We’re at a point in the month where Netflix is releasing a lot of new content, including The Umbrella Academy Season 3 and a bunch classic Nickelodeon show. Among them is You Don’t Know Me, a BBC crime drama that recently made it to Netflix’s Top 10 list.
You Don’t Know Me arrives on Netflix on June 17, after premiering in the UK last December. It’s joined by likes from Iron Chef reboot (No. 5), Peaky Blinders (No. 7), which was very successful God’s Favorite Idiot (No. 3) and the endless domination of Stranger Things 4 (Number 1).
What You Don’t Know Me?
You Don’t Know Me is a crime drama, based on Imran Mahmood’s 2017 novel of the same name. The show follows Hero (Samuel Adewunmi), a man from South London who is on trial for the murder of a local drug dealer.
All evidence points to Hero’s guilt, but Hero argues that the story the evidence depicts does not represent what really happened. So ignoring his lawyer’s advice, Hero uses his afterword to tell the full story. A story that goes back two years, when he first met his girlfriend Kyra (Sophie Wilde).
We won’t go into more detail, otherwise we’ll get into spoiler territory. Needless to say, Hero faces opposition when he twists his story, with prosecutors adamantly insisting that he lied and misrepresented the facts.
There are four episodes of You Don’t Know Me, all less than an hour long. They originally aired on BBC One between December 5 and December 13 last year, and are available to binge on Netflix now. British viewers can also watch all four episodes on BBC iPlayer.
What do critics think of You Don’t Know Me?
You Don’t Know Me has no scores on Rotten Tomatoes, although it does have Rating 6.9/10 on IMDB (opens in a new tab) — based on more than 2.5 thousand individual ratings.
Rebecca Nicholson from The Guardian (opens in a new tab) gave the show 3/5 stars. Nicholson likens You Don’t Know Me to an audiobook, not a TV series, because Hero talks so much. He concludes that the show “is not enough to bridge the gap between the stylistic set at work in a novel and what feels authentic on screen. But it does provide traces of promise as it starts to wake up. As long as the viewers (and the jury) don’t stop out of impatience.
Abby Robinson, from the Radio Times (opens in a new tab), giving the event a more positive spin with 4/5 stars. Robinson called the show “an engaging, well-executed television worthy of your attention,” and deserved its original prime-time TV slot on Sunday night. Since the show is a crime series and a love story, Robinson notes that you get the best of both worlds — and how people can find their lives turned upside down without warning.
determinant (opens in a new tab) states you should “stream” it rather than skip it. It notes that if the courtroom portion of the story “is not going to strain you, then you should enjoy the show plus the story itself.” But it’s quite difficult to get past the courtroom order. I feel a bit of a pattern here.
Outlook: Should You Watch You Don’t Know Me?
If you like courtroom drama, and you like audiobooks, You Don’t Know Me might be worth checking out. If you don’t like talking and narrating in your TV series, this might be one to avoid unless you really want to watch something.
After all, You Don’t Know Me is only four episodes long, and it never hurts to check out the first episode. That way you can decide if the ongoing story is interesting enough to continue, or whether you should cut your losses and find something else to stream.
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