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by Paul Abbott (Creator)
BFS Entertainment, 2012
Review by Christian Perring on Jun 11th 2013
Hit & Miss is a 6 part TV series from the UK, broadcast in 2012. Created by Paul Abbott, who is a major force in British TV and is especially well known for his work on Shameless. Although the basic premise is complicated and implausible, the show carries it off with no hesitation. Mia, (played by Chloë Sevigny) is a pre-operative transsexual who goes to live with her ex-girlfriend's children. The ex has died and the children are running wild, living on their own in the country. Mia earns her living by contract killing for a criminal who pays her well. The three children are hostile to her at first, but she gradually wins them over. The eldest child, 16-year old-Riley, is having an affair with John, who owns their house. Mia and John fight each other in a power struggle, sometimes physically, and often with threats and subterfuge. But what keeps the show interesting is its investigation of gender, sexuality, class, and age. Mia is certainly not a traditional role model, but the children look up to her, and she protects them. She is a strong woman, and as a killer and a fighter, she seems to have strong male qualities too. The plot moves swiftly, which keeps the story interesting, but what really makes it work is the quality of the acting and the detail of the scenes of everyday life in the pub or around the shambolic house Mia and the children live in. Sevigny may not be the most convincing transgender person that one could imagine, but we see her naked several times with both breasts and a penis, and she conveys her own estrangement from her body. Those are among the most memorable of the many striking scenes in this series. This is a distinctive drama with high production standards and very strong acting. My only reservation is that the series ends unresolved, with a cliff-hanger preparing for a second season that is unlikely to ever be made.
© 2013 Christian Perring
Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York