A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.
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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Tony Hill (31 episodes, 2002-2008)
Mark Letheren ...
 DS Kevin Geoffries / ... (28 episodes, 2002-2008)
Emma Handy ...
 DC Paula McIntyre / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2008)
Mark Penfold ...
 Dr. Ashley Vernon (19 episodes, 2002-2007)
 DI Alex Fielding / ... (17 episodes, 2006-2008)
 DCI Carol Jordan (14 episodes, 2002-2005)


Dark and twisting mystery series based on the characters created by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid. Set in the fictional English city of Bradfield, clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is recruited as a criminal profiler for the police department. Aiding DCI Carol Jordan (and DI Alex Fielding in later episodes), the doctor's eccentric methods and deep understanding of the criminal mind help track down vicious serial killers and solve the most gruesome of crimes. Written by L. Hamre

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14 November 2002 (UK)  »

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La fureur dans le sang  »

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The title "Wire in the Blood" is a phrase that comes from T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets": "The trilling wire in the blood / sings below inveterate scars / appeasing long-forgotten wars." As for the meaning, in an interview Robson Green said the phrase was taken to mean a genetic kink, something impure and unusual in the blood, that leads to the kind of psychosis Dr. Tony Hill might deal with. Series writer Val McDermid says: "Who knows what Eliot really meant by that line? Robson's explanation is as good as any. For myself, I've always taken it to be a metaphor for the thrill of adrenaline surging through the bloodstream. But we'll never know for sure". See more »


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Is there more to come?
25 June 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched all 3 in order and enjoyed this series. I am anxious to find out if there is a follow up to Painted? I have an unanswered question about the ending and it appears as though there is (or should be) a sequel to this? If you have not watched any of these, please go for it and watch them in order. The character development is quite entertaining. The chemistry between Hill and D.I. Jordan is done in a tasteful way. The creative and honest mind of the writers is put on the screen with a quality job of directing. I am a detective investigator and I am very critical with "who done it" crime solving type movies. These I would use to show my students when teaching a crime profiling class.

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