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Killer Net 

Students get involved in a violent Internet-based game, around the same time as a series of murders - is there a connection?.


Lynda La Plante






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Series cast summary:
Gareth Marks Gareth Marks ...  Dome 4 episodes, 1998
Chris Barfoot Chris Barfoot ...  Jimmy 4 episodes, 1998
Paul Bettany ...  Joe Hunter 4 episodes, 1998
Kathy Brolly Kathy Brolly ...  Charlotte 4 episodes, 1998
Martin Hobbs Martin Hobbs ...  Jammy 4 episodes, 1998
Simon Meacock ...  Scruffy 4 episodes, 1998
Tam Williams Tam Williams ...  Scott Miller 4 episodes, 1998
Emily Woof ...  Susie 4 episodes, 1998
Jason Orange Jason Orange ...  DJ Brent Moyer 3 episodes, 1998
Lee Ingleby ...  Gordon 3 episodes, 1998
Laura Heath Laura Heath ...  Jill 3 episodes, 1998
Joanna Griffiths ...  Randy 3 episodes, 1998
Ilaria D'Elia ...  Judy - Game 3 episodes, 1998
Natalie Loveridge Natalie Loveridge ...  Sharon - Game 3 episodes, 1998
Zöe Lucker Zöe Lucker ...  Carol 3 episodes, 1998
Richard McCabe ...  D.I. Colby 3 episodes, 1998
Sara Stephens Sara Stephens ...  Tracy 3 episodes, 1998
Martin Turner ...  Alec Frogton 3 episodes, 1998
George Maguire George Maguire ...  Tom Miller 2 episodes, 1998
Nicola Blackman Nicola Blackman ...  Sadie 2 episodes, 1998
Steve Blogg Steve Blogg ...  Jommy 2 episodes, 1998
Stephen Boxer ...  D.C. Hawks 2 episodes, 1998
Raquel Cassidy ...  P.C. Pam Boxer 2 episodes, 1998
Gregory Cox ...  Computer Expert 2 episodes, 1998
Oded Fehr ...  Victor - Barman / ... 2 episodes, 1998
Cyd Hayman ...  Mrs. Miller 2 episodes, 1998
Mark Barton Hill ...  Jamie - Barman 2 episodes, 1998
Samantha Hudson Samantha Hudson ...  Coral 2 episodes, 1998
Stephanie Hudson Stephanie Hudson ...  Carol 2 episodes, 1998
Aneirin Hughes Aneirin Hughes ...  D.C. Nathan 2 episodes, 1998
Christopher Neame ...  Det. Supt. Collingwood 2 episodes, 1998
Mark Tandy ...  Robin Butler-Cooke 2 episodes, 1998
Orlando Wells Orlando Wells ...  Roger 2 episodes, 1998


Upon being dumped by his dominant girlfriend Charlie, psychology student Scott Miller finds solace in an intriguingly addictive computer game called 'Killer Net'. Shortly after he's committed his first virtual murder, Charlie is found dead, slain and disposed of in exactly the same way... Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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When murder becomes a virtual reality...


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5 May 1998 (UK) See more »

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Remarkable and criminally neglected drama of mind-games andcomputer truths.
26 August 1999 | by simon-118See all my reviews

This is to me a masterpiece. It is brilliant plotted, as one would expect from this writer, yet shares little with her other work, particularly in the way the police are very much a background presence helpless in the invasion of newer more sophisticated menaces such as the internet, which even their own computer experts cannot keep up with. The acting is particularly noteworthy, from the naive but so believeable Tam Williams to his maternal flatmate Emily Woolf, but best of all is the amazing Paul Bettany as rugby playing, arrogant Joe, who delivers a scene in part four so well you cannot help but gasp as you watch. Another star of this is the music, which is superb, doomy yet very catchy. Of special mention is the inspired use of the Linoleum track "Twisted" at two key points in the story, the fusion of music and drama making them the two strongest moments in the series, they work so well. The series was poorly publicised in Britain and many perhaps just expected an ill informed cautionary tale about the internet; even worse was the video release which gave the entire plot away on the inside sleeve notes! The direction by Geoffrey Sax is what really lifts this drama into the level of masterpiece though. The performances he wrings from the cast is amazing, but the depiction of the game and the pacing (amazing for scenes of just Scott sitting playing a computer game) are breathtaking. The point of view shots of Scott drunk in part two are remarkable, and the whole production glistens with a flashy, gimmicky finesse and sophistication which matches the game itself. A true classic comparable with a Nigel Kneale or Dennis Potter drama. One interesting point to ponder however...the internet is so criticised because it is new, whereas books and plays are "respectable". Does the television not offer as much virtual reality violence in this production as the internet? And in that sense the internet is censor-friendly, since you have to request to view explicit materiall. If it was somehow restricted when young children are viewing it, it would surely be less criticised, because a game like Killer Net, believeable addictive and thrilling, is just as bloodthirsty as watching this!

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