Underworld (1997)

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In this dark, seriocomic British miniseries, wimpish London schoolteacher William Smith (James Fleet) came home one day to find that his wife, Gilda (Camilla Power), had run off with another man, taking with her everything in the house that wasn't nailed down. Accompanied by his sister, Susan (Susan Wooldridge), William embarked upon a search for his errant spouse, a search that took both siblings into the sleazier nooks and crannies of London's criminal world. Before long, William and Susan found themselves in the thick of a gangland turf war between looney crime boss Middlemass (Alun Armstrong) and his loonier enemy Jezzard (Kevin McNally) -- all the while dodging such sidelines characters as homicidal cab driver Martin (David Troughton). The six hour-long episodes of Underworld were seen over Britain's Channel 4 in 1997.