DVD review: “Keeping Faith – Season 1 – 3” (2021)

“Keeping Faith – Season 1 – 3” (2021)

Television Drama

Twenty Episodes

Created by: Matthew Hall

Featuring: Eve Myles, Hannah Daniel, Matthew Gravelle, Bradley Freegard, Mark Lewis Jones, Mali Harries and Aneirin Hughes

Megan: “People just don’t go missing, even I know that.”

Released recently on DVD is season 1,2 and 3 of the Welsh drama “Keeping Faith” that features Eve Myles in the lead role playing a complex character in a very complex television show.

Faith, a small-town Welsh lawyer, is forced to cut short her extended maternity leave when her husband and business partner, Evan, disappears whilst she is on maternity leave following the birth of their third child. As the truth of his actions surface, Faith must fight to protect her family and her sanity.

The second season picks up 18 months after the cliffhanger of the first season, we find Faith reassembling her life after Evan’s unexpected return — and outrunning the demons he brought with him — while plunging into a new mystery.

While the first series was united by a central mystery, the second series without this felt messy and chaotic, with great performances unable to save the show from feeling more like a mess of stuff rather than a series with momentum and an engaging throughline.While this may not be the case, season one felt like a complete story that season two sometimes struggles to follow up.

There is no doubt that while this is a finely crafted show by people who definitely know what they are doing and hopefully where they are going this show rest on the performance of Eve Myles who has been many places in her career, finding herself at the centre of a bonafide hit both in terms of the number of viewers and it becoming a critical darling.

Episodes

Season One

  1. Fun-loving Faith Howells is drawn into a mystery when her husband and business partner, Evan, vanishes. While searching for the truth, she uncovers secrets about his life and questions how well she really knows the man she loves.
  2. With Evan (Bradley Freegard) still missing, Faith (Eve Myles) represents a reformed criminal named Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones), who may know something about her husband’s disappearance. Back at the office Tom (Aneirin Hughes) makes a troubling discovery in the company archives that will upset Faith’s trust of her husband, while DI Susan Williams (Eiry Thomas), a vindictive police officer who has crossed swords with Faith in the past, begins turning her attention towards Faith’s recent behaviour.
  3. With her husband still missing, Faith (Eve Myles) finds herself suspected of his murder by an old adversary. At work she defends a priest accused of petty theft while at home a showdown with her mother in law uncovers a long-buried family secret.
  4. Faith begins to understand that Evan has been involved in collusion with a notorious criminal family and finds herself drawn into Abercorran’s sinister underbelly. Meanwhile DI Williams continues to build her case against Faith and a search is mounted for Evan’s body in the local quarry.
  5. Despite being shaken by the aftermath of the break-in, Faith decides to represent an elderly farmer caught in a dispute with a ruthless landowner. Arthur receives a mysterious package, while Dr Alpay names a price for information about Evan, and Faith receives a disturbing visit from Gael Reardon.
  6. When Evan’s car is found abandoned at the docks, Faith is hauled in again for police questioning. Steve risks his life to help and finds himself in Williams’ firing line; Bethan’s erratic behaviour threatens her marriage, while Williams resorts to new tactics to break Faith.
  7. Following the crash, Williams resorts to dirty tricks to shift the blame onto Faith. Terry looks into Dr Alpay’s background and finds an ally in DCI Parry, and Delyth makes a shocking discovery in Evan’s will. Faith and Cerys push for a court hearing to get the children back.
  8. Faith fights for her children in a heated court battle that risks tearing the Howells family apart. Steve makes a desperate and deadly pact with his former employers to secure Faiths’ freedom. Faith finally learns the truth behind Evan’s disappearance.

Season Two

  1. We return to the story of Faith Howells some 18 months after her husband Evan returned to Abecorran in time to see his wife in the arms of Steve Baldini. Evan has pulled Faith into a dark and dangerous world and she’s still paying the price.
  2. After Madlen sacks her lawyer, Faith, supported by Cerys, step in and accept her murder case, which leads to conflict with Tom. In prison, Evan receives good news from a mystery person, Steve still holds a candle for Faith, while the tense relationship between Faith and Gael Reardon catches DI Breeze’s attention.
  3. Just before Faith is due to appear in court she must take her son to the hospital. So Madlen testifies despite Faith’s objections. Steve meets Faith and tells her news about Evan.
  4. Faith fights to keep her family together and restrain her feelings for Steve as Evan’s release date approaches. PC Williams has news that threatens to swing Madlen’s case.
  5. Faith reveals worrying news as she continues to explore Madlen’s case, the Reardons threaten to ruin the Corran Energy deal, and Steve tries to play a dangerous game.
  6. Faith races against time to find the woman who could overturn Madlen’s conviction.

Season Three

  1. Faith and Evan’s divorce and custody battle goes from bad to worse. Faith juggles being a mother and a lawyer, and an unwanted visitor returns.
  2. Unsettled by Rose’s reappearance in her life, Faith struggles to keep everything together and focus on Osian’s case. Evan decides to keep a closer eye on Faith’s every move.
  3. As Faith’s mind is on helping Mike get justice for Osian and keeping Rose away from her family, she loses sight of the effect the divorce is having on her children.
  4. Faith and Cerys fight for Osian at the Court of Appeal. Faith meets up with a friend from the past to get information on Rose. Evan continues to keep a watchful eye on Faith.
  5. As Faith ignores her attempts to make amends Rose puts the second stage of her plan into action, putting Steve and Evan’s futures in jeopardy. Time’s running out for Osian.
  6. Rose’s revenge steps up a gear and sees Faith having to fight for all that’s dear to her. Does Rose have more guts than Faith gives her credit for?

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