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TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (2008)
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A young girl mysteriously vanishes from her English village home. 45 years later, a journalist's attempts to make a documentary on the case threaten to shatter the lives of all involved.
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Series cast summary:
Lee Ingleby ...  DI George Bennett 3 episodes, 2008
Emma Cunniffe ...  Ruth Hawkin 3 episodes, 2008
Philip Jackson ...  Old George Bennett 3 episodes, 2008
Juliet Stevenson ...  Catherine Heathcote 3 episodes, 2008
Elizabeth Day Elizabeth Day ...  Sasha Heathcote 3 episodes, 2008
Tony Maudsley ...  DS Tommy Clough 3 episodes, 2008
Greg Wise ...  Philip Hawkin 3 episodes, 2008
Poppy Goodburn Poppy Goodburn ...  Alison Carter 3 episodes, 2008
Mikey North ...  Charlie Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Danny Tennant Danny Tennant ...  PC Swindells 3 episodes, 2008
Sheila Reid ...  Ma Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Danny Sapani ...  Keith Slocombe 3 episodes, 2008
Joy Blakeman Joy Blakeman ...  Kathy Lomas 3 episodes, 2008
Zoe Telford ...  Nicola Curry 3 episodes, 2008
Liz Moscrop Liz Moscrop ...  Laura 3 episodes, 2008
Philip Whitchurch ...  DCI Culver 2 episodes, 2008
Romy Baskerville Romy Baskerville ...  Margaret Bennett 2 episodes, 2008
Dave Hill Dave Hill ...  Old Tommy Clough 2 episodes, 2008
Peter Cartwright ...  Judge Sampson 2 episodes, 2008
Chris Brailsford ...  Dan Crowther 2 episodes, 2008
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ...  Dr. Panaseer 2 episodes, 2008
Miranda Williams Miranda Williams ...  Young Catherine 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Wyett Paul Wyett ...  Don Smart 2 episodes, 2008
Dirk Smith Dirk Smith ...  PC Dawson 2 episodes, 2008
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In 1963, Alison Carter left her home in the small English village of Scardale and vanished. The mystery devastated the community and captivated police officer George Bennett. In modern day London, journalist Catherine Heathcote is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the case. However, the previously helpful Bennett, now in his seventies, suddenly pulls out of the film. What makes him hesitant to discuss the case that made him a hero? The past and present interweave as both Bennett and Heathcote attempt to unravel the mysteries. Written by L. Hamre

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Aired in the USA as a two-part movie on PBS, November 1 and 8, 2009. See more »

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someone left the cake out in the rain
27 April 2012 | by oblivionhahaSee all my reviews

as a fan of wire in the blood, i was excited to see this mini series adaptation of another of val mcdermid's novels . without giving too much away, an investigative journalist / documentary filmmaker confronts a nasty nearly 50 year old crime head on discovers, in the process, that pieces of her own personal history are intertwined with her documentary subject. this could have made for some interesting twists and turns but unfortunately, the narrative never truly takes flight, the suspense never builds, and, outside of the fine old and young detective George, key characters never get the development that would have enriched this sordid tale. subsequently, the whole thing feels flat. add to that a few poor choices for period defining characters in the likes of the step father circa early 1960s,a general inability to compellingly capture the period and a plodding slouch towards its conclusion and you're left with a sort of watchable, mostly innocuous time waster that doesn't have much to recommend it.


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