Above Suspicion (2009–2012)
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The Red Dahlia: Part 1 

The discovery of the mutilated body of a young woman seems to echo that of the notorious unsolved Los Angeles 'Black Dahlia' murder of the 1940s.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Lawrence ...
Stuart Organ ...
DCI Morgan
Sharon Bilkin
Louise Pennel
Veronica Malins
Hildegard Neil ...
Mrs. Florence Pennel
Claire Benedict ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Mrs. Hughes (as Olwen Fouéré)


D.C.I. Langton takes charge when the body of would-be model Louise Pennell is found,sliced in half and with her mouth mutilated into a smile. D.C. Anna Travis discovers that newspaper journalist Richard Reynolds had received anonymous typed letters from somebody likening the murder to that of a girl nick-named the Black Dahlia in America in 1947,which was never solved. The letters call Louise the Red Dahlia. Her flat-mate tells Anna that Louise has answered an advertisement for a personal assistant and was receiving gifts from a mysterious older man. Then Richard gets a phone call,which he tapes,from somebody claiming to be the killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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4 January 2010 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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DCI James Langton: [to his team abou the murder] I want a tight lid on this - complete press embargo.
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standard TV police procedural
24 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

A woman cut in half is found in a park. DC Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) connects the case to the murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947 L.A. It was the infamous Black Dahlia case. The victim is Louise Pennel and her case is dubbed the Red Dahlia. Another victim is discovered. Anna sleeps with journalist Richard Reynolds who reports the details of the case. Her boss DCI James Langton (Ciarán Hinds) is angered by the leak.

It's the second series of the Lynda La Plante novels. Recycling the Black Dahlia case doesn't bode well for originality. There isn't anything new that countless TV police procedural haven't done. Anna is a sexual character and I have no problem with the show playing up that part. I still have problems with her flirting with Langton. However, the two leads are solid and makes this more than what it is.

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