The Shadow Line - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stephen Rea and Christopher Eccleston
Jonah Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Gatehouse (Stephen Rea) and Joseph Bede (Christopher Eccleston) © Company Pictures/BBC 2011

Episode 7 of 7
First transmission on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 (UK)

The official details…

Gatehouse shows himself as the master puppeteer, in the concluding part of Hugo Blick’s sophisticated and gripping conspiracy thriller. Gabriel warns Khokar that Gatehouse will now be coming for him.

The drugs deal gathers pace and Gatehouse and Ratallack meet; while Bede continues his deal with Babur and Ratallack.

Gabriel tracks down Penney on his sail boat, who reveals the truth about “Counterpoint”. He tells him Gatehouse will now kill all the old players and start the game with new players.

Meanwhile, Julie’s health is radically declining and Bede is beside himself with grief – but then Jay Wratten comes knocking.

Gabriel tells Patterson he wants to prosecute Commissioner Khokar on the grounds of conspiracy to promote and profit from state-controlled crime (“Counterpoint”).

Then Gabriel receives a call from Gatehouse and agrees to meet him…

Gatehouse is played by Stephen Rea, Gabriel by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Khokar by Ace Bhatti, Ratallack by Freddie Fox, Bede by Christopher Eccleston, Babur by Stanley Townsend, Penney by Nicholas Jones, Julie by Lesley Sharp and Jay Wratten by Rafe Spall..