Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
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Mask of Sanity: Part 1 

Three murders allegedly committed 20 years earlier because of anger management, are re-examined by the unit when the supposed killer is released from a psychiatric facility.


David Thacker


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... DCI / Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Tara Fitzgerald ... Dr. Eve Lockhart
Wil Johnson ... DI Spencer Jordan
Félicité Du Jeu Félicité Du Jeu ... DC Stella Goodman
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ... James Jenson
Paul Ritter ... Alan Pierce
James Fox ... Dr Bruno Rivelli
Jemma Redgrave ... Sophie Wall
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ... Harris Wall
Richard Dillane ... Ricardo Rivelli
Dominic Letts Dominic Letts ... Harry Valentine
Toby Salaman Toby Salaman ... Frank Reilly
Helen Blatch Helen Blatch ... Mrs Jenson
Shaun Curry Shaun Curry ... Mr Jenson


James Jensen has just been released after spending 20 years in a psychiatric institution. He had admitted to killing three men and in the course of his trial, he attacked a male nurse that had been assigned to care for him. The judge ruled he was unfit to stand trial and was incarcerated indefinitely. On his release however, the widow of Henry Goss, one of the three victims, receives the wallets of each of the dead men. James has no recollection of the events leading up to his original arrest and can't explain some elements of his confession. James is however haunted by memories of his time at the Hickley Home for Children, where he grew up. The fact that all three of the original victims were in some way connected to the children's home does not escape the police's attention. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 January 2007 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Nicholas Beveney has played two different characters over the course of the series: See more »


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Much violence and Boyd more over the top than usual
18 February 2007 | by LFTSmithSee all my reviews

Despite the excellent cast (James Fox and Jemma Redgrave in addition to such excellent regulars as Sue Johnstone) the overall impression was of excessive, gratuitous violence and Boyd, played by Trevor Eve so over-the top as to be unbelievable (I hope). As usual, performances by secondary characters were excellent. Tara Fitzgerald seems less convincing than her predecessors as the 'scientific expert'.

It was nevertheless an exciting and enjoyable episode, rather better than some recent ones. It stands up well to US competitors like CSI, not least because the lead character is so unsympathetic. He seems to lack some of the redeeming qualities of 'Vic' in the Shield. But the 2-episode produces an unnatural peak halfway through - it would seem very unbalanced if the two episodes were combines into a single play.

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