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Touching Evil 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (1997–1999)
Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

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Paul Abbott
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Series cast summary:
Robson Green ...  Dave Creegan 16 episodes, 1997-1999
Nicola Walker ...  Susan Taylor / ... 16 episodes, 1997-1999
Shaun Dingwall ...  Mark Rivers / ... 16 episodes, 1997-1999
Michael Feast ...  Commander Enwright / ... 15 episodes, 1997-1999
Mary Cunningham Mary Cunningham ...  Marion 11 episodes, 1997-1998
Saskia Downes Saskia Downes ...  Kerry Creegan 7 episodes, 1997-1998
Antony Byrne Antony Byrne ...  Barry 7 episodes, 1997-1998
Holly Earl ...  Louise Creegan 7 episodes, 1997-1998
Molly Moloney Molly Moloney ...  Ruby Creegan 7 episodes, 1997-1998
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Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county. Written by Loryn <scearley@hotmail.com>

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police | murder | See All (2) »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery!: Touching Evil II See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Creegan: He's a pimp.
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Connections

Remade as Touching Evil (2004) See more »

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Brilliant Start for a Compelling Series
15 January 2003 | by d_sakakiSee all my reviews

I actually saw part of this series while in London, and about a year later, PBS's Mystery! series picked it up (thank God) and was lucky enough to see all of the "Touching Evil" movies. While I only caught part of it in London, I was immediately compelled by what I saw -- gritty and dark storylines, pushed by characters that were convincing in that you really felt like they witnessed some of the most vicious aspects of human nature. The plots orbit around Robson Green's portrayal of cop Dave Creegan and his serial crime investigation unit as they barrel through London, tracking down serial killers. It's easy enough to say he's the archetypal anti-hero -- he's just gone back on the job from a near-death gunshot wound to the head (he's got a little scar), his family life's gone down the crapper (wife and kids left him), and he really is married to his work. But he's the anti-anti-hero; a Dirty Harry who's a real person. He struggles with his personal life as he tries to be emotionally supportive of his ex-wife's new life (what a concept, eh?), and you can see the pain on his face as he watches his small children with first-hand knowledge of the real evil out in the world. All the "Touching Evil" movies are well-done; each story is unique in its serial killer's modus operandi -- all very macabre. The moody filming adds to the bleakness. The deadpan cold moodiness is very similar to that "X-Files" ennui, and its gritty perspective of policework is very "Prime Suspect". The characters are all believable -- serious, professional, and very real. No ex-Playmates or pretty-boy faces, just compelling acting against some pretty grisly storylines.


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