Lynda La Plante infuses Trial & Retribution with the same gritty believability and penetrating drama that marked her famed series Prime Suspect. These "smartly crafted and acted" mysteries (San Francisco Chronicle) take viewers from the crime scene to the forensics laboratory and from police headquarters to the courtroom with innovative storytelling and compelling, fully realized characters.
As DCS Mike Walker and DCI Roisin Connor, David Hayman (Sid and Nancy) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) lend steely credibility to cases ripped from today's headlines. From a man who may have been wrongly convicted of murder to a seemingly untouchable Ukrainian billionaire, these four feature-length episodes take an unflinching look at criminal investigations and the scars left on the survivors. 4 episodes, 2 DVDs, approx. 368 minutes, SDH.
Volume XV: Rules of the Game: Part 1
When high-priced call girl Sofia Petrenko is found nude and strangled inside a trunk at London's Heathrow Airport, DCS Mike Walker ignores diplomatic warnings and arrests the trunk's owner, Ukrainian billionaire Vitali Malikov. After the well-connected suspect walks, Walker is embroiled in a high-stakes game of politics and murder.
Rules of the Game: Part 2
Malikov brings charges against Maryna, another prostitute, for assault. She claims self-defense, and Walker's obsession with Malikov and the death of Sofia redoubles. DCI Roisin Connor doubts the Ukrainian's involvement in the crime, and steers the investigation in a new direction.
Volume XVI: Kill the King: Part 1
Walker's friend Dr. Jonathan Carlisle, a famous pediatric surgeon, is killed. As Walker investigates, he learns that Carlisle had recently taken out a restraining order on the grieving father of a young girl who had died in his care. The suspect vanishes, sending Walker on a chase that leads to a tense confrontation.
Kill the King: Part 2
With no available suspect, the investigation delves more deeply into the victim's personal affairs. Details emerge of a darker secret life for Dr. Carlisle, and currents of revenge and infidelity change the team's focus. Even so, the death of the girl on the operating table may be crucial to the case.
Volume XVII: Conviction: Part 1
Ex-con Terry Dyer maintains his innocence even upon release, but the angry father of his alleged victim wounds him in an attempt at revenge. The violence brings Walker and Connor onto the case, and facts come to light that indicate a new suspect and a different motive in the 12-year-old crime.
Conviction: Part 2
Dyer is implicated in another murder investigation by DS Satchell, muddying the waters of the reopened case against him. Meanwhile, Walker is told a new version of what happened on the night of the original killing, a murder is confessed, and old files yield undiscovered evidence.
Volume XVIII: The Box: Part 1
On leave in Glasgow, Walker is drawn into the search for an old friend's missing sister. He also investigates the disappearance of a woman's daughter, only to find that both women were married, at different times, to the same man: Kevin Reid. Working with local police, he uncovers grisly evidence.
The Box: Part 2
The diary of one of the missing women indicates a new suspect in the case. The journal entries' authenticity falls into question, and the seeming dead end leads to the threat of a new killing. Video evidence sets Walker on a course with a deadly conclusion.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 368 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains nudity, disturbing images, and coarse language.
"Superb crime series"--The Sunday Times (UK)
"Engrossingly complex plots"--Daily Record (UK)
"Smartly crafted and acted"--San Francisco Chronicle