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After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare.

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Series cast summary:
Ken Stott ...  Red Metcalfe 2 episodes, 2001
Frances Grey ...  Kate Beauchamp 2 episodes, 2001
Jamie Draven Jamie Draven ...  Jez Clifton 2 episodes, 2001
Kieran O'Brien ...  Eric Metcalfe 2 episodes, 2001
Ray Trickitt ...  D.C. Nixon 2 episodes, 2001
Neil Dudgeon ...  Duncan Warren 2 episodes, 2001
Michelle Forbes ...  Susan Metcalfe 2 episodes, 2001
Art Malik ...  D.C.S. Emerson 2 episodes, 2001
Edward Woodward ...  Rev. Stephen Hedges 2 episodes, 2001
Colin Gourley Colin Gourley ...  Roger Parkin 2 episodes, 2001
Billie-Claire Wright Billie-Claire Wright ...  Chloe 2 episodes, 2001
Ron Berglas ...  Lubezski 2 episodes, 2001
Howard Crossley Howard Crossley ...  D.C. Freeman 2 episodes, 2001
Eddie Cooper Eddie Cooper ...  Sam Warren 2 episodes, 2001
Gillian Taylforth Gillian Taylforth ...  Helen Warren 2 episodes, 2001
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ...  Alison Reeves 2 episodes, 2001


After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare.

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26 May 2001 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The conclusion of the TV series is set on Millenium Eve. However, in the novel, the conclusion is at Easter. See more »


D.S. Kate Beauchamp: It seems like revenge... He was a chef... a spoon in the mouth?
D.C.I. Redfern 'Red' Metcalfe: So why cut out his tongue?
D.S. Kate Beauchamp: Maybe someone didn't like his food.
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Incredibly compelling series
23 May 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there are better mystery/detective shows in my opinion, 'Messiah' is incredibly well done and ceaselessly compelling. It is near blameless and definitely should have lasted longer.

It is stylishly and beautifully filmed with a lot of atmosphere, while the locations are also used to great effect. The music is suitably ominous while never being too obvious.

'Messiah' is very intelligently written, it is never stilted or clichéd and constantly keeps the mystery elements alive. The stories are gripping throughout with lots of twists and turns and genuinely surprising solutions. The only motive I didn't completely buy was in the first series, which felt implausible and underdeveloped, it didn't seem like a good enough reason to murder all those people in such a gruesome manner.

That is my only criticism of 'Messiah' really, as well as more could have done with Frances Grey's character as well. There are some clever and very gruesome murders that never are gratuitous (especially in the first series) but are not for weak stomachs, mine is getting stronger but even it was quite disturbed by those in the first two episodes. The characters are interesting, and the series is constantly well directed and ensures that the episodes never feel rushed or plodding.

Ken Stott is exceptional as the main character, and it is some of the best acting he's ever done. He is terrifically supported by Neil Dudgeon (who has never been better), Michelle Forbes, Frances Grey, Edward Woodward and especially a sinister Jamie Draven, in fact everybody is good.

In summary, incredibly compelling. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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