Halifax f.p.: Season 1, Episode 12

Afraid of the Dark (6 Sep. 1998)

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When several people are brutally murdered at a service station, Jane Halifax lends her forensic psychiatric skills to the police investigation that immediately follows. As the case ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ray (as Shane Feeney-Connor)
Eric Ringer
Susan Lyons ...
Helen de Castro
Catherine Wilkin ...
Marion Walters, Jane's Analyst
Martin Ledger
Myles Collins ...
Detective Twomey
Matthew Crosby ...
Bryan Marshall ...
John Halifax, Jane's Father
Matylda Buczko ...
Young Jane
Stephen Whittaker ...
Tabloid Photographer
Tasos Petousis ...
Tony Martini
Emma Buckland ...
Mrs. Martini
Jake Notarfrancesco ...
Marco Martini


When several people are brutally murdered at a service station, Jane Halifax lends her forensic psychiatric skills to the police investigation that immediately follows. As the case progresses, she establishes a strange rapport with Ray Harvey, a mechanic that is the principal witness to the killings, as they both struggle with internal demons involving the loss of loved ones. Meanwhile Senior Detective Eric Ringer starts to seek more from Jane than a professional relationship. In an ironic reversal of roles, Jane finds herself in counseling sessions with another psychiatrist, who probes Jane's lingering conflicts with her deceased father. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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[first lines]
John Halifax, Jane's Father: Now, pull it in against you. Not too tight. Lower your cheek. Come on Jane, it won't bite you. Look along the sights. Breathe in. And... squeeze.
[Jane's father is teaching her to shoot a rifle, she seems reluctant]
John Halifax, Jane's Father: Here, let me show you.
[He encircles her hands and pulls the trigger, she grimaces]
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Almost perfect
26 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The "Halifax FP" series was a huge disappointment when it screened on Australian TV. The plots were obtuse, the acting mediocre and the direction was just awful. Which is why I am surprised by "Afraid of the dark." Rebecca Gibney plays a forensic psychologist who is called in to examine the survivor of a mass murder which takes place at a diner/garage. He is the prime suspect and the police are not convinced by his apparent distress and grief at losing his work mates.

Rebecca Gibney puts in a brilliant effort as a daughter coming to terms with the loss of a distant father. Hugh Jackman lights up the screen in his supportive role. However, it is Shane Feeney-Connor who carries the movie with a powerful and convincing performance as a man whose life has been destroyed by a senseless and meaningless act of violence.

I don't know why this episode of Halifax worked when others didn't. Perhaps it is because the writers did not insult our intelligence by overstating the facts. The viewers are allowed to fill in the blanks for themselves. Which is something often missing from Australian television. Perhaps it is because at the time mass murder was in the news. Maybe it was just a pleasant accident when all the ingredients seemed to gell.

When the murderer is revealed we are left wondering why? The explanation seems so ridiculous. But then - that's the way it is.

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