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The Spartacus Thing 

After being released from prison after only 18 months for the strangling of his wife and dog, a murderer is found strangled by a dog chain.

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Ian Kelsey ...
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DS Butchers
Nicholas Murchie ...
DS Shap
Saskia Wickham ...
Det Supt Louise Hogg
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Vinny McAteer
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Margi McAteer
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Colin McAteer / Stephen McAteer
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Paula Hickson / Lynne Aziz
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Saadiq Aziz
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Pete Lewis
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Michael Lewis (as Geoff Breton)
Ceallach Spellman ...
Tom Lewis
Eden Garrity ...
Ellie Lewis
Rosanna Brett ...
Charlotte Lewis
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Alan Hickson strangles his wife, Paula, with a dog chain after she drowns his dog in the garden pond, and is sentenced to three years in prison. He is released after having only served 18 months, but he is soon found dead - having been strangled with a dog chain. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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3 November 2006 (UK)  »

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DCI Janine Lewis: Catching killer... juggling life... it's all in a day's work.
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The Truth is at the bottom of a whisky glass, or is it glass of whisky?
15 June 2008 | by (Olliergues, France) – See all my reviews

The gadget in this particular episode is that all members of a family except one confess to a crime, all of them with no alibi and with the same motive, to avenge their dead sister, aunt, or whatever killed by her husband some one year and a half before and leniently convicted and sentenced by the judge who tried him because the wife had been an alcoholic who had willfully killed his dog in the most provocative way. The police case is not put upside down that much by the trick though, but it is too intricately psychological especially with several alcoholics in the band. But it is fun to calculate how long the ambulance takes to arrive on the scene of a near suicide where they are urgently needed. There must be a waiting list on ambulances I guess. Murders that are only the result of twisted family loyalty when these loyalties get broken and perverted by alcohol, illegitimate love affairs and illegitimate children, and all you can imagine. But it is fun to see the back side of public houses of alcoholic inebriation and intoxication known as pubs and their dealers the publicans.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines


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