When a farmer, William Tey, is hacked to death with an ax in his barn, Scotland Yard assigns Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers to the case. Lynley is the 8th Earl of Asherton and is a graduate of Eton and Oxford; he is on the fast track in the police service. Havers has a working class background and feels that she is discriminated against. Despite the differences in their background - very often, the two simply don't understand one another - they make a good team. As for the murder, there are several possible suspects. Tey's wife had left him many years before and one of his daughters ran away and would have nothing to do with him. A nephew will now inherit his farm, providing a good motive. Throughout the investigation, Lynley has to deal with former colleagues who would like nothing better than to bring him down. Written by
Nicholas Day, Chief Superintendent Hillier, and Anthony Calf, Simon St. James, both played Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman's boss in "New Tricks." Day played Deputy Assistant Commissioner Donald Bevan for 6 episodes and Calf played DAC Robert Strickland in 56 episodes. See more »
During the final interrogation scene Lynley removes the earpiece, but at the end of the scene it's back in. See more »
I am a fan of not only the BBC but of the PBS "Mystery" series. For years I have watched many detectives, inspectors, amateur sleuths etc and in my opinion Inspector Lynley is one of the best ones. I think the show is well written and well thought out. The chemistry between the actors is right on the money. I can not imagine why anyone would not like this series. This particular installment, which was of course the first, was especially well done. I am a fan of Elizabeth Georges' writing and I felt that they stayed true to the characters that she created which is not always easy in film form. For me this series has not only the usual elements that English shows bring with them but an added quality.
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