The team connects Father Quinn to the 1967 club murder old case after he rescues Elizabeth at the hospital from from being murdered by the Turkish mafia and connects her questionable business practices with her kidnapping.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Félicité Du Jeu ...
Michelle / Elizabeth
Lisa Hogg ...
Teenage Michelle / Elizabeth
Elizabeth Barrett ...
Young Michelle
Adam Best ...
Cian Barry ...
Lynda Rooke ...


Eve matches prints on the gun to the Soho club and finds those of Father Quinn, visiting Elizabeth.He tells Boyd that when Elizabeth fled the convent she worked in a Soho club and sought his help after the deaths of the owner Topal and John Doe Mick. The man who shot Stella and was himself killed is a Turkish mafiosi but it seems the woman the priest helped at the club was really Elizabeth's twin, now captured by the Turks. Knight confesses he got a wealthy Turk to invest with him and when he lost the money he blamed Elizabeth and sent the Turks after her. The Turks also have got the real Tony who is being held with the twin 'Michelle'. Boyd saves her and learns that two twin sisters were born in 1952 in the convent but Elizabeth was adopted and 'Michelle' is the escapee who killed Topal in 1967, in self defence, with Mick also dying trying to save her. Accordingly Boyd cannot arrest her or Quinn. He gets to save Tony in a final shoot-out with the Turks but Stella is less fortunate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

7 September 2009 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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When Sister Margaret is shouting at teenage 26 just prior to beating her, 26 has a strand of hair almost horizontal just above her eyebrows after her face is slapped by Sister Margaret. This strand of hair then disappears, reappears then disappears again in successive shots. Then in the next scene after the adult Michelle's face is slapped she has a strand of hair from her left ear to left eye which then disappears, reappears then disappears again in successive shots. See more »


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Solid episode
30 July 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A review for the 2 part serial of Magdalene 26, I remember watching it during the original transmission and not being massively impressed with it, but after re-watching some years later i'd say it's actually a really good serial, what seemed like a confusing plot is actually well conceived and intelligent. The Turkish 'baddies' were particularly stereotypical, they kind of didn't work too well, and also the way that Stella's character exits I also thought was totally underwhelming, the negatives apart, the story was very impressive, although I'm not sure the Catholic Church would have been to impressed at how the Nuns of the 1960's were portrayed. Trevor Eve's Boyd is even more obstinate and ignorant in this one, Sharon Maughan does put in a fantastic performance, and in my humble opinion makes the episode. Solid 7/10

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