Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent (2011)

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The shooting of a former drug squad officer opens yet another intriguing case for DI Travis and her sidekick.

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Series cast summary:
 DI Anna Travis (3 episodes, 2011)
 DCS James Langton (3 episodes, 2011)
 DCI Mike Lewis (3 episodes, 2011)
 DS Paul Barolli (3 episodes, 2011)
Amanda Lawrence ...
 Joan Faukland (3 episodes, 2011)
 Marshall / ... (3 episodes, 2011)
Richard Clothier ...
 Pete Jenkins (3 episodes, 2011)
James Clyde ...
 Julias D'Anton / ... (3 episodes, 2011)
Stine Stengade ...
 Julia Larson (3 episodes, 2011)
 Sadie D'Anton (2 episodes, 2011)
 DCI Sam Power (2 episodes, 2011)
 Silas Roach (2 episodes, 2011)
Ashley George ...
 Eddie Court (2 episodes, 2011)
 Helga Nolan (2 episodes, 2011)
Kim Rømer ...
 Faber (2 episodes, 2011)
 Joshua White (2 episodes, 2011)
 Damian Nolan (2 episodes, 2011)
Enzo Squillino Jr. ...
 Danny Petrozzo (2 episodes, 2011)
 Andrej (2 episodes, 2011)
Callum Sutherland ...
 Frank Brandon (2 episodes, 2011)
 David Rushton (2 episodes, 2011)


DI Anna Travis reunited with DCS James Langton as they investigate the fatal shooting of Frank Brandon, an ex-police officer from the drug squad, whose body is found in a drug dealer s squat. Travis begins to uncover suspicious links between Brandon and the notorious drug-trafficker, Alexander Fitzpatrick, one of the most wanted men in the Western world who has eluded arrest for 20 years and has not been sighted until now. No one involved with the case can be trusted; witnesses, suspects, victims all appear to be lying. What can be so precious, valued, loved, that it s worth dying for? The answer lies behind a Deadly Intent. Written by Bye

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Loitering intent
11 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Typically busy, far-fetched crime drama from the well-worn pen of Lynda LapLante, played out as usual over three nights on prime-time ITV. Like its channel-mate "Trial and Retribution", it attempts to follow the successful trail of the Helen Mirren-starring "Prime Suspect" in laudably centring the sleuthing on a female character, in this case Kelly Reilly. However, whereas in "Prime Suspect", there was an undercurrent of down-to-earth realism, particularly in the lead character's portrayal, here you have to suspend all disbelief as Miss Reilly has to fend off almost everything in trousers, including the again almost cartoonishly over-the-top Ciaran Hinds as the tough-as-nails, bring-me-a-sandwich DCI to whom she reports.This she courts by permanently wearing a short skirt and high heels even when on muddy crime-scene locations together with pancaked make up and a pout that would put Victoria Beckham to shame.

Better to sidestep all this Betty Boop stuff, very possibly deliberate genre-subversion by LaPlante and concentrate on the story itself, which while lacking some originality as a heavyweight drug-dealer attempts to flood the UK with a deadly addictive drug and gets into complications with his ex-wife, her sister, his brother and a Columbian cartel hot on his trail, nevertheless by turns winds and rattles along to a big finish. Said drug-baron, to escape pursuit, pulls the old "Face-Off" transplant, before escaping the chasing Reilly and Hinds in a car versus plane set-piece, which I first remember seeing years ago, in "Charley Varrick".

At least the bad guy got away, reducing the perceived omnipotence of Reilly who seems blessed with the unfortunate gift of delayed-reaction photographic recall, which sees her periodically divine impossible clues just too late to help solve the actual case.

There's no doubt there'll be another entry in the series, if only to play out the hackneyed affair which has been beckoning for some time between the two leads. I'll watch it because I quite like high production TV crime procedurals, which this certainly is, but I won't kid myself that it's anything more than contrived pulp fiction at the end of the day.

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