Heat of the Sun (1998)

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Set in the 1930s, a former Scotland Yard detective is sent to colonial Kenya to head the new criminal investigation unit.

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Season:

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Year:

1998
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 Supt. Albert Tyburn (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Cpl. Jonah Karinde / ... (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Police Comm. Ronald Burkitt (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Chico de Ville (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Emma Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1998)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Charlotte Elliott (3 episodes, 1998)
David Horovitch ...
 Dr. Emil Mueller (3 episodes, 1998)
Shaheen Jassat ...
 Sub Inspector Singh / ... (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Asst. Supt. James Valentine (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Sir Rex Willoughby (2 episodes, 1998)
James Neill ...
 Clerk of the Court (2 episodes, 1998)
Hywell Williams ...
 Judge (2 episodes, 1998)
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Former Scotland Yard detective Albert Tyburn is sent to colonial Nairobi, as the head of a new criminal investigation unit. Murder, arson, blackmail, slave-trading, and secret passions await him in 1930's Kenya. As he faces off against the pompous elitist expatriate community, he finds allies in Constable Jonah Karinde, Assistant Superintendent James Valentine, and Emma Fitzgerald, a spirited, strong-willed biplane pilot. This dark and twisting series encompass three cases: "Private Lives," "Hide in Plain Sight," and "The Sport of Kings." Written by L. Hamre

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Asst. Supt. James Valentine: [repeated] The next one kills you.
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Wonderful idea, uneven execution
23 November 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful series concept! A streetwise, professional Scotland Yard detective is exiled to decadent Nairobi colonial society in 1931, and charged with enforcing rules among people who have fled England specifically to avoid them. Before he's even started his first day, the tough but idealistic Superintendent Tyburn has managed to subdue three abusive, upper class drunks and haul them to jail on the back of his luggage wagon, only to find that one of them is the nephew of the governor. And that's just the beginning...

Heat of the Sun displays the wonderful British acting and production values that make public television viewers so spoiled. The art direction and costuming are excellent, truly capturing a sense of Kenya in the 1930's, and the actors nail their parts down, especially Trevor Eve as Superintendent Tyburn and Susannah Harker as the independent bush pilot Emma Fitzgerald.

Unfortunately, the production is hobbled by uneven writing and directing, which may help account for why the series never continued beyond three 2-hour stories. The writers introduce far too much plot and not enough character. People talk about themselves instead of showing who they are. In a glorious atmosphere like this one, I want to know more about these people and how they came here - the flaming homosexual, the literate African constable, the Jewish doctor and the Sikh forensics expert - but the script rarely gives more than a shallow glimpse before bolting on to the next plot twist. As a result, the stories often feel flat, like cardboard characters are marching through a mystery novel.

Some of the directors need to go back to film school. The first episode shows no sense of shot size or angle; people are framed way too tightly and the camera often swirls around Tyburn even when someone else is speaking. Shots don't flow together because actors are looking at slightly different angles to the camera. And so on.

But on the whole, the great sense of atmosphere manages to carry this series far above the mundane. I really hope to see a sequel; just nail down the details next time, and this series could be a classic.


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