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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 Supt. Albert Tyburn (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Emma Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Police Comm. Ronald Burkitt (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Asst. Supt. James Valentine (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Cpl. Jonah Karinde / ... (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Dr. Emil Mueller (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Chico de Ville (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Herself - Mystery Presenter (3 episodes, 1998)
Shaheen Jassat ...
 Sub Inspector Singh / ... (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Charlotte Elliott (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Sir Rex Willoughby (2 episodes, 1998)
Hywell Williams ...
 Judge (2 episodes, 1998)
James Neill ...
 Clerk of the Court (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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28 January 1999 (USA)  »

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The action takes place in 1931 yet the plane Emma flies is a De Havilland Tiger Moth introduced in 1932. The plane carries 'Z-' identifiers of today's Zimbabwe and a very modern VHF antenna on the fuselage. See more »

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Asst. Supt. James Valentine: [repeated] The next one kills you.
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Engaging, enjoyable, easy suspension of disbelief
19 October 2000 | by (Silicon Valley) – See all my reviews

Acting, directing, and writing are all fine. It's mysteries set in 30's Africa, and uses many of the conventions of films of the time, but from a modern perspective - not unlike the approach taken in Indiana Jones - and it generally works well.

I'm usually the first one to quibble about technical errors, but this series was sooo well done that I never noticed any of the ones noted in other reviews here. Mind you, I had a hard time with Valentine shooting guns out of people's hands, and with a flaming homosexual in that time and place, but I just let the excellent story telling carry things along. Somehow, it seemed ** right ** that Valentine was able to shoot guns out of people's hands, and that there were Nazis lurking, etc.

One of the most enjoyable things on TV in a long time, and I hope there will be more. Let's have a DVD soon, please.


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