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Chinese Walls 

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Lynley investigates the murder of a 23 year old girl in Hyde Park after she quit her job with a high profile lawyer to work for an on-line sex site.


Robert Bierman


Ed Whitmore



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Isabella Calthorpe Isabella Calthorpe ... Emily Proctor
Sharon Small ... Sergeant Barbara Havers
Nathaniel Parker ... Inspector Thomas Lynley
Paul Hickey ... Lafferty
Shaun Parkes ... DC Winston Nkata
Ciaran McIntyre Ciaran McIntyre ... O'Neill
Diana Hardcastle ... Deborah Proctor
David Yelland ... Guy Proctor
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Hester Reed
Blake Ritson ... Graham Marshall
Samuel West ... Tony Wainwright
Catherine Russell ... Helen Lynley
Vee Vimolmal ... Cleaner
Georgia Mackenzie ... Lisa Conroy (as Georgia McKenzie)
Joe Armstrong ... Darren


Emily Proctor is found stabbed in Hyde Park. The police learn that the 23-year-old was living her dream. She had obtained a first in law and was a pupil in the Chambers of well-known barrister Tony Wainwright. At age 13, Emily had first seen Wainwright in a television documentary about refugees and had always wanted to work with him. As Lynley and Havers look into her background, however, they are able to paint a more complex picture of the victim. She had recently reunited with her half-sister and was involved in the Internet sex industry. When the police learn that Wainwright's fiancée was killed a few days before his wedding 15 years earlier, the investigation takes a new direction. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


The pub "The Mother Black Cap", which is seen in the background early in this episode, featured in "Withnail and I" (featuring some classic Richard E Grant lines). Sadly it has since been demolished. See more »


Hester Reed: [to Lynley and Havers] This is an awful take on good cop/bad cop. I can't tell who's who.
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Lynley and Havers investigate a young woman's death
7 November 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In "Chinese Walls," Lynley and Havers investigate the murder of a young woman, Emily Proctor, who is found in the park with knife-type wounds. In looking at her life, the two find out that Proctor was a promising law student working for a barrister, Tony Wainwright. However, when they questioned Wainwright, they found out Emily had quit.

Emily had gone to work in the sex industry, it turns out, for her half-sister with whom she had been separated. Her sister ran the video porn site. Havers and Lynley suspect one of her regular clients, but the list of suspects grows the more they learn. They also learn about a murder 14 years earlier which may be connected.

Good mystery, even though my sister and I figured out the whole thing rather quickly. That was because of the work my sister does and also from seeing and reading thousands of detective stories and mysteries over the years. It's very well done.

On the personal side of things, Lynley and Helen have decided to be friends. We'll see where this is going.

Good entry into the series, with Lynley in a better mood than the last two episodes.

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