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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 DC Anna Travis (3 episodes, 2010)
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 DCI James Langton (3 episodes, 2010)
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 DI Mike Lewis (3 episodes, 2010)
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 DS Paul Barolli (3 episodes, 2010)
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 DC Barbara Maddox (3 episodes, 2010)
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 DC Joan Faukland (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Commander Jane Leigh (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Sharon Bilkin (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Louise Pennel (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Charles Wickenham (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Veronica Malins (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Mrs. Hedges (2 episodes, 2010)
Edward Bennett ...
 Edward Wickenham (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Richard Reynolds (2 episodes, 2010)
Victoria Grove ...
 Justine Wickenham (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Emily Wickenham (2 episodes, 2010)
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Detective Anna Travis is working on a murder case that has created a media frenzy. The victim, Louise Pennel, a 24-year-old girl, was last seen in a London night club. Her body later dumped, horrifically mutilated and drained of blood. Her death is an ominous mirror image of an unsolved 1940s case in Los Angeles known as "The Black Dahlia". Detective Sergeant Anna Travis must race against time to catch this copycat killer. Written by Drew North

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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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