Trial & Retribution (1997– )
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The Lovers: Part 1 

A newly-wed couple are broken up when the husband goes missing. Has he done a runner or is there more to it?


Tristram Powell


Lynda La Plante


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Hayman ... Chief Supt Michael Walker
Victoria Smurfit ... DCI Roisin Connor
Michael Feast ... Tom Franke
Miriam Heard Miriam Heard ... Susan Harrington
David Calder ... William Thorpe
Penny Downie ... Mrs. Thorpe
Dorian Lough Dorian Lough ... DS David Satchell
Gemma Jones ... Dr. Jean Mullins
Sarah Ozeke Sarah Ozeke ... DC Lisa West
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Enid Franke
Patrick Godfrey ... Mr. Gordon
Gerard Murphy ... DS Gregg
Milo Twomey Milo Twomey ... Mark Harrington
Penny Smith Penny Smith ... TV Interviewer
Paul Ready ... Harry Cranley


The police investigate the disappearance of Mark Harrington who simply vanished on his honeymoon while shopping in Covent Garden. The Commissioner has asked Det. Chief Supt. Murphy to look intro the case as the man's father-in-law, William Thorpe, is a close friend. Murphy presses DCI Roisin O'Connor to take on the case. They arrest two street hustlers when one of them uses Mark's credit card but they don't believe they're up to murder. When the missing man's frantic wife puts up a reward for information, against police advice, she is bombarded with false leads. From CCTV footage however, they do focus on a man wearing a plaster cast on his left arm and who, according to one of the local vendors, wears a wig. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

7 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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La Plante Productions See more »
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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Followed by Trial & Retribution: Curriculum Vitae: Part 1 (2007) See more »

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Is La Plante running out of ideas ?
9 November 2005 | by olofinsbootsSee all my reviews

An enjoyable drama, well acted and well directed , but any readers familiar with the cult novel Het Gouden Ei (The Golden Egg) by Tim Krabbé , or the dutch movie Spoorloss and its Hollywood remake The Vanishing will find this a curious offering, particularly as full writing credits are given to La Plante.

This is essentially a re write of a re write, and leaves a question mark in my mind over the validity of its existence. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery Krabbé can sleep well in the knowledge that his work has found its way from the cult arena to the mainstream. If not the lack of recognition this has earned him.

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