Lynda La Plante-creator of the award-winning Prime Suspect, widely regarded as the ultimate intelligent crime drama-scores again with Trial & Retribution. From the scene of the crime to the tactics in the courtroom, these British thrillers explore the bitter internal rivalries among police investigators, the political pressures of high-profile cases, and the legal maneuverings of defense attorneys and prosecutors. As always, La Plante plumbs the emotional depths of her characters with dark and often disturbing results. In these riveting, full-length features, police probe an abandoned house concealing multiple murders, a dysfunctional family with a deeply troubled musical prodigy, the mysterious disappearance of a well-connected woman, and a shadowy sex club for London's elite. tarring David Hayman (Hope and Glory), Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy), with guest stars Charles Dance, Gemma Jones, Ben Cross, Tim McInnerny, and Simon Callow. 4 episodes, 4 DVDs, approx. 731 minutes.
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Skeletons keep turning up at 34 Hallerton Road in North London. The bones belong to three young women killed more than 17 years earlier, when a respectable, church-going family ran a bed-and-breakfast there. Led by Michael Walker, investigators focus on Mrs. Dorothy Norton and her daughter Kathleen--the former B&B's surviving proprietors--and Graham Richards, their erstwhile boarder. While probing the house's long-buried secrets, Walker feels increased pressure at home as his partner, Pat North, copes with the aftereffects of her miscarriage and the continuing demands of Walker's estranged wife.
After a young mother gets abducted in the woods, a sweep of known sex offenders produces a prime suspect: Bob Brickman, who quickly confesses to raping and murdering the woman. But he doesn't fit the eye witnesses' description, and he can't lead police to the body. Nonetheless, DI Pat North and her team investigate Brickman, his surly brother, and his musically gifted son. Meanwhile, Michael Walker deals with his estranged wife's abusive new boyfriend in an escalating confrontation that eventually threatens Walker's family and his very life.
Back in uniform and stuck at a desk job, DCS Michael Walker looks into the disappearance of Diane Harwood, the daughter of the judge who presided over his murder trial. Professional tensions increase when Walker's ambitious, hostile former subordinate, DCI Roisin Connor, sets up shop in Walker's station to investigate a woman's severed hand found on a nearby riverbank. The two investigations converge, and Walker sees the opportunity to get his career back on track--if he can convict Diane's murderer, whom Walker believes is feigning psychosis.
A beautiful young woman falls from a luxury high-rise onto the hood of a car, sparking an inquiry into a private sex club that caters to wealthy, powerful men with kinky predilections. When DCS Michael Walker steps in to oversee the case at the behest of his superiors, DCI Roisin Connor openly suspects that Walker will cover for his prominent friends. While Walker becomes romantically involved with an informant, Connor goes undercover at the sex club to ferret out the killer.
- Interviews with David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon
- Text description of the Criminal Investigation Department
- Biography of Lynda La Plante
Packaging: Boxed Set
Run Time: 731 minutes
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
A "Riveting and convincing drama"--Campus Circle Magazine
"Superb. The best in television."--Elnsiders.com
"Gritty crime-drama series"--Evening Standard (London)
"A British spin on the Law & Order format"--The Boston Globe
"This series is masterfully written, and an absolute joy to watch. Lynda La Plante has created an absolute masterpiece."--Blogger News Network
"Top quality crime drama, more brutal than Midsomer Murders but easily its equal in the entertainment stakes."--MemorableTV.com
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment, 1998)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (1998)
Royal Television Society Award (UK) Nomination for Best Single Drama (1998)
Liverpool Echo Arts Award for Best Television Writer (Lynda La Plante, 1997)