Blue Murder (2003–2009)
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Fragile Relations 

The arson murder of a socially-conscious mullah in Manchester's Pakistani community stirs simmering racial tensions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Kelsey ...
Nicholas Murchie ...
Sushil Chudasama ...
Jameel Khan
Barry Peters
Renu Setna ...
Iman Farzad
Khalid Khan
Tariq Jordan ...
Wahid Khan
Mark Clayton
Suraj Dass ...
Rizwan Hussein


The arson murder of Ali Raffiq, a mullah and social activist in Manchester's Pakistani community, is viewed initially as a hate crime by the police. DCI Lewis and her team enlist the help of Shaz Chowdhary, a community relations liaison, and although the evidence initially points to Mark Clayton, head of the local Britons First party, Lewis comes to increasingly feel that trail of the murderer will lead them into the Muslim community. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 September 2004 (UK)  »

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Racial tensions
21 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

A 24-year-old mullah (Muslim priest) is killed when his apartment is set on fire. Initially, suspicions fall on the far-right elements of Manchester, and in particular on one politician who had a public debate with the victim on TV, but then other facts begin to surface, like a possible secret love affair of the mullah which might have caused resentment within his own community. DCI Janine Lewis calls for a Muslim detective to assist her on the case, as racial tensions in the area mount.

This is an interesting story with a politically relevant subtext. Ultimately, the episode comes to the only sensible conclusion - there are good and bad people on both sides of the fence, and racial divides are often put on by people not because they believe in them, but for sheer personal gain. As with the previous episodes, you have to pay attention if you want to keep up with the story - this is not a series you can "half-watch". *** out of 4.

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