A man is buried alive, and Metcalfe must delve into a serial killer's psyche.






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Series cast summary:
Frances Grey ...
 DS Kate Beauchamp (2 episodes, 2003)
Gillian Taylforth ...
 Helen (2 episodes, 2003)
 Anna Marchent (2 episodes, 2003)
 Chrissie Stone (2 episodes, 2003)
Surendra Kochar ...
 Secretary (2 episodes, 2003)
 Davor Pasovic (2 episodes, 2003)
Emma Cambridge ...
 Mandy MacIntyre / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
Ben McCosker ...
 Carl Brown (2 episodes, 2003)
 Paula Stansfield (2 episodes, 2003)
Roger Moss ...
 Gary Patterson / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
Ben Boorman ...
 Joe (2 episodes, 2003)
Keira Jane Malik ...
 Isabel Emerson (2 episodes, 2003)
Eddie Cooper ...
 Sam Warren (2 episodes, 2003)
Tom Anderson ...
 Matthew (2 episodes, 2003)
Tom Anderson ...
 Matthew (2 episodes, 2003)
Paul Ansdell ...
 Steve Jenner (2 episodes, 2003)
 DCI Charlie MacIntyre (2 episodes, 2003)
 Jonathan (2 episodes, 2003)
 Scene Of Crime Officer (2 episodes, 2003)
 Dr. Dugdale (2 episodes, 2003)
 Daniel Jameson (2 episodes, 2003)
 DI Duncan Warren (2 episodes, 2003)
 Susan Metcalfe (2 episodes, 2003)
 DI Finnegan (2 episodes, 2003)
 DCS Emerson (2 episodes, 2003)
Aleksandar Mikic ...
 Alexi Pasovic (2 episodes, 2003)
Jonathan Millership ...
 Window Cleaner (2 episodes, 2003)
Ruth Mitchell ...
 Jean Mac Intyre / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Eric Metcalfe (2 episodes, 2003)
David Quilter ...
 Brian Herd (2 episodes, 2003)
 DI David Wilby (2 episodes, 2003)
 DCI Red Metcalfe (2 episodes, 2003)
Jon Strickland ...
 Dr. Bannerman (2 episodes, 2003)


A man is buried alive, and Metcalfe must delve into a serial killer's psyche.

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Release Date:

24 August 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos megváltó 2.  »

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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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DS Kate Beauchamp: Russ Collier
DI Duncan Warren: Dead guy auditioning for "The Mummy Returns"
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Just as compelling as the first series
1 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To me 'Messiah' was a great and near blameless show in which the first two seasons were particularly strong, and should have lasted longer than it did.

It got off to a great start in the first series, which set the tone for the show brilliantly with a taut and dark atmosphere, always engrossing storytelling, great acting and production values, intelligent scripting, very disturbing and inventive murders if not for the faint-hearted and a genuinely surprising final reveal (if slightly let down by a slightly implausible and not-as-developed-as-it-could-have-been motivation).

'Messiah 2: Vengeance is Mine' is every bit as good and quality-wise it is about equal. It is stylishly and beautifully filmed with a lot of atmosphere, while the locations are also used to great effect. The music is suitably ominous while never being too obvious. A great job is done with the directing, always tight and resolutely moody and nothing is rushed or plodding.

Both parts of "Vengeance is Mine" are tautly and intelligently written, with an always natural flow and the mystery is always kept alive and fresh. The story here is darker and just as disturbing as before, with a great ominous atmosphere and plenty of surprising twists and turns while taking time to develop it enough to stop it from falling into incoherence. Susan's deafness also gives it some welcome heart too. The deaths are shocking and imaginative, if not quite as gory as in the first series (then again, it doesn't get gorier than deaths based on the deaths, ones that are as brutal as you can possibly get, of the twelve disciples).

The final solution was a surprise to me, though I know of people who felt they found out too early or found it too obvious, and the motive was a little better developed and easier to swallow than the first series, though the physical competence of the murderer and how they were able to carry out the murders has been brought into question and understandably. The characters continue to be interesting, and the acting continues to impress.

Ken Stott is exceptional in the lead role, some of his best acting has been on this show. Neil Dudgeon also excels, don't think he has done better work than his acting in 'Messiah', Michelle Forbes is touching and Alun Armstrong is earth-shattering as a very totured character. Frances Grey's role is a bit limited, but she does much with it.

Overall, wonderfully done second series to a great show and just as compelling as the first. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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