Wire in the Blood: Season 6, Episode 0

Prayer of the Bone (6 Apr. 2008)

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Tony Hill finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings when he travels to Texas to assist the local district attorney in the case of Darius Grady who is accused of murdering his wife and two ... See full summary »

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Anita Addison (as Naima Imani Lett)
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Darius Grady
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Julie Rice (as Marrille McCommas)
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Amare Phelps
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Ray Decosio
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Loren Grady (as Nicole Lin Taylor)
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Jake Grady
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Tony Hill finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings when he travels to Texas to assist the local district attorney in the case of Darius Grady who is accused of murdering his wife and two children. Tony had already met Grady when the latter was stationed at a US military base near Bradfield and was charged with the rape of a local 15-year old. He was sent home by the military before he could be prosecuted in the UK but is using the same defense in the murder of his family as he did then: that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from his service in Iraq. While he doesn't find that Grady is suffering from PTSD, Tony finds far too many holes in the case for him to believe Grady is guilty. Written by garykmcd

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Anita Addison: I've never slept with an Englishman before.
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Tartan Noir Transplanted to Texas?
24 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Psychologist Tony Hill (Robson Green) has been brought in from England to testify for the prosecution as to the mental state of a former soldier accused of murdering his wife and children in Texas. While stationed in England the man had been charged with statutory rape and interviewed by Tony but before he could be prosecuted, the military had him transferred back home to Texas.

This one off 90 minute episode is still an entertaining story but it's not as good as the regular series.

The changes apart from the locale include a different role for Tony in this case that of an expert witness, which I feel comes across as a less interesting view of the proceedings than that of assisting in the investigation. Also there are no regular supporting characters, although Tony does call DI Alex Fielding (Simone Lahbib) and get her voice mail, which just served to point out for me how much I missed her character. There are also a few Hollywood contrivances that take away from the story structure.

Maybe British audiences like the change to an American locale but it doesn't seem as appealing to me. The sweltering Texas heat and arid sun drenched vistas are certainly a change from the English landscape but they don't appreciably improve the presentation in my opinion.

The supporting cast is competent but none of the characters stand out particularly, perhaps because they are a little too thinly drawn and possibly somewhat caricatured.

A very similar approach by another British series Kavangh QC in which the primary character journeyed to the American South to lend his expertise. The biggest problem with that episode was its condescending attitude towards America and while it's by and large avoided here there are still some traces of that attitude in the production. The series Cracker also did a one off episode in Hong Kong with only one supporting character, and my conclusion from all three is that the supporting cast is integral to these series.


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