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Anna Lee: Headcase (1993)

A bright, pretty and determined young girl named Anna Lee quits the police department in search of adventure, and joins a small and somewhat stuffy detective agency, whose members don't ... See full summary »

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Colin Bucksey

Writers:

Liza Cody (novel), Andrew Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Stubbs ... Anna Lee
Alan Howard ... Mr. Hahn
Michael Bryant ... Commander Martin Brierly
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Beryl Doyle
Ken Stott ... Bernie Schiller
Kate Beckinsale ... Thea Hahn
Brian Glover ... Selwyn Price
Shirley Anne Field ... Mrs. Westerman
Richard Dempsey ... Sam Tulloch
Clive Merrison ... Mr. Emburey
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dr. Frank
David Harewood ... Stevie Johnson
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Desk Clerk
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... Quex
Robin Soans ... Dr. Stickle
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A bright, pretty and determined young girl named Anna Lee quits the police department in search of adventure, and joins a small and somewhat stuffy detective agency, whose members don't look particularly kindly on her short skirts, somewhat cavalier attitude toward agency rules--like showing up for work on time--and her overall demeanor. However, the agency's owner takes a shine to her and assigns her to what seems to be a relatively straightforward case: finding a young girl who's gone missing and whose family is worried about her. As it turns out, the case involves quite a bit more than just a missing girl. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ана Лий See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Pilot for the TV series Anna Lee (1994). See more »

Quotes

[talking about a girl that Anna has been asked to find who is now in hospital]
Anna Lee: I've got to drive Thea Hahn all the way back to Richmond and I want to know what I'm taking on before I sign for her. What's wrong with her?
Hospital Doctor: Well, you know, she's sedated to the eyeballs - she won't throw a fit in your car.
Anna Lee: [ironically] Oh, thanks, Doc, that's terrific.
Hospital Doctor: Thea Hahn was admitted yesterday - she'd had an epileptiform episode. Her speech was bizarre and delusional. In layman's terms, she's as mad as a ...
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Connections

Followed by Anna Lee (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Sister Sister
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Sung by Luciana Caporaso (as Luciana)
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The vivacious Imogen Stubbs in a TV pilot
10 November 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Headcase" was the pilot for the British mystery TV series "Anna Lee," which was picked up but didn't run very long. It's a shame because I really liked it, everything from its theme song (Sister, Sister), the beautiful Imogen Stubbs as Anna, the London setting, and the mysteries themselves.

Anna Lee is an ex-cop who joins a detective agency where her disorganization, outfits, and failure to follow directions are frowned upon, but her intelligence and ability to solve cases are valued. In the pilot, Anna is asked first to find a young girl, Thea (Kate Beckinsale who looks like she's about 16 here; she's 21). She doesn't have any luck, but Thea is found in a mental hospital, and Anna is asked to bring her home. Soon, Anna is involved in a murder case, a Norman Bates motel, infidelity, sexual abuse, and the fragile minds of several young people.

A very intriguing story with a good cast. Stubbs is extremely likable, funny, quirky, and warm, talking to her cat, and living in an apartment which has an open door policy. She's ably supported by Alan Howard, who plays Thea's father, Michael Bryant as her boss (who tells her not to keep calling him sir; when she asks what she should call him, he says, "Commander"), and Barbara Leigh-Hunt as the strict secretary at the detective agency. Leigh-Hunt did not do the series.

Highly recommended if you can get your hands on any of the "Anna Lee" series. They are available, I believe, on ioffer.com.


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