Above Suspicion (2009–2012)
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The Red Dahlia: Part 1 

The discovery of the mutilated body of a young woman seems to echo that of the notorious unsolved Los Angeles 'Black Dahlia' murder of the 1940s.


Gillies MacKinnon


Lynda La Plante (book), Lynda La Plante (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reilly ... DC Anna Travis
Ciarán Hinds ... DCI James Langton
Shaun Dingwall ... DI Mike Lewis
Celyn Jones ... DS Paul Barolli
Michelle Holmes ... DC Barbara Maddox
Amanda Lawrence ... DC Joan Faukland
Nadia Cameron-Blakey ... Commander Jane Leigh
Stuart Organ Stuart Organ ... DCI Morgan
Holliday Grainger ... Sharon Bilkin
Ty Glaser ... Louise Pennel
Thusitha Jayasundera ... Veronica Malins
Edward MacLiam ... Richard Reynolds
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Mrs. Florence Pennel
Claire Benedict ... Mrs. Jenkins
Olwen Fouéré ... Mrs. Hughes


D.C.I. Langton takes charge when the body of would-be model Louise Pennell is found,sliced in half and with her mouth mutilated into a smile. D.C. Anna Travis discovers that newspaper journalist Richard Reynolds had received anonymous typed letters from somebody likening the murder to that of a girl nick-named the Black Dahlia in America in 1947,which was never solved. The letters call Louise the Red Dahlia. Her flat-mate tells Anna that Louise has answered an advertisement for a personal assistant and was receiving gifts from a mysterious older man. Then Richard gets a phone call,which he tapes,from somebody claiming to be the killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

4 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Above Suspicion 2: Red Dahlia See more »

Filming Locations:

Margate, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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DCI James Langton: [looking at computer pictures of the body] What kind of sick bastards would do all this?
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Mixed feelings
17 May 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Above Suspicion' has some good elements, but also a number of weak ones. It's not bad, but it's not completely gripping either. The first series is slightly better, due to Jason Durr and an interrogation scene that's the best of the entire series, but 'The Red Dahlia' doesn't improve on the first series' flaws and makes more on the way.

Kelly Reilly, despite being a beautiful woman (though maybe unrealistically so, and she's too young), continues to not do much for me, with flat line delivery, limited range and pallid presence. The relationship between her and Langton is still contrived, and again Langton is too much of a sleaze.

The characters are still cliché-ridden and are not particularly interesting, sound is sloppy and out of sync, and the shock value rather gratuitous. Also it is really hard to believe that nobody has knowledge of the Blue Dahlia, one of the most famous unsolved there is.

However, it is a good-looking series and never is over-drab or choppily edited. The story, despite the over-familiarity, didn't have me doing something else or looking at my watch, and there is some atmosphere. Interrogations are interesting and there are fewer clumsy scenes.

Acting is quite decent, Ciaran Hinds is commanding and doesn't phone in, and while no Jason Durr Simon Williams is suitably menacing.

Overall, 'The Red Dahlia' evoked mixed feelings. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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