When a dismembered and mutilated body of a beautiful young woman is found, the copycat murderer contacts a journalist to point out similarities to the infamous Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles in ...
DC Anna Travis joins a team on the hunt for a particularly gruesome serial killer. When the latest victim is found and doesn't fit the usual profile of the killer's victims, Travis sets out to prove herself.
A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.
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
Not so much "Above Suspicion" as "Beneath Contempt"
I gave it a chance, I really did, but La Plante's latest was as plodding as a flat-footed policeman.
This was a strictly by-the-numbers "thriller" that offered no thrills and little in the way of decent acting. Even the normally excellent Sylvia Syms was relegated to the role of a forelock-tugging housekeeper who may, or may not, have been involved in the case's frankly ludicrous conclusion.
As others have said, Ciarán Hinds was channeling the ghost of Jack Regan in his portrayal of the no-nonsense old-fashioned copper, even down to getting the women in the office to fetch his coffee and bacon sandwiches.
Female lead Kelly Reilly lacked the acting ability the role required, delivering her lines with all the passion of a sat nav while, as the prime suspect, Simon Williams wore out his dentures chewing the scenery.
Unfortunately, not even the excellent murder victim special effects could save the viewer from three turgid hours of this drivel. If anyone else had written this, it would never have been made, so I can only assume that La Plante used up one of her three lifelines to get this on prime time ITV.
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