Jimmy McGovern's socially conscious Broken is a sporadically powerful though often unsubtle and not entirely convincing six-part BBC drama, buoyed by its strong performances, in particular Sean Bean's sensitive, softly spoken central turn.
"Hollywood star Sean Bean heads an impressive cast in this poignant and powerful series centred around Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over an urban parish in northern England. Father Michael must be a confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the challenges of daily life in contemporary Britain. With a chequered past and a complicated relationship with his own family, the priest is determined to help his parishioners through their troubles. But despite his best efforts, Father Michael can’t always fix what’s broken in their lives." BBC