The Body Farm (2011–2012)
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Episode #1.2 

A severed hand is found in grounds belonging to reclusive ex-tycoon Harold Penton and Hale suspects it belongs to Sam Villiers,a teen-aged employee who disappeared after complaining of ... See full summary »


Diarmuid Lawrence


Simon Tyrrell, Declan Croghan (creator)


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Episode cast overview:
Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons ... Jason Quinn
Tara Fitzgerald ... Eve Lockhart
Keith Allen ... D.I. Hale
Wunmi Mosaku ... Rosa Gilbert
Mark Bazeley ... Mike
Finlay Robertson ... Oggy
Nico Mirallegro ... Sam Villiers
Gary Lewis ... Jimmy West
Michael Byrne ... Harold Penton
Kieran Hardcastle Kieran Hardcastle ... Sean
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Dr. Thomas Grove
Tanya Moodie ... Margot
Ray Emmet Brown ... Defence Barrister
Christine Cox Christine Cox ... Judge


A severed hand is found in grounds belonging to reclusive ex-tycoon Harold Penton and Hale suspects it belongs to Sam Villiers,a teen-aged employee who disappeared after complaining of sexual assault by Penton though,when the corpse is discovered, dental records show the victim to be drug-addicted rent boy Jason Quinn,who shared Sam's squat and was his lover. Penton's butler West is excessively protective of his employer and,to gain access to the old man,Eve and Hale need the assistance of his doctor - whose presence eventually helps solve the killing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama




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20 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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A steady improvement on the opener
10 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I was definitely harsh on the opening episode I found it incredibly pedestrian, the second offering is more appealing, it feels more professional. Lone cop DI Hale once again engages Eve and team with evidence of a single severed hand. They seek possible suspect Harold Penton, who has allegedly assaulted the victim, but initially encounter his butler Jimmy West, played by the velvet voiced Gary Lewis, he does have one awesome accent. We are continually treated to talk of decomposition and treated to the usual host of creepy crawlies, so the usual clichés continue. Hale continues throughout in an obnoxious manner, I am still kind of struggling to see how a DI works solo, why is there no hint of any other police? Who is Hale accountable to, if anyone? They are trying very hard to shock the viewer, with the usual host of gory looking cadavers. Oggy is the single most irritating character in the series, Mike seemingly has no personality, Rosa I'm starting to like, but again it feels like Tara is keeping the show on its feet single handed. We get two actors that are normally excellent value for money, Adam Kotz and Michael Byrne. The latter has had a fantastic career, and appeared in Waking the Dead's 'In the sight of the Lord,' a very strong serial in which Byrne was particularly good. This is a much better, much more coherent and far improved episode to the first one. The outcome is a little vague, but all in all, very good.

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