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The Ambush 

A police convoy escorting a civilian under a witness protection scheme is attacked, the witness hospitalized and all the police officers killed, except Inspector Lindsay Denton, who ... See full summary »


Douglas Mackinnon


Jed Mercurio




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nardone ... PS O'Neill
David Maybrick ... PS Alex Wallis
Antonio Magro ... PC Vincent Butler
Keeley Hawes ... Lindsay
Mark Bonnar ... DCC Micheal Dryden
Allison McKenzie ... DS Jayne Akers
Steve Toussaint ... CS Raymond Mallick
Liz White ... Media Manager Jo Dwyer
Martin Compston ... Arnott
Vicky McClure ... Fleming
Adrian Dunbar ... Hastings
Jeany Spark ... Claire Tindell
Jessica Raine ... DC Georgia Trotman
Philip Wright Philip Wright ... DI Samuel Royal
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ... Rich


A police convoy escorting a civilian under a witness protection scheme is attacked, the witness hospitalized and all the police officers killed, except Inspector Lindsay Denton, who organized the operation at very short notice and who only informed DCC Dryden of the route. Ted Hastings asks Steve and Kate to interview her but Kate pulls out, claiming one of the dead officers, Jayne Akers, was a friend - though she has been having an affair with Jayne's husband Rich. Her place is taken by Georgia Trotman, who is troubled that the men are savage with their interrogation, treating Lindsay as a suspect and delving into her finances. Lindsay herself is moved to a missing persons unit but is shown to have a violent streak, attacking a noisy neighbour. Kate follows her to the retirement home where her mother lives and finds she has rung the hospital from a payphone. Georgia and Steve attend at the hospital where somebody is trying to kill the witness and who kills Georgia. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

12 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

World Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) & Niall Macgregor (Rich) also worked together on Monarch of the Glen (2000) as Ewan Brodie & Malcolm McRae respectively. See more »


When Steve and Georgia arrive at the hospital, Steve puts on his police vest with his right arm first, struggling to get his left arm in. In the next shot, his left arm is through and he's in the process of putting his right arm in. See more »

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Superb and complex
10 May 2014 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

I missed the first series and am I sorry now! A superb and thrilling crime series as complex as anything I have seen in recent years. Keeley Hawes is standout in a great convincing cast. How anyone can write stuff as intricate as this is amazing - either they were a copper in a previous career or they did a serious amount of research. The premise is a cliché but the treatment is anything but. Wrongly accused good cop (Hawes) needs to clear her name as she is railroaded into prison. How this plays out is masterly and never less than gripping. There are so many twists and turns that the viewer never knows who are villains or good guys. I enjoyed every minute of this piece. Jed Mercurio is a talent to be harboured and nurtured.

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