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Deception on His Mind 

Sahlah is engaged to a young Pakistani man in an arranged marriage, but he ends up murdered as she is bearing the child of a local white man.


Tim Leandro


Elizabeth George (novel), Valerie Windsor (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Wait Matthew Wait ... Gerry Devitt
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
Anjalee Patel Anjalee Patel ... Hadiyyah
Tanveer Ghani ... Azhar Taymullah
Anjali Jay ... Sahlah Malik
Saeed Jaffrey ... Akram Malik
Sophie Walker Sophie Walker ... TV Reporter
T.J. Ramini ... Muneer Malik (as Tarek Ramini)
Emily Joyce ... Emily Barlow
Demelza Randall ... Rachel Winfield
Amita Dhiri ... Yumna Malik
Terence Hillyer Terence Hillyer ... Basil Treves
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Lynley
Joe Shaw ... Theo Shaw
Ronnie McCann Ronnie McCann ... Trevor Ruddock


Lynley and Havers investigate the death of Hatham Kureshi in the seaside village of Balford-le-nez. He was to marry Shala Malik, the daughter of a prominent businessman. The marriage was an arranged one but it turns out she was having an affair with a local man, Theo Shaw. She is also pregnant. Things are not going well in the Malik family and Shala's older brother Muneer is a particularly nasty character. There is also much tension in the community owing to what some claim was a previous incident where the police supposedly covered up the murder of a 16-year old Asian boy. When the police learn that Hatham was also gay, it adds a whole new angle to their investigation. Written by garykmcd

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English | Urdu

Release Date:

31 March 2003 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Barbara Havers: So it was an arranged marriage?
Shala Malik: Arranged marriage, yes, but not a forced marriage.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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It does not fall short, excellent
9 January 2005 | by jenfitz625See all my reviews

"Deception On His Mind" is perhaps the best Lynley episode yet, along with "A Suitable Vengeance". Simply put, this series is fabulous. The subject matters are bold and the casting is remarkable, every episode. I have fallen in love with Lynley and Havers on-screen. Actors Parker and Small (and in this episode, TJ Ramini, Emily Joyce, Demelza Randall, and Anjali Jay) are stand-outs. In regards to the other commenter's remarks: Of course the novels are going to offer more exposition and plot detail. The novels are 500-700 pages long, and the show is 90 minutes. The creators extract and dramatize the paramount key points from George's work, and the impeccable production quality certainly overrides any concern about small details that George fans might feel are missing. The element of suspense is sharply maintained. This is a fantastic BBC production.

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