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In My Protection 

The murder of an elderly Jewish toymaker by a fourteen year-old by a challenged orphan is initially thought a robbery, but Reid begins to suspect "a wider purpose."


Tom Shankland


Richard Warlow (creator), Richard Warlow


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Captain Homer Jackson
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
Jonathan Barnwell ... PC Dick Hobbs
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
David Dawson ... Fred Best
Charlene McKenna ... Rose Erskine
Amanda Hale ... Emily Reid
Lucy Cohu ... Deborah Goren
Joseph Gilgun ... Carmichael
Hugh O'Conor ... Mr. Eagles
Michael Smiley ... George Lusk
Giacomo Mancini ... Thomas Gower
Beverley Klein Beverley Klein ... Mrs. Manby


Elderly toy maker Ernest Manby is murdered and robbed,his tongue cut out and the local vigilance group arrest fourteen year old street urchin Thomas Gower,who is found with Mr Manby's money box. The boy is sentenced to hang,having said nothing to defend himself,but Reid is aware that Gower was part of a street gang of boys whose leader ordered the killing. Thomas agrees to talk to Reid but the gang goes after him,killing the lawyer who tried to protect him. Thomas takes refuge at Deborah Goren's orphanage,from where he was taken to work the streets,and is joined by Reid and Drake. A siege ensues before Reid learns the real reason for the toy masker's slaying and justice is done. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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UK | Ireland



Release Date:

26 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Did You Know?


The episode title "In My Protection," is spoken by Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) of Thomas Gower (Giacomo Mancini). "He is my prisoner and in my protection." See more »


In 1889, toymaker Ernest Manby's shop contains teddy bears - actually first produced in 1902 - and toys which replicate the "sawing a woman in half" stage illusion, which was not performed until 1921. See more »


Deborah Goren: [Speaking to Det. Insp. Reid] Children. Men say some are born evil, others blameless. The truth, in my experience, is simpler. They are mirrors, as evil or as innocent as the world that gives life to them. And this world, I need not to tell you this, this world is a wicked one.
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