A wonderful, amazing cast delivers a clinic in suspense.... And all of the great acting almost manages to overcome the dubious ending. Almost.....
I'm not up on my British actors; I did not recognize a single cast member, but this only mattered about five minutes. After that, I was hooked by Nabhaan Rizwan, who plays The Informer. "Raza" is an innocent who is roped into informing by Paddy Considine, who plays the amoral government agent who snags him. As the series progresses, we watch "Gabe" (our agent) backslide into nastier and nastier behavior. It turns out that Gabe used to work undercover, and his former undercover persona practically takes him over. I wondered as I watched if Gabe really had MPD, so wonderful was Considine's portrayal of Gabe/Charlie.
This series deserves 5 stars for the acting, but knock off a star due to the reveal at the end of the unlikely assassin. Sorry... I didn't buy that ending. To me, it seemed that out-of-control Charlie would have been a likely choice, but perhaps someone thought this would have made it too predictable. I would have gladly exchanged predictable for a bad guy I could believe in. Be that as it may, if you overlook this flaw, you'll spend most of the six hours of this series immersed in this edgy and crazy little world created by the cast, and be happy doing it. Bel Powley is the female lead, playing the rookie investigator working under Gabe/Charlue. Turns out that "Holly" is a female Sherlock Holmes, and sees everything, much to Gabe's consternation. Have a good time binge-watching this series; despite everything, I never felt like I was wasting my time. One last note: this is a not a series you can watch while your kids are playing beside you, or if you'd planned on catching up on emails and texts while the show airs. You will miss key details if you aren't paying close attention.
One caveat: the script is loaded with British slang, and I made liberal use of the pause function on my tablet and looked up all the words I didn't know. "Bruv" is a friend, a guy-pal, (for example). Be sure to turn on the captions so that you understand exactly what is being said. Truly, I didn't mind this a bit. The acting was really that terrific.
So, I give "The Informer" 5 stars for acting, and 4 stars due to the crazy ending. I envy you if you haven't yet watched this treat. Be sure to get your popcorn before you press "play"!