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.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2009  
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Exile (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A father and son story, with a thriller motor. It explores a mystery from the past with a brutal and shocking revelation.

Stars: John Simm, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman
The Field of Blood (TV Series 2011)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Glasgow 1982, a young girl investigates mysterious murders in a world of men.

Stars: Matt Costello, Jayd Johnson, Bronagh Gallagher
Undeniable (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

25 years ago, Jane saw a man killing her mother. Today, she's a well adjusted wife and mother herself. While having a physical, she notices a doctor who looks like the killer and reports him. No one believes her - except one cop.

Stars: Claire Goose, Alisha Kelly, Felix Scott
Chasing Shadows I (2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A missing persons unit investigate serial killers who target the impressionable and vulnerable.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston, Don Warrington
What Remains (2013)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.

Stars: David Threlfall, Denise Gough, Lisa Millett
The Guilty (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lives are torn apart and relationships fractured forever when a four-year-old boy goes missing during a neighbourhood barbecue.

Stars: Arsher Ali, Tom Beard, Darren Boyd
Collision (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Dean Lennox Kelly, Lucy Griffiths
Injustice (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A defense barrister is faced with the proposition: what can you do when you have defended the indefensible?

Stars: James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Sasha Behar
A Mother's Son (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Martin Clunes, Paul McGann
The Widower (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A three-part drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Kate Fleetwood, James Laurenson
Code of a Killer (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Sir Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Stars: John Simm, Anna Madeley, David Threlfall
Lightfields (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tragic death in 1944 sends ghostly ripples down the years ensuring that the truth will eventually surface, whatever the cost.

Stars: Dakota Blue Richards, Alexander Aze, Michael Byrne
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 DI George Bennett (3 episodes, 2008)
...
 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)
Edit

Storyline

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 a 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tett helyszíne  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Aired in the USA as a two-part movie on PBS, November 1 and 8, 2009. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?