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The Shadow in the North (2007)

Sally Lockhart and friends investigate the disappearance of a steamship, a magician who is threatened by thugs, a psychic with dark visions, and heartless industrialist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Axel Bellmann
Doña Croll ...
Nellie Budd (as Dona Croll)
Nicholas Bedwell
Webster Garland
Antonia Pemberton ...
Miss Walsh
Alistair MacKinnon
Richard Clews ...
Mr. Windlesham
Peter Whittington ...


Sally Lockheart now runs her own financial consulting business, while her friends Fred and Jim have opened a detective agency. But when one of her clients looses money over a vanishing steamship, Sally and the young detectives join forces again. The mystery leads them to threatened stage magician and a medium with a dark vision. Sally must also face an old enemy. Written by L. Hamre

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30 December 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra del norte  »

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The striped dress Billie Piper (Sally Lockhart) wears is the same costume previously worn in North & South (2004) by Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) and in Bleak House (2005) by Gillian Anderson (Lady Dedlock). See more »


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Pure cheese
29 September 2008 | by (Philadelphia, United States) – See all my reviews

This is not at all what I expect from "Mystery!" Unless intended as farce, in which case it did not succeed either, I found the production far-fetched, and fraught with 21st century sensibilities and laxity.

Why did Sally only wear a hat to visit the villain? Was it 1875 when she was investigating, but 1970 or later in the rest of the story? I would have expected her to cover her head whenever she went out, with the exception of emergency.

And though very funny (*Was* it an attempt at farce?), during the scene at the Patent Office, I wasn't sure whether the Anglo-Asian clerk was befuddled by Sally because she was a woman or ineptly flirting with her.

To quote Sherlock Holmes, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." This production eliminated none of the impossible, and so we are left wallowing in disbelief at what we are expected to accept as the "truth" of the story.

Not being a reader of Pullman, I cannot comment on how true it is to the book on which it was based. Perhaps Mr. Pullman deserves the blame for my incredulity?

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