DCI Roisin Connor finds herself investigating the death of Angela Dutton who either jumped, or was pushed, off her balcony falling several stories to her death. Connor isn't pleased to ...
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DCI Roisin Connor finds herself investigating the death of Angela Dutton who either jumped, or was pushed, off her balcony falling several stories to her death. Connor isn't pleased to learn that Det. Chief Supt. Walker has been asked to keep an eye on the case. The autopsy reveals that Angela was struck on the back of the head before her fall. Angela was a prostitute who worked at her boyfriend's private members sex club. When Connor learns that Angela's mother Susan Delray was killed in 1990 and the case remains unsolved, she explores the possibility that the two deaths are somehow connected. When she discovers that a cabinet minister, a judge and a senior police officer were involved with Susan Delray, the case takes on a new dimension. Written by
I'm not complaining but this miniseries from the fertile mind of Lynda La Plante just about falls into the soft porn category British Division. Our intrepid detectives, Walker (David Hayman) and Connor (the world's youngest DCI and Irish to boot, played by Victoria Smurfit) investigate a murder or is it two? associated with a High Class spanking club run by the charismatic Colin Thorpe, played by the very charismatic Colin Salmon. In order to crack the case Walker, who really ought to know better having been in every "Trial and Retribution" to date, sleeps with a prime suspect, and Connor takes part in an ill-conceived undercover operation as a bondage mistress (it must be said she does look the part). Along the way we are showered with details of just what goes on in the club, much use being made of the split screen, a technique which I thought had its day years ago, often so we wouldn't miss out on some sexy bit. Of course we get a result, but it is more or less by accident.
There have been lots of cop series showing the cops as less than perfect La Plante's own excellent Prime Suspect series with Helen Mirren being an example. But this lot is a bunch of clots. Constantly quarrelling, missing obvious clues and misbehaving with suspects and witnesses, they take three times longer than anyone else to solve the crime, even though the "establishment" opposition to their investigation is no more than pro forma. This is not endearing eccentric behaviour from lovable curmudgeons like Morse or Frost, but incompetence at a level which makes (say) Robbie Ross from "Taggart" look like a model of professionalism.
Entertaining? Well, up to a point. Visually, it was an interesting production (the opening sequence for example) but I did feel we got rather more sexual imagery than the story required. At times it seemed the director was thinking just what he could get away with, without really trying to advance the storyline, which was not a bad one. But how these coppers survived a debriefing without getting sacked will remain the biggest mystery.
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