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In the Presence of the Enemy 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 17 March 2003
After the love child of a Liberal black MP and a white conservative newspaper editor is kidnapped, they're blackmailed into publishing details of their affair.


Brian Stirner


Elizabeth George (novel), Francesca Brill (screenplay)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Hazeldine ... Dennis Luxford
Ken Bones ... Rodney Aronson
Sophie Okonedo ... Eve Bowen
Simon Chandler ... Alistair Harvie
Bennet Thorpe Bennet Thorpe ... Personal Secretary
Natalie Freegard Natalie Freegard ... Charlotte Bowen
Lesley Vickerage ... Helen Clyde
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Lynley
Simone Bendix Simone Bendix ... Fiona Luxford
Joseph Friend Joseph Friend ... Leo Luxford
Jayne McKenna Jayne McKenna ... Newsreader (as Jane McKenna)
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
Anjalee Patel Anjalee Patel ... Hadiyyah
Clint Dyer ... Alex Stone
Stuart Bunce ... Damien Chambers




The conservative editor of a major newspaper, Dennis Luxford, receives a ransom demand: publish the details of his first-born child or else. Some years earlier, he had a weekend tryst with a left-wing politician, Eve Bowen, now a government Minister and by mutual agreement his paternity has never been publicly acknowledged. In a strange twist the girl is killed before Luxford has a chance to publish the story. Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers are in charge of the investigation but are also soon dealing with another kidnapping when Luxford's young son Leo is taken and he again received the same ransom demand. The solution lies in uncovering events from long ago. Meanwhile, Lynley and Helen Clyde's relationship becomes even more complicated due to her friendship with Luxford and her attempt to assist him. Written by garykmcd

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very good Inspector Lynley
2 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From season 2 of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries is "In the Presence of the Enemy," which concerns kidnapping, murder, politics, and mental instability.

The editor of a newspaper, Dennis Luxford (James Hazeldine), finds out that his child by a left-wing black politician, Eve Bowen (Sophie Okonedo), has been kidnapped. Luxford himself is a conservative; Bowen is a government minister and the two have never revealed their connection or that they have a child. Luxford is warned that he must publish the details of his first-born, or she will be killed.

Unfortunately, the girl is found dead, and later, his son Leo is kidnapped. Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Sergeant Havers (Sharon Small) have to go back into the past and to another town to solve the mystery and hopefully get Leo back in time.

Lynley's love interest, Helen Clyde (Lesley Vickerage), is a friend of Luxford's and tries to help him, which in turn complicates her relationship with Lynley.

Excellent entry into the series, with everyone in top form. I can never figure out what Parker sees in Clyde, but that's another story. The script and production values in this episode are excellent. Highly recommended.

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