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Murder on the Home Front (2013)

Set during the London Blitz of 1940, this is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities.

Director:

Geoffrey Sax

Writers:

David Kane, Molly Lefebure (memoirs by)
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Credited cast:
Patrick Kennedy ... Lennox Collins
Tamzin Merchant ... Molly Cooper
Emerald Fennell ... Issy Quennell
James Fleet ... Professor Stephens
David Sturzaker David Sturzaker ... Freddie Wilkins
Iain McKee ... DS Brady
Ryan Gage ... Danny Hastings
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holly Atkins Holly Atkins ... Mrs. Clayton
Joey Batey ... Dixie
Susie Blake ... Miss Jenkins
John Bowe ... Ronald Terry
Richard Bremmer ... Charlie Maxton
Letty Butler ... Gilda
Jake Curran ... Beckett
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Jane
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At the height of the London blitz Dr Lennox Collins,pioneer of the new forensic science,is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue. Wilkins' chief suspect is shy young Anglo-German Wilfred Ziegler,who found the body but Lennox dismisses this as Ziegler is left-handed and the killer was not.The trail leads to the Metropole club,frequented by Mary,where Lennox's new assistant Molly meets the sinister owner Danny Hastings but then two more women are killed in the same way. A rent boy places closet gay actor Ronald Terry at the scene of the last murder though Terry denies seeing anything. However Lennox and Molly are soon investigating Terry's apparent suicide - which they work out is murder. Lennox takes Hastings' DNA but is attacked by men in gas masks and,when Wilkins is taken off the case after bullying Ziegler into a confession, it looks as if Hastings has corrupt police officers in his pocket. Acting separately Lennox ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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London 1940. The Blitz. Murder, mayhem and the birth of modern forensics.


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The aircraft in the opening titles have D Day marking on the wings but it is set in 1940 See more »

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Shortly after Collins states that the woman found in the bombed-out building had been dead for 48 hours, Molly tells the rent-boy that she had been killed last night. See more »

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period piece... wartime Who-dunnit
2 October 2015 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Not a lot of info on this one on IMDb, probably because it began as a British TV movie. It's on netflix now. Set during WW II, we follow the "Molly", who works with detectives and forensic scientists as they try to track down a prostitute's murderer. Then another murder. They must try to find the bad guy as the clues and crime scenes are all getting erased by the German bombs. It's actually quite good. Moves along slowly but surely. And of course, opium must be involved, since the original writer had also studied opioids. Some clever blending of scenes... at one point, they talk about knives, and we fade into someone carving a hunk of meat. Another time, we start by looking at a mirror ball in a dance hall, which turns into the bright, full moon. The murder victims all have some things in common, and we don't really have any obvious suspects. We plod along, following the slow progress, but it's pretty entertaining. Also the usual wartime issues, such as fifth column spies, homosexuality, woman's lib.

Directed by Geoffrey Sax, who has done a mix of British TV series and films. Looks like he worked exclusively in TV from the 1970s until about 2005, when he made a few films. This seems to be the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, who was a writer... lived from 1919 to 2013. Apparently she wrote about 20 books, among them studies on Coleridge and his family. Quite an interesting write-up on wikipedia. She actually DID work with a pathologist, and worked in a mortuary, no doubt gathering knowledge for her novels.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 2014 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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