The Tower

Season 1
DSI Sarah Collins sets out to uncover the truth around two grisly deaths, and the investigation takes her into the dark heart of policing. A BritBox Original
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    November 6 2021
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    Detectives Sarah Collins and Steve Bradshaw are called to an incident at Portland Tower in London, where they find the bodies of a long-serving officer and a 15-year-old Libyan refugee. Up on the roof, Sarah finds a traumatized five-year-old boy and a rookie police officer - the only witnesses to what happened.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    November 7 2021
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    With Lizzie still on the run, Sarah finally persuades her boss, DCI Tim Bailie, to go public about Lizzie’s disappearance. She then makes a series of discoveries about the events that led up to the Portland Tower fall, which further complicate the case.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    November 8 2021
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    Lizzie decides to turn herself in, but first she meets Kieran Shaw in secret, who tries to persuade her not to implicate herself. When Sarah finally interviews Lizzie, the explosive truth about what really happened on top of the tower emerges.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

80 global ratings

  1. 46% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 20% of reviews have 1 stars
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Vicky EvansReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Same PC storyline.
Same PC storyline. All the white cops were corrupt, manipulative liars. The black & asian cops were all picked on, manipulated & betrayed by the white cops so nothing was their fault. The one cop who cared about the truth & the real victim (the 15 year old girl) was lied to, manipulated & treated like dirt by superiors & other cops including her own partner. I'm tired of shows making law enforcement always the bad guys. I'm tired of female cops being portrayed as either pathetic little whiners or testicle breakers nothing in between. I had high hopes for this but I'm not all that interested in watching another season.
25 people found this helpful
KenReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good "investigation" of duty, honesty, and conflicts of loyalty
Gemma Whelen is great... a serious, thoughtful cop who believes in the law and purses the truth doggedly. I am a bit tired of the trope of the obstructive supervising officer though. Overall, the acting is very good, the imagery is "real" and so is the language. Don't be put off... it's a good watch, and CAN be watched as all three episodes are immediately available.
14 people found this helpful
richard leclercReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
& here we have well done !
smart , slick , well produced police mystery / drama . excellent.
well -paced , polished. very good performances & well -written.
in a sea of mediocrity this stands out.
one false step leads to another & soon a mistake , as they always do ; spirals out
of control , pulling a well rounded out group of characters into a melee of potential
& ongoing personal disasters.
there are 2 somewhat lightweight bloody dead bodies early on.( which are light years from
unpleasant. rather clean & theatrical actually . ) & the dreaded "f-word usage ? fairly quiet &
hardly worth registering at all ; let alone registering as a negative. i tire of these whiny , pearl-clutching
complaints where none are warranted. if anything this completely captivating & binge-worthy
series is polished & restrained. hardly offensive ; no matter what some overly sensitive delicate , fragile soul might possibly be able to stomach.
this is very good . no gratuitous violence or mean , spiteful language in sight. enjoy.
11 people found this helpful
Grace BrophyReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent and Realistic
Have no idea why the person who gave this one star did so! The violence is less than any cop show I've seen in years. And there's one use of the word "fxxk" in the last episode. It seems so unfair to me that the review was even published, it's so far off the mark. It's a good show, without gratuitous violence or excessive language. My main criticism is that the group that checks on review even permitted it to be published.
10 people found this helpful
Common SenseReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very well done, but the ending wasn't satisfying.
There's a reason there are Internal Affairs departments within the police. It's laughable that people complain in reviews about putting cops in a negative light. What is also funny is the folks complaining that the white cops are always the bad ones. Clearly, these people just post negative reviews without watching the show! Pretty sure two of the 'morally questionable' cops were black.
The show was well written, and for the most part, well acted. I was just hoping for a more satisfying ending. Such is life, I suppose.
7 people found this helpful
JoannahReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A slow paced crime drama but was worth the watch.
I am always entertained by British procedural crime dramas. They all seem to be well acted with an interesting plot, and much calmer and more methodical than American police shows. Probably because of the vast difference in the actual policing in the US v UK. I left off a star because I was never clear on the intentions and integrity of some of the characters.

Regarding the 1-star reviewer's comments--I have no idea what show they were actually referring to. There was never any violent confrontations, a fired gun, a stabbing, etc., just one blip during a scene at the beginning of an aftermath of a crime (totally understated as far as any gore). Also, what foul language? One f bomb in the whole series and it was used in total context from a person who witnessed a terrifying event. I absolutely agree with others who say this comment should be removed.
9 people found this helpful
Clare PuskarczykReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
I did not care for the emphasis placed on the blood and guts. I did not care at all to hear the "F" word. There should be a notice of warning when that word is going to be used. We are made of Sound and Light. We are vibratory beings, and sounds affect us deeply. I enjoy intelligent mysteries, preferably BBC because they use their heads and not their guns to solve mysteries.
7 people found this helpful
NE TennesseeReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
More shaky camera fluff
Another director that thinks using a handheld camera for many closeup scenes adds to the drama....IT DOESN'T!!!!!!
7 people found this helpful
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