Five year old Julie Harris goes missing, and is later found stuffed in a sewer pipe. She has been sexually assaulted and strangled. The officer who finds her vomits. Other than her mother Anita's new partner the main suspect is Michael Dunn, a young misfit who lives alone and is regarded with suspicion. A doll belonging to Julie is found at his flat, as is the washing line with which she was supposedly strangled. The police are confident that he will be found guilty. However, the case begins to unravel when it is discovered that the doll was not Julie's after all and that the washing line was planted in Dunn's flat by an over-zealous policeman. Fresh evidence surfaces in the form of a blue sherry bottle, believed to have been used in the attack. Is this sufficient to bring retribution, and is Dunn really guilty? Written by
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In spite of Pensman's above evaluation of this episode and series, it is a fine piece of 'fiction.' The acting is extremely good, especially, from Rhys Ifans as the protagonist, Michael Dunne. Because of the time taken to carve out the story, the characters are given very good depth and are all believable. The dysfunction of the victim's family is well and, yet, subtly displayed as it is allowed to unfold and become evident. We witness the victim's mother's dilemma as she begins to awaken to reality but suppresses the truth. The very reasons quoted above in the review by Pensman as making this episode and series flawed is, actually, the very strength of the production. People in real life are sentenced to prison far too often and, sadly, more often than we realize on shoddy, circumstantial evidence. Over zealous cops with tunnel vision do exist, often. And, in the end, we still do not know what is the truth - although, one can reasonably come to either decision on one side of the fence or the other. That is the strength and the talent of this production. No, it is not CSI. It's a one-star better.
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