Do you remember the days before reality TV? Do you remember the days before make-over shows? Do you remember the days when British terrestrial TV used to commission one-off plays?
I bet you don’t. Not really.
Ross Devenish’s Death of a Son is a powerful reminder of why it is that all of those British TV drama strands gradually died off. It features one well-known actress (Lynn Redgrave) and a script that combines bone-crunching worthiness with grinding sentimentality and a complete lack of intelligence. It is awful.