Trial & Retribution (1997– )
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The Rules of the Game: Part 1 

The corpse of a high class call-girl, Sonya, is discovered in a trunk at Heathrow Airport. The prime suspect is a highly influential Ukrainian billionaire, Vitali Malikov, and - against ... See full summary »

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David Moore
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Episode credited cast:
Andy Beckwith ... Cabbie
Senia Devine ... Teresa (as Ksenia Zaitseva)
Jason Ebelthite Jason Ebelthite ... Estate Agent
Olga Fedori ... Sofia
Jamie Glover ... Dan Vaughan
David Hayman ... DCSI Michael Walker
Martin Heathcote Martin Heathcote ... Sgt. West
Simon Hepworth ... Martin Billington
Marcel Iures ... Vitali Malikov
Branka Katic ... Maryna Petrenko
Vince Leigh Vince Leigh ... DS Sam Palmer
Dorian Lough Dorian Lough ... DS Satchell
Nigel Pilkington Nigel Pilkington ... Various (voice)
Adrian Rawlins ... Plaskett
Victoria Smurfit ... DCI Roisin Connor
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The corpse of a high class call-girl, Sonya, is discovered in a trunk at Heathrow Airport. The prime suspect is a highly influential Ukrainian billionaire, Vitali Malikov, and - against diplomatic advice - Mike Walker arrests him, aware that Malikov has friends in high places, for which reason he is keen to bring him down. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2008 (UK) See more »

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La Plante Productions See more »
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Follows Trial & Retribution: Blue Eiderdown: Part 1 (2004) See more »

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When heavyweight is sometimes better than lightweight
30 October 2008 | by srm-1See all my reviews

For entry number XV in this much-acclaimed series, the episodes are trimmed down somewhat and squeezed into the more common 90-minute format. Unfortunately, this newer lightweight 'Trial & Retribution' is exactly that - lightweight and suffers greatly for the change when compared to the previous fourteen stories.

It all feels much more like an outing of 'Midsomer Murders' or 'A Touch of Frost'; there is simply no time to develop anything meaningful and much of the wonderful character depth of Mike and Roisin that we have gotten used to over the years, is lost.

Subsequent outings also follow this new format and, to my mind at least, the producers of this show made a huge mistake in choosing to do so. The longer 140 minute style is what made 'Trial & Retribution' special, different from most of the other crime series out there; epic and enthralling. From XV onwards everything feels formulaic, rushed and a poor comparison to its former days of glory.


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