissYourFoot* IKissYourFoot: Carlisle does this to Natalie on a date. The gesture would seem more romantic if someone didn't put nearly everything in his mouth.


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%%* ParentalMarriageVeto* ParentalMarriageVeto: Ripley does not like the fact that his daughter is in love with a schoolmate of his.


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* VisualPun: In the beginning of the second episode, Natalie sings "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" while folding some towels.


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* InspectorJavert: Carlisle becomes increasingly more desperate to prove that Ripley is guilty as the series progresses, even though he is innocent. [[spoiler:In the end, Ripley points out that any evidence he provides is now inadmissible, as a result of him sleeping with the suspect's wife.]]

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* DefectiveDetective: Carlisle is big eater and a slob with discipline issues. In something of a deconstruction, he [[spoiler:isn't even a very good detective -- he spends the entire series pursuing the wrong man, and never does figure out who really did it]].


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* TakingTheHeat: Danny goes to the police and confesses to the murder, but they don't take long to figure out that he's only confessing to protect his father and let him go with a warning about wasting police time. At the end, after Ripley [[spoiler:learns that Danny really ''did'' kill the victim, by accident, he takes the heat himself by choosing to let Carlisle go on thinking he did it]].


%%* BadassLongCoat: Carlisle's outfit of choice.



%%* DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler: The "I Second That Emotion" sequence.]]

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%%* * DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler: The An entire musical number, in which [[spoiler:Carlisle and Natalie have sexy fun times to the tune of "I Second That Emotion" sequence.]]Emotion"]], is revealed to be happening entirely in his head.



%%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy

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%%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Ripley decides not to obstruct Natalie's relationship with Carlisle in the end, for this reason]].



%%* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Carlisle]] has a mild case of this.

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%%* * LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Carlisle]] [[spoiler:Carlisle has a mild case of this.this; falling in love with Natalie just makes him more determined to do whatever it takes to bring down her husband.]]



%%* MayDecemberRomance



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This show provides examples of:
* AccidentalMurder
* AntiHero
* AssholeVictim
* BadassLongCoat: Carlisle's outfit of choice.
* BathtubBonding
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Particularly Ripley.

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This !!This show provides examples of:
* %%* AccidentalMurder
* %%* AntiHero
* %%* AssholeVictim
* %%* BadassLongCoat: Carlisle's outfit of choice.
* %%* BathtubBonding
* %%* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Particularly Ripley.



* CarpetOfVirility: Ripley Holden.
* ComingOutStory: [[spoiler: Danny]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler: The "I Second That Emotion" sequence.]]
* DrivenToSuicide
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FaceHeelTurn
* FairCop: I think most David Tennant fangirls would agree.

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* %%* CarpetOfVirility: Ripley Holden.
* %%* ComingOutStory: [[spoiler: Danny]]
* %%* DarkAndTroubledPast
* %%* DaydreamSurprise: [[spoiler: The "I Second That Emotion" sequence.]]
* %%* DrivenToSuicide
* %%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* %%* FaceHeelTurn
* %%* FairCop: I think most David Tennant fangirls would agree.



* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery

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* %%* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold

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* %%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold



* IKissYourFoot
* InsuranceFraud
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* JerkAss: Ripley Holden. And how.
* LoveTriangle
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Carlisle]] has a mild case of this.
* ManipulativeBastard: Carlisle, although he's an unusually sweet-natured example.
* MayDecemberRomance
* ModestyBedsheet
* MoralGuardians: Hallworth.
* MusicalEpisode: Every single one.

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* %%* IKissYourFoot
* %%* InsuranceFraud
* %%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* %%* JerkAss: Ripley Holden. And how.
* %%* LoveTriangle
* %%* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Carlisle]] has a mild case of this.
* %%* ManipulativeBastard: Carlisle, although he's an unusually sweet-natured example.
* %%* MayDecemberRomance
* %%* ModestyBedsheet
* %%* MoralGuardians: Hallworth.
* %%* MusicalEpisode: Every single one.



* ParentalMarriageVeto
* PuppyDogEyes: Carlisle has these at a few points.
* RightThroughHisPants: Averted. Many David Tennant fangirls squealed.
* ShirtlessScene: David Tennant gets quite a few of these.

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* %%* ParentalMarriageVeto
* %%* PuppyDogEyes: Carlisle has these at a few points.
* %%* RightThroughHisPants: Averted. Many David Tennant fangirls squealed.
* %%* ShirtlessScene: David Tennant gets quite a few of these.



* SympatheticAdulterer: Natalie. Ripley, on the other hand, not so much.
* WasItAllALie
* WeddingDay
* WithDueRespect: Blythe to Carlisle on a few occasions.
* YourCheatingHeart

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* %%* SympatheticAdulterer: Natalie. Ripley, on the other hand, not so much.
* %%* WasItAllALie
* %%* WeddingDay
* %%* WithDueRespect: Blythe to Carlisle on a few occasions.
* %%* YourCheatingHeart


* NiceGuy: D.C. Blythe. Possibly the only one this show has. And even he's a little bit of a dick.
** [[spoiler:Steve comes out of it all right too (a lot of people were expecting him to be the murderer, or at least to be using Shyanne to get back at Ripley, but no).]]


* BigEater: D.I. Carlisle
** [[spoiler:Unless he's heartbroken at the time.]] The look of absolute shock on D.C. Blythe's face when Carlisle refuses a doughnut says it all.

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* BigEater: D.I. Carlisle
** [[spoiler:Unless he's
Carlisle, unless [[spoiler:he's heartbroken at the time.]] The look of absolute shock on D.C. Blythe's face when Carlisle refuses a doughnut says it all.



** [[spoiler: [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Then again]], he's innocent of the crimes people think he's done and genuinely loves his family.]]

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