The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Season 4, Episode 3

The Seed of Cunning (31 Mar. 2005)

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Lynley and Havers investigate the beating death of a doorkeeper at Parliament.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Pearse ...
Eric Ramsey
Sophie Bould ...
Glyn Williams ...
Digicam Man
Janet Dale ...
Marie Ramsey
David Mallinson ...
Peter Bellamy
Bob Tamworth
Black Rod
Richard Henders ...
Tim Sadler
Clive Merrison ...
Geoffrey Cramond
Simon Featherstonehaugh
Laetitia Gane
Gawn Grainger ...
David Thompson


When the body of a doorkeeper in the House of Lords is found floating in the Thames, Lynley gets a chance to reunite with an old school mate, who heads a powerful committee deciding what missile defense system to buy. Havers, impressed with the setting, spends her nights meeting men through a dating service. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Lynley investigates at the House of Lords
7 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nathanial Parker and Sharon Small star in a fourth season episode of the Inspector Lynley series, "The Seed of Cunning," from 2005. After a doorkeeper is found floating in the Thames with his hands tied behind his back, DI Lynley and partner Havers start questioning people. Turns out the victim had problems with gambling, but before any conclusion can be drawn, there's another murder.

Suspects abound here, and the problem eventually centers around a committee due to make a determination about missile defense to buy, the American or the European, and an old school chum of Lynley's is head of the committee.

As usual, the detectives' personal situations mix with the professional. I've watched these out of order, so imagine my surprise when I found out that at this point, Lynley has married Helen (I always thought he could do better) but they are separated and he can't find her. Havers is meeting men through a dating service.

Very good episode in a wonderful series. A hunky leading man always helps, but the scripts truly are good.

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