The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Season 2, Episode 1

Playing for the Ashes (10 Mar. 2003)

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Lynley seeks the help of profiler Helen Clyde when he investigates the asphyxiation death of superstar cricketer with a dysfunctional personal life.

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Clare Swinburne ...
Gabriella Patten
Mark Brighton ...
Kenneth Waring
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Inspector Ardery
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Ruth Gemmell ...
Jeannie Waring
William Scott-Masson ...
Official
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Miriam Whitelaw
Joe Duttine ...
Chris Faraday
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Olivia Whitelaw
Curtis Flowers ...
Jimmy Waring
Daisy Beaumont ...
Amanda
Peter Crawford ...
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Andrew Clover ...
Hugh Patten
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When England cricketer Kenneth Waring dies of asphyxiation after a fire is set at a friend's house, the police have no doubt they are dealing with murder. The house belonged to Waring's patron and close friend Miriam Whitelaw who had a visitor the evening Waring died, her estranged daughter Olivia. Waring was separated from his wife Jeannie and had recently given her divorce papers. As well, his lover and agent Gabriella Patten, the ex-wife of a cricket teammate, has gone missing. Miriam had recently been attacked by animal rights activists which, unbeknown to her, included her daughter. When Waring's son confesses to the murder, Lynley has his doubts. Lynley decides they need a profiler on the case and not surprisingly hires Helen Clyde for the job but things don't go very well. Havers moves into her new flat. Written by garykmcd

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Thomas Lynley: Helen, I have respect for you on every level, but this is a murder case. It's not about us.
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Superior Adaptation...
13 April 2003 | by (ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha) – See all my reviews

Although many of the Inspector Lynley episodes are -- how can I say this? -- generally sluggish, in this one, writer Kate Wood injected real pathos and genuine moments of humor and chemistry between the detective duo of Lynley and Havers, making it an above-average entry to the series. I hope the BBC feel fit to hire her for future episodes.

The real standout in this episode is Neve McIntosh, genuinely moving in the role of Olivia...keep an eye on her performances in the future.


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