Created by Tobias Beer and Lisa McGee, The Deceived aired in August 2020 and follows university student Ophelia (Emily Reid) who falls for her married lecturer, Michael (Emmett J Scanlan). When he mysteriously disappears, she tracks him down and discovers that his wife has died in a fire. So why is Ophelia seeing visions of her in their house?
It’s not often that Channel 5 make a series that appeals me, but I like Emmett J Scanlan so I was instantly intrigued.
And Scanlan is so good. He’s sexy, mysterious, and very threatening at the same time. Emily Reid is brilliant, too. She plays her character’s vulnerabilities well, confusing audiences as to whether she’s really ill or being manipulated. Paul Mescal, however, is massively underused! I thought he was going to have more to do with the twists at the end, but that’s the only thing that disappointed me about this series.
As well as the great performances, the story itself is full of mystery and kept me guessing until the end. The twists were effective and the psychological elements do their job.