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One Guilty Deed 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 27 July 2006
The case against a mobster seems to fall apart with the killing of a potential informant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Hepple ...
Roger Pollard
Gabrielle Palmer ...
Tess Pollard
Sergeant Barbara Havers
DC Winston Nkata
DS Hansford
Trevor Byfield ...
Frankie Baker (as Zig Byfield)
Esther Hall ...
Carly Baker
Diana Payan ...
Stuart Laing ...
Daniel Gill
Jodi Albert ...
Deborah Sheridan-Taylor ...
Erika Pollard
Abby Rakic-Platt ...
Nicky Warren


Roger Pollard was a member of a London criminal gang run by Michael Shand. When Pollard is found on a beach shot through the head, DI Lynley and DS Havers assume Shand is responsible. They are surprised however to learn that Pollard had grown up locally, making him an easy target for anyone trying to learn his whereabouts. Havers is in her element as she used to go to a holiday camp in the area as a child. She becomes convinced that the death of a young boy from the holiday camp, Martin McRae, some twenty years before is the key to solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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After Lynley & Havers finish unpacking at the caravan park, they go out for a drink at an establishment that is playing Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue". All of the young pattrons are up and dancing '50s style. Barbara says to Tommy, "Did you ever dance like that back in the day". Tommy replies, "That'll be the day". A clever script insert referring also to Buddy Holly. See more »


Michael Shand: I don't know what tree you're barkin' up, Inspector, but I can assure you it's the wrong one.
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Follows The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Word of God (2005) See more »


Smooth Operator
(1984) (uncredited)
Written by Sade (as Sade Adu) and Ray St. John
Performed by karaoke singer at seaside pub
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truly excellent
2 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Inspector Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers investigate "One Guilty Deed" in this season 5 episode.

When a criminal who is turning state's evidence is murdered in his home town, Lynley and Havers get the case. The home town is seaside and a place where Havers spent many happy childhood summers with her brother in a seaside caravan. She's thrilled and excited to be there. There is only one caravan left that she and Lynley share; he's less than thrilled about roughing it.

Havers befriends a woman who lives in the town, whom she remembers from her childhood. As she and Lynley attempt to sort through what happened, the gangster they suspect of murdering their victim is also killed.

Havers begins to suspect the murders may be tied to the death of a little boy who had drowned years before.

What makes this episode so good is that it starts in one direction and goes into another, and also we get to see a new, cheery side of Havers as she belts out karaoke at a local club.

Lynley is in a foul mood, particularly at the beginning. Both actors do a wonderful job, and the seaside resort looks like incredible fun, particularly an old building with turquoise turrets. Being American, I was not familiar with caravan parks or, in fact, caravans, so the episode was especially fascinating.

This is one of the better Lynleys, mixing a dark, sad story with some lighter moments.

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