Leo feels guilty when Helen kills herself,leaving an explanation on Camcorder that she took the tissues to further scientific research. Aware that Mears killed more women than he was ... See full summary »

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Roger Alborough ...
DI Stroud
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Annie Farmer
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Andy Farmer
Elliot Birch ...
Young Mears
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Mears' Father
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Arnold Mears
Rita Davies ...
Mears' Mother
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DI Gladwyn
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William Gaminara ...
Sally Giles ...
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Dave Mounfield ...
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Helen Karamides
Tom Ward ...
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Leo feels guilty when Helen kills herself,leaving an explanation on Camcorder that she took the tissues to further scientific research. Aware that Mears killed more women than he was imprisoned for, Leo tells the police about the arrangement with Annie,scaring Andy, who believes that Mears will have his mother murdered for the breach of trust. It is also revealed that Annie believes her daughter was one of Mears' victims,hence her involvement with him. When Annie disappears Nikki visits Mears,who agrees to tell her about all his other victims. He appears to have won his mind game with her but his possessiveness over his copy of 'Paradise Lost' and Nikki's chance remark about an elderly lady she met who knew Mears yield results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven
4 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nikki and Harry are called to the site of Helen Karamides suicide, together with Leo they see her suicide tape. Helen had been the pathologist for the victims of Arnold Mears and interviewed him many times, trying to link evidence of shaken baby syndrome in him. Mears learns of Annie's conversation with Nikki, it transpires Annie's daughter Tina went missing, he's given her a lead. Nikki becomes convinced that Mears had an accomplice, alarm bells are raised when Annie goes missing. Nikki visits Mears attempting to gain Annie's whereabouts, she learns more about his childhood after recounting her recent visit to the church he grew up at, and her conversations with an old lady there. A desperate search for Annie begins.

Helen's tape is particularly grim and morbid. Just when you think they can't make the more bleak they throw that at you. Some of the torture scenes are a bit graphic, as his self harming head bashing scene.

I would still argue the story would have made a better waking the dead, but it is very engaging and hugely watchable. It's dark, but it is easy to follow, very very sad.

What a truly lovely performance from elderly actress Rita Davies, who played the mother of Arnold Mears. A true living legend, still working (2015) in her nineties, she debuted back in 1938. Class!!

Overall well worth watching, excellent production values, superb acting, and an unusual storyline. 8/10


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