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In the Dark 

As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.
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Series cast summary:
Ben Batt ...  DI Paul Hopkins 4 episodes, 2017
MyAnna Buring ...  DI Helen Weeks 4 episodes, 2017
Matt King ...  Phil Hendricks 4 episodes, 2017
David Leon ...  DI Adam Perrin 4 episodes, 2017
Georgia Moffett ...  Jenny 4 episodes, 2017
Jamie Sives ...  DCI Jack Gosforth 4 episodes, 2017
Pearce Quigley ...  Trevor Hare 3 episodes, 2017
Stewart Scudamore ...  Syd 3 episodes, 2017
Annabel Tiffin Annabel Tiffin ...  BBC North West presenter 3 episodes, 2017
Clive Wood Clive Wood ...  Robert Weeks 3 episodes, 2017
Louise Delamere ...  Sarah Rushton 2 episodes, 2017
Chris Abe Chris Abe ...  Police Detective 2 episodes, 2017
Liam Ainsworth ...  PC William Gallagher 2 episodes, 2017
Fisayo Akinade ...  Theo 2 episodes, 2017
Thomas Aldersley Thomas Aldersley ...  DC Brian Fay 2 episodes, 2017
Joey Batey ...  Shelley 2 episodes, 2017
Jordan Bolger ...  Easy 2 episodes, 2017
Alison Burrows Alison Burrows ...  Katie 2 episodes, 2017
Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson ...  Derbyshire news reporter 2 episodes, 2017
Claire Cornmell Claire Cornmell ...  Poppy Johnston 2 episodes, 2017
Adam Fielding ...  Elijah Stubbs 2 episodes, 2017
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Danny 2 episodes, 2017
Eleni Foskett Eleni Foskett ...  Charli 2 episodes, 2017
Shari Fox Shari Fox ...  Trevor's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Emma Fryer ...  Linda Bates 2 episodes, 2017
Jessica Gunning ...  DC Sophie Carson 2 episodes, 2017
Michael Lambourne Michael Lambourne ...  Leather jacket man 2 episodes, 2017
Shaun Maddocks Shaun Maddocks ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2017
Tim McInnerny ...  Frank Linnell 2 episodes, 2017
Claudia Mirallegro Claudia Mirallegro ...  Magpie Waitress 2 episodes, 2017
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ...  Patrick Rushton 2 episodes, 2017
Johann Myers ...  Snooks 2 episodes, 2017
Kieran O'Brien ...  DS Gary Kenny 2 episodes, 2017
Rachel Priest Rachel Priest ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2017
David Prosho David Prosho ...  DCI Ted Carter / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Eve Robertson Eve Robertson ...  Annette Johnston 2 episodes, 2017
Daniel Scott Daniel Scott ...  Stephen Bates 2 episodes, 2017
Mark Sheals ...  Bob Patterson 2 episodes, 2017
Kevin Sutton Kevin Sutton ...  Gavin Sweeney 2 episodes, 2017
Leah Walker Leah Walker ...  Javine 2 episodes, 2017
Everal Walsh Everal Walsh ...  Clive 2 episodes, 2017
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Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker ...  DS Ralph Pearce 2 episodes, 2017
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As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.

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Some things should stay buried.

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English

Release Date:

11 July 2017 (UK) See more »

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In the Dark See more »

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England, UK

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Adapted from the novels In The Dark and Time of Death by Mark Billingham. See more »

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Generally pretty good
3 May 2018 | by morrataxcoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the first two stories more in this four-story series. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the first story rushed. I thought the pacing was good.

It was pretty obvious what had happened to Helen and Linda in the past, so it isn't exactly a big reveal. However, I didn't think that the flashbacks added much to the story - perhaps there were just too many of them and neither of the young actress resembled the older ones much. I liked that the resolution at the end included the historic case being reported, though.

I'm not sure that there was much original in the first case - one police officer has to convince another that the wrong person has been charged etc - we've seen this many times before, but I liked the dynamic of having an established couple working together rather than a romantic tension cliche. I thought Ben Batt was really convincing as an excited prospective father, it was interesting that Helen Weeks isn't an entirely likeable character and I thought Matt King's character added quite a lot.

You have to suspend belief a little in the second story - as if a woman about to give birth would rush around investigating a case. The character dynamic also completely changes. I must say, I really wasn't really that interested by the gang-member story and I didn't feel sorry enough for the new gang member's situation. Those parts felt like a distraction or padding.

Some things didn't make sense - why does the criminal Frank take the action he does in light of the information he gives to Helen at the end? He may have made assumptions initially, but his henchman seems to get the full story but the course of action continues. Also, an item is stolen, we can eventually guess who by or, at least, who had arranged it, but why isn't it mentioned during the resolution?

The ending was a little flat: you've kind of worked out some of it by then, I didn't buy the blackmail part and Helen's disgust didn't feel real enough. It was all over in five minutes with an off-camera confession.I felt a bit "cheated" by that!

I thought Matt King was underused in the second story and the David Leon character was woefully underdeveloped.

Still, I'd watch it were a second series made but it would be a different programme out of necessity.


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