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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony Hill
... Maggie Thomas
... Carol Jordan
Richard Frame ... Damien O'Connell
Alan Stocks ... Don Merrick
Kaye Wragg ... Penny Burgess
Mark Letheren ... Kevin Geoffries
... Michael Jordan
... Tom Cross
... John Brandon
... Annie Reiss
Stephen Bent ... David Biggs
Mark Penfold ... Dr Ashley Vernon
... Mrs O'Connell
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)  »

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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. Tony Hill: What about the burn marks on the torso?
Dr. Ashley Vernon: Must have taken some time. There are hundreds of them.
Dr. Tony Hill: Before or after death?
Dr. Ashley Vernon: Before.
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