As a prison riot erupts into violence, Red comes face to face with the ring leader: the man who once held him hostage and nearly drove him mad. But what they don't know is a killer's amongst them, preying on their weaknesses.
A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.
Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.
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
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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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BBC's 'Messiah' returns to form with "The Harrowing"
'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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