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Paradise Lost: Part 1 

Leo gives evidence at a custody hearing in the wake of a child's death,his opinion over-ruling that of Dr Helen Karamides,which annoys her former pupil Nikki,who sees Helen as the victim of... See full summary »





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Mears
Elliot Birch ...
Young Mears
Dr. Harry Cunningham
Dr. Nikki Alexander
William Gaminara ...
Professor Leo Dalton
Judge Royston
Helen Karamides
Harry Burton ...
Counsel 1
James Reagan
Annie Farmer
Counsel 2
Dave Mounfield ...
Prison Officer (as David Mounfield)
Stephen McGlynn ...
Alexander Kirk ...
Paul Bewley
Tobi Bakare ...
Andy Farmer


Leo gives evidence at a custody hearing in the wake of a child's death,his opinion over-ruling that of Dr Helen Karamides,which annoys her former pupil Nikki,who sees Helen as the victim of the male establishment and cannot believe the accusation that Helen is retaining tissue samples from past cases. Nikki is also approached by Andy Farmer. His mother Annie was the appropriate adult at the interview with serial killer Arnold Mears,who now directs Annie to the sites of his victims' remains where she collects their bones. Andy wants Nikki to help identify them. Nikki also discovers that Helen had a professional involvement with Mears. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Very grim but watchable opening episode.
4 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Leo is brought in to give evidence in a trial looking at the tragic case of a baby's death. Leo's evidence states shaken baby syndrome, opposing his is Helen Karamides, a fellow pathologist with extreme views, the courts side with Leo, Helen is further discredited when it turns out she's been carrying out unethical experiments. Convicted killer Arnold Mears, guilty the dead of several young women has teased appropriate adult and long term visitor Annie Farmer, he's handed over directions to bones, hinting at further victims. Mears has an obsession with the poem Paradise lost. Annie's collected the bones and hidden them in jars at home. Harry calls in an air condition technician, turns out he's Annie's son, he trusts in Nikki and leads her to the remains. Helen hands Leo a package, and later that night takes her own life.

This is very very dark story, both story threads running through Paradise Lost are pretty harrowing, we have the two Pathologists in conflict, and we have the woman desperate to find the truth about her daughter. We have the team itself in conflict, Nikki at odds with Leo.

The link between Helen Karamides and Arnold Mears was a little confusing at the end, there was no real explanation as to why she was seeing him prior to her death.

James Cosmo is always good value as the bad guy too, he's great and truly looks the part. Tragic part for Pooky Quesnel too. The acting is first rate in this episode. Rakie Ayola is just wonderful, almost like a character plucked out of the 1960's she's very enjoyable, I love her Cardiff accent too.

Definitely a taste around this time for stories of the ultra macabre, if that's the sort of story you like, you will love Paradise Lost. At times segments look as though they've been plucked out of a Horror movie.

8/10, it's a story I always thought would have been better in Waking the dead, it has that dark vibe to it, but it works very well.

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