Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect) brings her trademark intensity and depth of characterization to this gripping British crime series. Each feature-length drama traces a crime from commission to courtroom, revealing the complex motives and machinations of the police, the accused, and the attorneys. At the same time, the series never loses sight of the victims and their families, compassionately showing the scars left as a consequence of crime.
David Hayman (Hope and Glory) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) star as DCS Mike Walker and DCI Roisin Connor, two former rivals who share a fanatical devotion to their profession. In these three cases, they investigate a schoolteacher's murder complicated by racial tensions, the tragic death of a toddler, and the killing of a politically prominent couple in their home. Created by the "playwright laureate of women crime-stoppers" (NPR's Weekend Edition), this unflinching detective drama boasts innovative direction and daring storytelling. 3 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 408 minutes.
Volume XII: Paradise Lost
The brutal rape and murder of a young white teacher looks like an open-and-shut case. The victim's black boyfriend has a criminal record and a feeble alibi, and the forensic evidence seems damning.
- Biography of creator Lynda La Plante
- Photo galleries
- Cast filmographies
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"Full of great writing and great acting"--EW.com
"A British spin on the Law & Order format"--The Boston Globe
"Gritty crime-drama series"--Evening Standard
"Great crime series"--NPR
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment, 1998)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (1998)
Royal Television Society Award (UK) Nomination for Best Single Drama (1998)