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Murder on the Home Front (2013)

Set during the London Blitz of 1940, this is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities.

Director:

Geoffrey Sax

Writers:

David Kane, Molly Lefebure (memoirs by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Kennedy ... Lennox Collins
Tamzin Merchant ... Molly Cooper
Emerald Fennell ... Issy Quennell
James Fleet ... Professor Stephens
David Sturzaker David Sturzaker ... Freddie Wilkins
Iain McKee ... DS Brady
Ryan Gage ... Danny Hastings
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holly Atkins Holly Atkins ... Mrs. Clayton
Joey Batey ... Dixie
Susie Blake ... Miss Jenkins
John Bowe ... Ronald Terry
Richard Bremmer ... Charlie Maxton
Letty Butler Letty Butler ... Gilda
Jake Curran ... Beckett
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ... Jane
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At the height of the London blitz Dr Lennox Collins,pioneer of the new forensic science,is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue. Wilkins' chief suspect is shy young Anglo-German Wilfred Ziegler,who found the body but Lennox dismisses this as Ziegler is left-handed and the killer was not.The trail leads to the Metropole club,frequented by Mary,where Lennox's new assistant Molly meets the sinister owner Danny Hastings but then two more women are killed in the same way. A rent boy places closet gay actor Ronald Terry at the scene of the last murder though Terry denies seeing anything. However Lennox and Molly are soon investigating Terry's apparent suicide - which they work out is murder. Lennox takes Hastings' DNA but is attacked by men in gas masks and,when Wilkins is taken off the case after bullying Ziegler into a confession, it looks as if Hastings has corrupt police officers in his pocket. Acting separately Lennox ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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London 1940. The Blitz. Murder, mayhem and the birth of modern forensics.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder on the Home Front See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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(2 parts)

Color:

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The aircraft in the opening titles have D Day marking on the wings but it is set in 1940 See more »

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Ultimately Fails
21 February 2015 | by youngman44See all my reviews

You know that commercial with the young adults trying to flee a murderer and the girl cries out, "There's a car, let's go!" And one of the young man says, "No, let's hide behind those chainsaws!" - mocking the utterly foolish decisions people make in horror movies (or, really, the poor storytelling of the writers)?

Well, that's part of the problem with this program. I don't dislike the actors and the plot line has potential (though it's a bit of a mimic of the great Foyle's War - except for a forensic expert).

But, there are far too many predictable features. Bad decisions as in the horror story pattern. The typical supervisory stupidity and skepticism and corruption in high places is also present.

I had high hopes with this. Great setting (WWII London). Decent acting. Plenty of potential but ultimately it is frustrating.

It's just a boiler-plate crime story-line copied thousands of times by one TV show after another.

I am normally not at all that critical about such programs. There was some enjoyment in the program. But, seriously is there no originality left?


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