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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 ...  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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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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Followed by Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (2002) See more »

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Jamie Draven steals the show..
8 March 2003 | by shawshanksam-1See all my reviews

There's not much about this I didn't like.. The story was well thought out with a lot of twists and you don't realise who the killer is until right near the end.

Congrats to newcomer Jamie Draven. Not only did he put in a brilliant performance, very convincing, he proved that he can play good and bad guys. (Check out the Jamie stare when he goes to visit Red)

I believe we'll see a lot more of him in the future. For those who ask 'is his Manchester accent going to hinder him'.. I say this.. 'Has anyone questioned Sean Connery's accent. I don't think there's any role that Sean's played that he hasn't done in his Scottish accent.

So I say.. no, I don't think it will hinder him. Gives him character. I wish him all the best and will be keeping an eye out in the future.

As for the rest of the show, excellent performances were put in by Ken Stott and the rest of the team.

And it was kinda surreal seeing Boris Starling who wrote it, on screen as a corpse.

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Release Date:

26 May 2001 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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