In the Dark (2017)
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Episode #1.1 

Manchester-based DI Helen Weeks returns to her hometown of Polesford, Derbyshire when the husband of her childhood best friend is arrested in connection with the abduction of two girls.


Gilles Bannier


Mark Billingham (novels), Daniel Brocklehurst (adapted by)


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Episode credited cast:
Chris Abe Chris Abe ... Police Detective
Liam Ainsworth ... PC William Gallagher
Joey Batey ... Shelley
Ben Batt ... DI Paul Hopkins
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Police officer
Sophie Bloor Sophie Bloor ... Young Helen
Anthony Bowers Anthony Bowers ... Scene of Crime officer
MyAnna Buring ... DI Helen Weeks
Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson ... Patrick Axford
Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson ... Derbyshire news reporter
Curtis Cole Curtis Cole ... PC Mickey Finch
Claire Cornmell Claire Cornmell ... Poppy Johnston
Alicya Eyo Alicya Eyo ... Davina
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ... Danny
Eleni Foskett Eleni Foskett ... Charli


DI Helen Weeks, pregnant by boyfriend and colleague Paul Hopkins, returns with him to her home town of Polesford, where Stephen Bates, husband of old school-mate Linda, is chief suspect in the disappearance of schoolgirls Abigail Toms and Poppy Johnston, being the last person to see Poppy alive. When Abigail's body is found there is evidence that she had been in Stephen's car and that he watched child porn. Though not officially on the case Helen is keen to support Linda. Searching the woods where Abigail was found Helen surprises taxi driver Gavin Sweeney, boyfriend of another school-mate Paula whilst ex-cop turned pub owner Trevor Hare is convinced of Stephen's innocence. Then Helen gets a shock phone call regarding her unborn child's paternity. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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11 July 2017 (UK) See more »

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MyAnna Buring (DI Helen Weeks) & Ben Batt (DI Paul Hopkins) also worked together on episode 2.2, Prey: Episode #2.2 (2015), of Prey (2014), as Jules Hope & Joseph Kijek respectively. See more »

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Episode 1
12 July 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A punchy and pacy first episode in this crime thriller adapted from a book by Mark Billingham.

DI Helen Weeks (MyAnna Buring) as had enough of chasing drug dealers and benefits cheats in Manchester. She is pregnant and her partner Paul Hopkins (Ben Batt) also a detective is happy with the news, she is less so.

When Helen catches news footage of two girls who have disappeared in the fictional Derbyshire town of Polesford where Helen grew up, she recognises that the main suspect is the husband of her best friend, Linda. Helen gets seconded to the investigation.

When she arrives at rainy Polesford she finds that the murder detective Tim Cornish (Ashley Walters) is determined to pin it on Linda's husband, Stephen Bates. There is a DNA match, he liked teen porn and it looks like a open and shut case especially when one of the girl's body is found in the woods. However Helen seems dissatisfied with the investigation.

Obviously there are several strands at play here. Helen is pregnant but the father may not be Paul. There seems to be an incident in the past that affected Helen and Linda as teenagers that might mirror what is happening at the present.

At the moment we are kept in the dark but the opening episode did have its fair share of clichés or other suspects.

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