Wire in the Blood (2002–2009)
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The Mermaids Singing: Part 1 

A police psychologist pursues a serial killer who tortures homosexual victims in increasingly gruesome ways.


Andrew Grieve


Patrick Harbinson (screenplay by), Val McDermid (from the novel by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robson Green ... Tony Hill
Elaine Claxton ... Maggie Thomas
Hermione Norris ... Carol Jordan
Richard Frame Richard Frame ... Damien O'Connell
Alan Stocks Alan Stocks ... Don Merrick
Kaye Wragg Kaye Wragg ... Penny Burgess
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ... Kevin Geoffries
Ben Price ... Michael Jordan
Philip Whitchurch ... Tom Cross
Tom Chadbon ... John Brandon
Doreene Blackstock ... Annie Reiss
Stephen Bent Stephen Bent ... David Biggs
Mark Penfold Mark Penfold ... Dr Ashley Vernon
Nicky Goldie ... Mrs O'Connell
James Horne James Horne ... Mr O'Connell


DCI Carol Jordan is called on the carpet by her boss Det. Supt. Tom Cross after she seeks advice from forensic psychologist Tony Hill on a recent string of murders. Jordan believes there's a link between the murders but Cross disagrees. Fortunately for Carol ACC John Brandon thinks bringing Tony in to assist them is a brilliant idea. Based on the information available thus far, Tony believes that the deaths are the work of the same killer. All of the victims were male and all show signs of torture, including genital mutilation. They think there might be a connection to the gay community and stake out a gay bar leading to an arrest but a shocking video shows the killer torturing one of their own, a young PC, and Tony for one thinks they've got the wrong man. Written by garykmcd

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14 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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The title "Wire in the Blood" is a phrase that comes from T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets": "The trilling wire in the blood / sings below inveterate scars / appeasing long-forgotten wars." It is also the name of the Book by Val McDermid that is the second in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordon series. As for the meaning, in an interview Robson Green said the phrase was taken to mean a genetic kink, something impure and unusual in the blood, that leads to the kind of psychosis Dr. Tony Hill might deal with. Series writer Val McDermid says: "Who knows what Eliot really meant by that line? Robson's explanation is as good as any. For myself, I've always taken it to be a metaphor for the thrill of adrenaline surging through the bloodstream. But we'll never know for sure". See more »


Dr. Ashley Vernon: Cause of death, cut throat. Carotid severed. Whatever blood was left was drained pretty quick by the excision of his penis.
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