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Tournament of Shadows 

A Jewish man is murdered, and it soon becomes clear that he had uncovered a complex spy plot involving striking workers and the Russian secret police.



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Peter Morris
Justin Avoth ...
Joshua Bloom
David Verrey ...


Joshua Bloom is killed in an explosion at his house, supposedly by one of his homemade bombs as he was a member of a radical Jewish group. The group is linked to a strike at the docks, but Jackson establishes that Joshua was murdered. Joshua's brother Isaac tells Reid it was because he had recognized a spy for the Russian secret police, who had come to Whitechapel. Going undercover as a striker, Jackson identifies the spy, whose assignment is to whip up hatred against Jewish groups by launching a bombing campaign for which the Jews will be blamed. Reid is appalled to learn that the thuggish special branch officer, Constantine, approves this. Reid has to prevent a bombing outrage on a scale far larger than Constantine had imagined. Reid also confides in Deborah Goren how he lost his daughter, whose body was never found after a boating accident. They kiss but are observed by Drake. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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23 February 2013 (USA)  »

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One of the reviews points out Volsky's anachronistic reference to Czar Nicholas' assassination in 1917 is made in 1889. He's right that if Nicholas was being referenced, it would be incorrect, but as a matter of historical fact, it is obvious that Czar Alexander II, who was assassinated in 1881, was being alluded to. See more »


Several union banners are printed in Gill Sans, a typeface not created until the 1920s. See more »


Volsky: The chess game our two empires are playing in India, Persia, Afghanistan, this is the game we play here in London. Do you know what we call it in Russia? Tuniry teney, "tournament of shadows." And that is what you are chasing, Inspector, a shadow. And the closer you try to shine your little torch the less you will ever see.
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La Traviata
(1853) (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (as Giuseppi Verdi)
[Heard on child's music box]
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Twisting of historical facts, (not) as expected.
13 January 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Really, can anyone swallow this load of baloney? Events turned upside down. Tsar killed in 19th century? (Actually 1917, 20th century, while the series takes place in late 19th, 1880's 1890's). Do they think that we are that stupid, and that that we don't have the access to the Internet. Who needs propaganda on this scale? Major insult on EVERYONE's intelligence. Russia was battling Bolsheviks until they took over in 1917, killing the entire royal family: Tsar Nicholas II, along with his wife, Tsaritsa Alexandra, their 14-year-old son, Tsarevich Alexis, and their four daughters, in cold blood. This is a criminal reviewing of the history. A great disappointment from a series that had started in a grand way.

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