A young girl mysteriously vanishes from her English village home. 45 years later, a journalist's attempts to make a documentary on the case threaten to shatter the lives of all involved.




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Series cast summary:
 DI George Bennett (3 episodes, 2008)
Emma Cunniffe ...
 Ruth Hawkin (3 episodes, 2008)
 Old George Bennett (3 episodes, 2008)
 Catherine Heathcote (3 episodes, 2008)
Elizabeth Day ...
 Sasha Heathcote (3 episodes, 2008)
 DS Tommy Clough (3 episodes, 2008)
 Philip Hawkin (3 episodes, 2008)
Poppy Goodburn ...
 Alison Carter (3 episodes, 2008)
 Charlie Lomas (3 episodes, 2008)
Danny Tennant ...
 PC Swindells (3 episodes, 2008)
Sheila Reid ...
 Ma Lomas (3 episodes, 2008)
 Keith Slocombe (3 episodes, 2008)
Joy Blakeman ...
 Kathy Lomas (3 episodes, 2008)
 Nicola Curry (3 episodes, 2008)
Liz Moscrop ...
 Laura (3 episodes, 2008)
 DCI Culver (2 episodes, 2008)
Romy Baskerville ...
 Margaret Bennett (2 episodes, 2008)
Dave Hill ...
 Old Tommy Clough (2 episodes, 2008)
 Judge Sampson (2 episodes, 2008)
Chris Brailsford ...
 Dan Crowther (2 episodes, 2008)
Leena Dhingra ...
 Dr. Panaseer (2 episodes, 2008)
Miranda Williams ...
 Young Catherine (2 episodes, 2008)
Paul Wyett ...
 Don Smart (2 episodes, 2008)
Dirk Smith ...
 PC Dawson (2 episodes, 2008)


In 1963, Alison Carter left her home in the small English village of Scardale and vanished. The mystery devastated the community and captivated police officer George Bennett. In modern day London, journalist Catherine Heathcote is putting the finishing touches on her documentary about the case. However, the previously helpful Bennett, now in his seventies, suddenly pulls out of the film. What makes him hesitant to discuss the case that made him a hero? The past and present interweave as both Bennett and Heathcote attempt to unravel the mysteries. Written by L. Hamre

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Terrific adaptation of a fine thriller
28 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finished reading Val McDermid's excellent thriller, "Place of Execution," a couple of weeks ago, and enjoyed it enough to pickup the DVD of the miniseries of the same name. I have now seen it and cannot praise it highly enough. Despite the complexities of the story, with its twin time lines and intersecting stories, it worked, I thought. Val McDermid co-wrote the screenplay, which I loved. Despite some changes from the book, do doubt made to tighten the story, it works.

"Place of Execution" is morally ambiguous, to say the least, the darkest of dark tales. It asks the question, When must the truth be sacrificed because justice requires it. The question is never answered but that's a good thing. Instead, we are left to ponder.

The arrogant Philip Hawkin is the squire of the remote village of Scardale. Hawkin, well played with malevolently superciliousness by Greg Wise, has a wife and 13 year old stepdaughter, both of whom had lived in the village long before Hawkin came along. In 1963 the stepdaughter, Allison, disappears and the evidence developed by the police sets afoot this stark morality play, the facts of which are not fully revealed until 40 years later. To say more would deprive you of the rich pleasures of seeing the truth revealed a layer at a time. After that, you will be left to decide the justice of the matter.

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