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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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Cast

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 Letty Butler ... Gilda
Jake Curran ... Beckett
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Jane
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder on the Home Front See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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(2 parts)

Color:

Color
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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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A Glorious whodunit.
2 December 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A killer uses the backdrop of the Blitz to disguise their crimes.

What an absolutely brilliant ninety minutes of drama this was. The Blitz setting is an excellent backdrop for a murder mystery, the crimes are nasty and the detection is intriguing. You could be forgiven for thinking that Dr Collins had landed there from the future, but these pioneers certainly existed, leading to the technologies used today.

Fabulous characters, all beautifully acted. The two central characters, Lennox and Molly are a joy to watch, the chemistry between Patrick Kennedy and Tamzin Merchant is the quite wonderful and helps to engage you.

At times it's dark, serious and also funny, it's instantly a drama that grips you, it also boasts a fabulous ending which manages to crank up the tension.

Bravo, I thought this was excellent. 9/10


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