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Messiah: The Harrowing 

Red Metcalfe's analytical skills are stretched to the limit as he tries to fathom the workings of the mind of a killer determined to create their own Hell.


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Series cast summary:
Ken Stott ...  Red Metcalfe / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Neil Dudgeon ...  DI Duncan Warren 3 episodes, 2005
Helen McCrory ...  Dr. Rachel Price 3 episodes, 2005
Maxine Peake ...  DS Vickie Clarke 3 episodes, 2005
Hugo Speer ...  DI Jack Price 3 episodes, 2005
Harriet Walter ...  Professor Robb 3 episodes, 2005
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ...  Richard Eccleshall 3 episodes, 2005
Beatie Edney ...  Grace Eccleshall 3 episodes, 2005
Margot Leicester Margot Leicester ...  Evelyn McArdle 3 episodes, 2005
Eamon Boland Eamon Boland ...  Henry McArdle 3 episodes, 2005
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ...  Tim Evans 3 episodes, 2005
Gil Brailey Gil Brailey ...  Coroner 3 episodes, 2005
Mat Ruttle Mat Ruttle ...  Daniel Price 3 episodes, 2005
Alice Bird ...  Isabel Price 3 episodes, 2005
Imogen Byron ...  Jaqueline Price 3 episodes, 2005
Kay Purcell Kay Purcell ...  Prof Uhomi 3 episodes, 2005
Keir Mills ...  Billy Edwards 3 episodes, 2005
Harry Williams Harry Williams ...  Forensic Officer 3 episodes, 2005
Serena Harris Serena Harris ...  Nurse 3 episodes, 2005
Amarjit Bassan ...  Officer 3 episodes, 2005
Jocelyn Barker Jocelyn Barker ...  Paula Scott 3 episodes, 2005
Laura Wells Laura Wells ...  Tamzin Green 3 episodes, 2005
Ian Midlane Ian Midlane ...  Franco Giardello 3 episodes, 2005
Frank Scantori Frank Scantori ...  John Giardello 3 episodes, 2005
Helen Modern Helen Modern ...  Steph Baker 3 episodes, 2005
Andrew McCulloch ...  Father James 3 episodes, 2005
Robert Hickson Robert Hickson ...  Simon Emerson 3 episodes, 2005
Russell Tovey ...  Robbie McManus, Police Technician 3 episodes, 2005
Shane Zaza ...  Police Technician 3 episodes, 2005
Harry Miller Harry Miller ...  Foreman 3 episodes, 2005
Aaron Neil ...  Stephen Cotter, Solicitor 3 episodes, 2005
Kate Lynn Evans Kate Lynn Evans ...  Nancy Roberts 3 episodes, 2005
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ...  Sara Knightley 3 episodes, 2005
Derek Ezenagu Derek Ezenagu ...  Crime Scene Officer 3 episodes, 2005
Anthony May ...  Mr. Brown, Undertaker 3 episodes, 2005
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ...  Flower Seller 3 episodes, 2005
Paige Gooden Paige Gooden ...  Detective 2 episodes, 2005


When the team arrive at a van abandoned on landfill sight they soon realise this is a case, the like they have never seen before. The van door is locked, the glass darkened, an angry buzzing inside. Phoebe is in the front seat, wasps crawling in and out of her open mouth: SAVE ME is written in blood on the windscreen. Red's analytical skills are stretched to the limit as he tries to fathom the workings of the mind of a killer determined to create their own Hell here on earth. Written by Publicity

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28 August 2005 (UK) See more »

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Gyilkos megváltó: A szívszaggató See more »

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London, England, UK

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1.78 : 1
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DS Vickie Clarke: A man said he saw a woman in a red coat hurrying away from the flat. His description of the woman was "she was angry".
DI Duncan Warren: Well that's got to narrow it down. An angry woman
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Alternate Versions

In Germany the three original episodes were edited by the German broadcasting station ZDF into two movies, both 85 minutes long. See more »


Followed by Messiah: The Rapture (2008) See more »

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BBC's 'Messiah' returns to form with "The Harrowing"
6 June 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Messiah' is an incredibly compelling show and should have lasted longer.

It got off to a great start with a thrillingly taut and uncompromisingly disturbing first series, the second series was every bit as strong but while still solid because of the difference in tone, the over-obviousness and ridiculousness of the final solution and the wrong characters being underused the third series disappointed a bit.

"The Harrowing", the fourth series of 'Messiah', is a return to form, and to me it's the best since the first series and comes close to outdoing it. It looks great, there is a great deal of atmosphere and it's all beautifully and stylishly filmed. It's ominously but never over-bearingly or intrusively scored, some of the music is effectively understated, and the direction doesn't let the tension slip, the atmosphere to dissipate or the pace to rush or plod.

Writing is thoughtful and tautly structured, while the story draws one in right from the start and never lets go, it's tightly paced, suspenseful and apart from getting a tad complicated in places it's always cohesive. It also never feels bloated from trying to do too much or too thin from not having enough going on. The murders are inventive and harrowing, and the final solution is the best of all five series to me, it's the most shocking, the most plausible in motive and the best developed.

The characters are written with much more balance and focus here, with Red actually feeling like a main character here in the way that he was too much of a supporting character in "The Promise". The acting is spot on, Ken Stott maintains his usual high standard as Red and has a riveting intensity, nothing came over as overdone to me, and Neil Dudgeon continues to excel in what I consider his best role. The supporting cast are strong, with Helen McCrory being in particular a revelation.

In summary, a return to show for 'Messiah' and the best since the first series. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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