Another British crime series that tips to the dark side, Identity revolves around an elite unit that investigates identity theft, but this is no white collar crime show. Headed by ambitious young DSI Martha Lawson (Keeley Hawes, part of the original MI-5 team), the unit takes on murky cases where identity theft is wrapped around fraud, kidnapping and murder, and their star investigator—DI John Bloom (Aidan Gillen), a former undercover agent—has both questionable tactics and a questionable past.
Gillen co-starred in the original British Queer As Folk but will be more recognizable to American audiences for his turn as Baltimore City Councilman turned Mayor Tommy Carcetti on The Wire. Where he was the amiable but cagey Irish American politician there, he’s a calculating, secretive undercover veteran here, with a past wrapped up in criminal entanglements and bad blood that comes back to collect on debts. His maverick ways are motivated by more than temperament. He’s damaged goods and is the most interesting part of the series.