After a three-year old boy disappears, suspicion points to his father until DNA tests prove that the body found in the sewer does not belong to him.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Quentin ...
Ian Kelsey ...
Paul Loughran ...
Nicholas Murchie ...
Rhea Bailey ...
DC Goddard
Saskia Wickham ...
Det. Supt. Louise Hogg
Emily Saunders
Fiona Wray
Paul Venables ...
Clive Wray
Lynsey Baxter ...
Claire Wray
Sarah Wray
Joe Breeley
Mandy Breeley
Kevin Kennedy ...
Donny McAvoy
Eamonn Riley ...
Ken Stafford


Less than two weeks after 3 year old Sammy Wray goes missing from a children's playground, a child's body is found in a sewer. DCI Lewis is leading the inquiry and the pathologist's report cites the cause of death as a blow to the skull. The investigation soon reveals that the boy's father, Clive Wray, is lying to them about his whereabouts the day the boy went missing. His ex-wife is known to have made threats against his new family and she becomes a suspect as well. The case is thrown into chaos however when DNA testing reveals that the dead boy isn't Sammy Wray. The police now have two cases to solve and it's back to square one interviewing Sammy parents, neighbors, workmen and any others who might have be in the area when Sammy disappeared. They're convinced his disappearance and the death of another child of the same age have to be connected but there is no apparent link. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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27 October 2006 (UK)  »

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The title is a clue
26 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

A 3-year-old boy is abducted while playing in a park; soon afterwards the dead body of a boy of similar age and height is discovered in a sewer. While waiting for the DNA report to confirm the identity of the victim, DCI Janine Lewis and her team start their investigation assuming there is a match - but what if there isn't?

While it's not a bad mystery by any means, and in fact it does a good job of misleading the viewer and has fine acting especially by the moms, "Make Believe" is probably the weakest episode of the series so far. I blame mostly the long sequence in the middle where Janine goes to a party, gets drunk, insults Richard's new girlfriend (played by a stunning Shelley Conn) and sings karaoke off-key. I guess the purpose of the scene is to show the more "loose" side of Janine, but it plays out rather awkwardly. **1/2 out of 4.

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