A young girl mysteriously vanishes from her English village home. 45 years later, a journalist's attempts to make a documentary on the case threaten to shatter the lives of all involved.




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Series cast summary:
Lee Ingleby ...  DI George Bennett 3 episodes, 2008
Emma Cunniffe ...  Ruth Hawkin 3 episodes, 2008
Philip Jackson ...  Old George Bennett 3 episodes, 2008
Juliet Stevenson ...  Catherine Heathcote 3 episodes, 2008
Elizabeth Day Elizabeth Day ...  Sasha Heathcote 3 episodes, 2008
Tony Maudsley ...  DS Tommy Clough 3 episodes, 2008
Greg Wise ...  Philip Hawkin 3 episodes, 2008
Poppy Goodburn Poppy Goodburn ...  Alison Carter 3 episodes, 2008
Mikey North ...  Charlie Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Danny Tennant Danny Tennant ...  PC Swindells 3 episodes, 2008
Sheila Reid ...  Ma Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Danny Sapani ...  Keith Slocombe 3 episodes, 2008
Joy Blakeman Joy Blakeman ...  Kathy Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Zoe Telford ...  Nicola Curry 3 episodes, 2008
Liz Moscrop Liz Moscrop ...  Laura 3 episodes, 2008
Philip Whitchurch ...  DCI Culver 2 episodes, 2008
Romy Baskerville Romy Baskerville ...  Margaret Bennett 2 episodes, 2008
Dave Hill ...  Old Tommy Clough 2 episodes, 2008
Peter Cartwright ...  Judge Sampson 2 episodes, 2008
Chris Brailsford ...  Dan Crowther 2 episodes, 2008
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ...  Dr. Panaseer 2 episodes, 2008
Miranda Williams Miranda Williams ...  Young Catherine 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Wyett Paul Wyett ...  Don Smart 2 episodes, 2008


In 1963, Alison Carter left her home in the small English village of Scardale and vanished. The mystery devastated the community and captivated police officer George Bennett. In modern day London, journalist Catherine Heathcote is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the case. However, the previously helpful Bennett, now in his seventies, suddenly pulls out of the film. What makes him hesitant to discuss the case that made him a hero? The past and present interweave as both Bennett and Heathcote attempt to unravel the mysteries. Written by L. Hamre

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Aired in the USA as a two-part movie on PBS, November 1 and 8, 2009. See more »

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Another Great UK Drama
30 March 2009 | by kiwi43See all my reviews

I found this adaptation of Val McDermid's novel to be extremely atmospheric and well acted. The actors chosen to play the "older" versions were uncannily like their younger counterparts, especially George Bennett. In NZ this was broken into two episodes which is perhaps why I couldn't figure out/remember Catherine's early relationship with the Manor. In fact, my only quibble with the programme was that Catherine's phone call to, and the appearance of, her mother near the end were very contrived. Apart from that, I thought this was an excellent production. I have gone back to reread the book which,now that I know what happens, gives the game away in a subtle way in the prologue. The TV adaptation can't quite bring in the feeling of the book - the first part set at the time of the Moors Murder, & the isolation & bleakness of Scardale.

I didn't find the time shifting confusing but in the book there are two separate books and Catherine is writing a book, not doing a TV documentary.

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