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  • Premiered: 
    October 30, 2019
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  • Network: BBC2
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Neil Forsyth 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

A drunken drive home from a wedding lands brothers Max and Jake in increasingly hot water, as they commit more and more serious crimes to hide their culpability in a hit-and-run accident involving an elderly pedestrian. Hit-and-run perpetrators usually leave the body at the scene, but Max and Jake carry Walter's corpse to his house nearby and set him up in an easy chair. There, they find a letter revealing that Walter had terminal cancer. "He was dying slowly. We just made it quick," says Max with relief. "He'd probably thank us." Since Max is a high-powered attorney and savvy in the ways of police and coroners, he takes charge of the cover-up. Jake was actually behind the wheel of Max's car during the accident, but he was stoned and uninsured, while Max was swilling champagne in the passenger seat. It's hardly the image of a respectable lawyer. For his part, Jake is a classic slacker, running a marginal used record shop with enough time on his hands to write custom liner notes for the albums. Although the brothers are no longer close, they are now co-conspirators in a crime that grows in severity as they dig a deeper and deeper pit of evasions and desperate stratagems. Meanwhile, lovelorn Jake and fun-loving Angie are falling in love. Max's wife, Claire, is uncovering the depth of her husband's lies. Private eye Kenny, hired by Max to botch the investigation, has decided to go sober and get to the bottom of the case. GUILT made its U.S. debut on Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 9-11pm on PBS (check local listings) with back-to-back episodes, followed by the final two episodes the following Sunday from 9-11pm on September 12:

Part 1 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 9pm): Returning intoxicated from a wedding, Jake and Max run down an old man and decide to tell no one. Their cover-up quickly snowballs in complexity.

Part 2 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 10pm): Max tries to sabotage Kenny's investigation, but the detective closes in on damaging evidence. Sheila adds a new wrinkle to the case. Claire gets suspicious.

Part 3 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9pm): Spurred by Angie, Jake probes Max's control of his finances. Jake also grows suspicious of Angie. Roy tightens the screws on Max by threatening Jake.

Part 4 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10pm): With facts surrounding Walter's death increasingly in question, Max risks all to come out on top. Jake and Angie also take a gamble. Claire cuts her losses.
Season 2 of GUILT made its U.S. debut with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 9-11pm on PBS (check local listings).

Part 1 (U.S. debut on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 9pm): In an Edinburgh cellar, two gunshots ring out. Across town, Max McCall is released from prison. Those two events gradually come together as we watch Max try to rebuild his life.

Part 2 (U.S. debut on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 10pm): Max and Kenny find a local minister to be more of an obstacle than they anticipated. Pressure builds for Erin, while Teddy is seeking answers.

Part 3 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 9pm): Max and Erin's relationship grows ever more complicated, as the pressure on Max from his police handler Jackie steadily increases, and he has a surprising encounter.

Part 4 (U.S. debut on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 9pm): Max and Jake pick up arguments old and new while the Lynches face their darkest secret. Max offers Erin a way out but is running out of time to find one for himself.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Expectation Entertainment
  • Produced by Happy Tramp Productions (as Happy Tramp North Productions)