When a local student is reported missing and is later found dead Creegan and the OSC's investigations lead them to a group of sixth-formers who are addicted to 'Amathus'. The pattern of the... See full summary »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Kotz ...
Mary Cunningham ...
Linda Henry ...
Justine Barber
Toby Salaman ...
Leonard Stoker
Jack McCaffrey
Mo Morrison
Daniel Newman ...
Vince Wilson
Craig Jones
Hazel Ellerby ...
Mrs. Wilson
Patrick Monckton ...
Mr. Wilson
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Eileen McCaffrey


When a local student is reported missing and is later found dead Creegan and the OSC's investigations lead them to a group of sixth-formers who are addicted to 'Amathus'. The pattern of the killings seems to echo the manner in which Justine Barber, a prostitute,killed seven pimps fifteen years earlier,for which she is now serving a life sentence. Creegan discovers that the 'Amathus' web-master Leonard Stoker,is obsessed with Jusstine and arranges for her to be released from prison to help him trap Stoker - though he also has to stop his colleague D.S. Kreitman from taking the law into his own hands. Written by don @ minifie-1

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3 June 1997 (UK)  »

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Justine Barber: What's that?
Creegan: A bullet hole.
Justine Barber: Lying bastard! Is he lying?
D.I. Susan Taylor: No.
Justine Barber: Bloody hell!
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Dangers on the net
28 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

These comments refer to both parts of this two-episode case not just episode two.

As this episode opens several attacks against horses have taken place around the world; one in Japan, three in Kent and one in the United States each taking place at midnight local time. At first there is no obvious link but then the Japanese student who carried out the attack there admits that he did so after being instructed to do so by an occult website called 'Amathus'. The OSC are convinced that the events are being controlled from the UK as three of the attacks took place in a small area of England. As they investigate we see a group of four teenagers; it turns out that they were all meant to attack a horse but one wouldn't go through with it… something that turns his friends against him when they find out. Inevitably it isn't long before Amathus has ordered them to kill. When they do there are similarities to a series of murders that took place fifteen years previously… a Plymouth prostitute who killed several pimps. If Creegan and the team are to find the person behind Amathus they will have to enlist her help. Away from the case D.S. Kreitman has told Creegan that he shot Professor Hicks at the end of the series' first case… Creegan must now decide what to do; he has the man's confession but no actual evidence.

This story was a decent enough conclusion to the first season of 'Touching Evil' even certain aspects are somewhat dated. This is largely because of how the internet has changed over the last twenty years from something that comparatively few people used to being ubiquitous. This isn't really a problem though; the recruited youngsters are suitably unpleasant and the way the case changes after they are caught and attention switches to finding the man behind then with the help of a convicted killer was interesting and not something I'd expected early on. The secondary story involving Kreitman was also rather good even if the way the two story lines finally intertwine was more than a little melodramatic. The cast does a good job, especially the regulars but also Linda Henry as the convicted killer who helps the team. Overall a solid enough story… I look forward to seeing what the second season will provide.

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