‘Excellent…Sharply observed… Peake is particularly good… bringing an intoxicating mix of brittle and ballsy’
‘Peake excels as a woman with many secrets and facets’
‘Sexism in the workplace is placed under the spotlight… provocative’
Renowned British actor Maxine Peake gives a powerhouse performance in Rules of the Game, a brand-new, four-part thriller which is currently on BBC One IPlayer . This sharply observed drama is set for its DVD and digital release on 7th of March 2022 courtesy of Acorn Media International.
Partly inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #MeToo movement, Rules of the Game is a relevant and profound exploration of sexual politics in the modern workplace, penned by Ruth Fowler (Fairies Baseball) and from BAFTA-winning production company The Forge (National Treasure, Roadkill).
Sam (Peake – The Theory of Everything, Shameless, Silk) is a strong-willed manager at a family-run business in the North-West of England. It’s business as usual – until she arrives in the office one day to find a dead body and is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths and murderous secrets, both past and present…
Her colleague Maya (Rakhee Thakrar – Sex Education, Four Weddings And A Funeral) the new HR director is intent on shaking up the outdated and toxic lad-culture and begins to look into historic cases of misconduct… but is faced with resistance from members of the team.
Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey, Life) plays Anita, a board member and hardened widower of the company’s narcissistic founder, and Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes, Truth Seekers) is DI Eve Preston, a thick-skinned, no-nonsense detective investigating a case linked to the company.
As the determined protagonists contend with institutional prejudices, one thing is clear: now is the time to change the Rules of the Game.
This is a cracking series, which does take the first episode to settle into, as the show is filled with many dislikeable characters and some of them do take a little while to get used to. Overall this four episode story is highly recommended even if its just for yet another fantastic performance by the always watchable Maxine Peake.