The final episode of BBC One crime drama The Responder starring Martin Freeman has finally aired and for those who haven’t yet followed the full series, consider this your spoiler warning.
In just five episodes, viewers were treated to a rollercoaster ride, ranging from breathtakingly intense scenes to impactful emotional moments.
In ex-cop Tony Schumacher’s series, Martin Freeman plays PC Chris Carson – who works night shifts as an emergency response officer – but his mental health has been affected after years of working to the demands of the job.
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Filled with dark humor, edge-of-your-seat moments and heartbreaking scenes, The Responder had it all, so here are our 10 favorite parts of the series:
1. Martin Freeman’s Scouse Accent
Martin has revealed how he had to brush up on his Liverpudlian lingo to play PC Chris Carson in the crime drama series – and viewers were pretty impressed!
Speaking before the series aired, Martin Freeman explained that he had never played a character with a Scouse accent before.
“I was incredibly aware of that when I was reading the script,” Martin explained: “He was reading pure Liverpudlian to me and I knew Tony was from Liverpool. ‘m from Liverpool – not all Merseyside brass are from Merseyside, but I really felt Chris had to be from the city.
“I was really happy when I heard some of the Scouse actors had asked me if I was from Merseyside – it was like I had passed some sort of test. I worked really hard because “There was no way I was ready to go on TV doing a terrible Scouse accent in Liverpool with a load of Liverpudlian actors. There’s just no way. I’d be taken to the cleaners and to rightly.
2. Marco’s distaste for smoked salmon
After fleeing his grandparents’ house at the end of episode four, Casey and Marco reunite at a posh hotel in Liverpool at the start of the final episode.
In the morning, they get breakfast sent to the room and Marco is disgusted by the “raw salmon” on his scrambled eggs. When Casey explains that it’s smoked, he responds with a disgusted face saying “You what? The salmon comes canned”.
3. Martin Freeman throws a bike over a fence
This funny scene happened in the first episode when PC Carson was asked by his friend and drug dealer Carl Sweeney (played by Ian Hart) to find Casey, a local heroin addict.
PC Carson goes in search of Marco played by Josh Finan, a young local (whom he seems to know well and who is obviously always on Chris’s radar!) who knows where the townspeople are.
After finding him riding a bicycle through a property, he asks her to get in the police car so he can take her to find Casey.
“Hey. What about my bike?” to which Chris replies, “Christ!” and proceeds to close the driver’s door and go get the bike, but instead of putting it in the car, he throws it over a fence into a nearby garden.
“What? A need like? Jesus Christ!” Marco shouts from the car.
4. The Awkward Therapy Scene
It was another scene that stuck with viewers when Martin reunited with The Office co-star Elizabeth Berrington to film the scenes where Chris was in therapy.
Scenes showing PC Carson in therapy are dotted throughout the series, but at one particular moment early in episode three, the psychologist played by Elizabeth seems to think she’s talking to a completely different person.
She asks about his wife ‘Helen’ when Chris’ wife is named Kate.
Realizing her mistake, when she wonders if Chris is a man named James, she replies “I’m so sorry but I’m completely overwhelmed. There are so many of you. There were two of us before…”
To which Chris mumbles under his breath, “I’m dying in front of you and you don’t even know my name.”
5. The waiter at the coffee shop who says to Ray “You owe me two toasts man!”
This line from episode four of the series got many viewers talking on Twitter.
Chris’ coworker, Rachel, has just met Raymond Mullen at a cafe, where she punches him and calls him a liar for not being open about who he is and encouraging her to spy on Chris.
After threatening to have him fired if she hears from him again, she reaches for where a man is sitting reading the paper and picks up his two toasts to throw at Ray.
As she leaves the cafe and the other customers and staff are silently shocked, the customer looks up at Ray and says, “You owe me two toasts boy!” – like that’s most of Ray’s problems!
6. PC Chris Carson screaming in his car
This scene shows Chris in a raw moment right after being released from his hostage detention where he spoke to prisoner Greg Gallagher (James Nelson-Joyce) in the final episode. Greg asks her to find Casey and the stolen drugs.
You can see right now the intense pressure he is under and how it all becomes too much. Although Martin was screaming as his character Chris, the scream was inaudible with just a high pitched noise being played.
7. New recruit Rachel stands up to her lousy boyfriend
In episode four we see Rachel trying to get back to her apartment unsuccessfully but in episode five she comes back to confront her – let’s be honest – ugly boyfriend but despite walking through the door she is then locked in a dead-end closet.
After calling Chris who comes to her rescue, she packs up her boyfriend’s things and goes to his place of work, which is in a fire station.
Upon arriving, she finds him sitting in the canteen with his co-workers, where she throws his belongings into black bags and after being pushed, she bravely stands up to him and reveals to his co-workers that he is “hitting her”.
8. Carl Sweeney’s shock ending
We warned you that there would be spoilers! Towards the end of episode three, we know that PC Chris Carson has found the bag of drugs Casey had stolen and offers to return it, but in return for £30,000.
We see him change his plate and agree to meet at a drop off location, but upon arriving his childhood buddy Carl played by Ian Hart comes to the car and warns him that he’s here to “save his life. “.
Carl takes the bag to the car to make the exchange but after testing the drugs the gang realizes it has been exchanged for washing powder and Carl comes to an end.
9. Chris talks to his mother about his problems.
In episode four, we see Chris visiting his mother again in a nursing home. In a heartbreaking scene, he breaks down in tears as he sits next to her and tells her he’s trying so hard to “keep it all together” but he can’t anymore.
He confessed that he messed up with his wife Kate, to which his mother asked him to hold it before he recounted everything that happened throughout the series, from Carl’s death to how he got involved in a drug gang.
The couple break down in tears as she tells him to ‘fight’ for his life and ‘keep fighting’.
10. Chris and Kate are finally working
At the end of the series, we see PC Carson return to his family home where Kate appears from the kitchen door and reveals that she has gone to see her mother and pay the nursing home bill – taking away one of its main cares and burdens. throughout the series.
He apologizes for what he did, tells her he’ll “get better” and reveals to Kate that “the troubles” are over. But then she reveals that she lied to DI Deborah Barnes (Amaka Okafor) about who Dr. Diane Gallagher (Christine Tremarco) is.
Are their troubles really over? and will we get a second The Responder series? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out!
You can follow the full series of The Responder on BBC iPlayer.
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