The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Season 2, Episode 1

Playing for the Ashes (10 Mar. 2003)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 190 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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



(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4273 titles
created 06 Apr 2012
a list of 39 titles
created 26 Oct 2012
a list of 6 titles
created 06 Feb 2013
a list of 2280 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
a list of 104 titles
created 12 Jan 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Playing for the Ashes (10 Mar 2003)

Playing for the Ashes (10 Mar 2003) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
« Previous Episode | 6 of 23 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Swinburne ...
Gabriella Patten
Mark Brighton ...
Kenneth Waring
Inspector Ardery
Ruth Gemmell ...
Jeannie Waring
William Scott-Masson ...
Miriam Whitelaw
Joe Duttine ...
Chris Faraday
Olivia Whitelaw
Curtis Flowers ...
Jimmy Waring
Daisy Beaumont ...
Peter Crawford ...
Andrew Clover ...
Hugh Patten


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


Not Rated


Official Sites:



Release Date:

10 March 2003 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Thomas Lynley: [to Helen about Waring] Weak man, great cricketer.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

very good
6 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small star as Inspector Lynley and his associate Barbara Havers in "Playing for the Ashes," the first episode in the second year of this popular series.

Having seen many of the later episodes, I found the relationship between Lynley and Havers more genial and lighthearted, with Lynley in a better mood than he is later on when all his real problems with Helen start. Here, they're just in the predating stage and he doesn't realize what he's in for yet. Never liked that character.

The two are called upon to investigate the death of a cricket champion, beloved by many both personally and professionally. There's his foster mother (Phyllis Logan of "Lovejoy"), his ex-wife, his manager, and his foster mother's daughter Olivia (Neve McIntosh), all of whom adored him. Olivia is mixed up with an animal rights group whose m.o. is similar to the way the cricket player was murdered.

As usual, there are personal issues for both the detectives: Lynley and his attempts to draw Helen into a relationship, and Havers has moved into a new place.

Very good episode.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspector Lynley or Inspector Lewis which is better? NEPatsFan83
Why a new Helen john-4385
I don’t understand why... gnyg
Hayer's wierd face? quinntheeskimo
Lynley and Havers - the ideal couple. jcbrez
Is this series over in the UK? georgigems
Discuss Playing for the Ashes (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: