Above Suspicion (TV series)
|Written by||Lynda La Plante|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
Lynda La Plante
Lynda La Plante|
90 mins. (Series 1, w/advertisements)|
60 mins. (Series 2-4, w/advertisements)
|Production company(s)||La Plante Productions|
|Original release||4 January 2009 – 9 January 2012|
Above Suspicion is a British crime drama based on the series of Anna Travis novels written by Lynda La Plante. The series stars Kelly Reilly and Ciarán Hinds as the protagonists Anna Travis and James Langton. Four series were broadcast over a total of four years. The first episode was broadcast on January 4, 2009, and the final episode on January 28, 2012. The first three series all aired on consecutive nights; whereas the fourth series a more traditional weekly format. The series was axed on May 28, 2012, citing a drop in viewing figures as the main reason.
Above Suspicion follows the work of D.C. Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly), a rookie detective determined to prove herself in the male-dominated police department by solving a trail of gruesome murders left by an unknown serial killer. Reilly said of the part; "Well, she's not a political character like Jane Tennison, she's not fighting her ground and it's almost like she just doesn't care. She has an insouciance… she wears those skirts and those heels, and while I don't think she uses her femininity or anything like that, she just doesn't hide it. There's a dilemma for the audience, because normally your prejudices would invite you to dismiss a woman like her who seems a bit awkward and wears tight skirts. But she brings something fresh in among those hackneyed male detectives."
- Kelly Reilly as D.C./D.S./D.I. Anna Travis
- Ciarán Hinds as D.C.I./D.C.S. James Langton
- Shaun Dingwall as D.I./D.C.I. Mike Lewis
- Daniel Catagirone as D.S. Paul Baroilli (Series 1)
- Celyn Jones as D.S. Paul Barolli (Series 2-4)
- Michelle Holmes as D.C. Barbara Maddox
- Amanda Lawrence as D.C. Joan Faulkland
- Nadia Cameron-Blakey as Commander Jane Leigh (Series 1-2)
- Martin Herdman as D.C.I. Elliot Hudson (Series 1)
- Stuart Organ as D.C.I. Bill Morgan (Series 2)
- Ray Fearon as D.C.I./Commander Sam Power (Series 3-4)
Series 1 (2009)
Guest cast in this series include Jason Durr as Alan Daniels; Emma Pollard as Melissa Stephens; and Malcolm Storry as John McDowell. The Daily Telegraph described the series as "Lynda La Plante's younger, sassier successor to Prime Suspect."
Series 2 (2010)
Guest cast in this series include Ty Glaser as Louise Pennel; Edward MacLiam as Richard Reynolds; Sylvia Syms as Mrs. Hedges; and Simon Williams as Charles Wickenham. This series was partly based on a true story, known as the Black Dahlia murder. The series was reviewed favourably by The Daily Telegraph, with a request for "more please."
Series 3 (2011)
Guest cast in this series include Robbie Gee as Silas Roach and Andrew Woodall as David Rushton. The first episode opened with 5.495 million viewers on ITV, a 19.5% share, with another 326,000 on ITV HD. It was narrowly beaten by BBC One's new series of Silent Witness which, with 5.877 million viewers, had a 20.9% share of the 9-10pm audience.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Original airdate|| Viewers|
|1||"Deadly Intent: Part 1"||Noel Farragher||Gillies Mackinnon||3 January 2011||7.02m|
|When a man brutally murders the surgeon who has just changed his face, the team find themselves in the middle of a double murder investigation as they also investigate the shooting of a retired police officer, known by Langton at a drug dealer's den on a seedy estate, which soon links into one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, a drug dealer who disappeared over ten years ago.|
|2||"Deadly Intent: Part 2"||Noel Farragher||Gillies Mackinnon||4 January 2011||5.84m|
|Whilst Roache admits to shooting Frank in a panic, he denies killing Danny. Middle-class drop-out and user Julian D'Anton's prints are on Danny's car, though Langton considers him too small-time to be a murderer. From a photograph, Anna identifies Julia's ex-husband Collingwood as an international criminal and asks Sam Power to contact the FBI for details of his crimes in America.|
|3||"Deadly Intent: Part 3"||Noel Farragher||Gillies Mackinnon||5 January 2011||5.84m|
|A fraud squad inspector visits Langton, to discover the whereabouts of Julius, but this proves to be Fitzpatrick in disguise, who stole all the Drop Dead after finding them in Danny's car. Fitzpatrick retrieves his haul after killing Julius's wife, but a vital clue is provided when DNA matching that found at the crack den matches that at Helga's farm-house and she admits to sheltering Fitzpatrick on his return to England after his operation in Mexico.|
Series 4 (2012)
Part of Silent Scream was filmed in Lexham Mews, W8. Joanna Vanderham guest stars as Amanda Delaney.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Original airdate|| Viewers|
|1||"Silent Scream: Part 1"||Lynda La Plante||Catherine Moorshead||9 January 2012||6.95m|
|Angered at being passed over for promotion to commander in favour of the younger, less experienced Sam Power, Langton heads the investigation into the murder of temperamental, promiscuous film star Amanda Delaney, who was seemingly about to embark on tell-tale memoirs. Langton and Travis are interested in a crucifix found on the corpse which did not belong to the victim.|
|2||"Silent Scream: Part 2"||Lynda La Plante||Catherine Moorshead||16 January 2012||6.32m|
|After interviewing Josh Lyons, who was going to publish Amanda's scandalous memoir, Anna convinces Langton she did not ruin his promotion chances. The police also pull in Helena Mitchell, wife of another of Amanda's lovers, who visited her to ask her to end the affair, but left while she was still alive. She does however report seeing a man at the flat, and then, another corpse is found.|
|3||"Silent Scream: Part 3"||Lynda La Plante||Catherine Moorshead||23 January 2012||6.39m|
|After the body of Felicity Turner, another of Amanda's old flatmates, is dragged from the river, the remaining college contemporary, Jeanie Bale, is brought in. She admits to having Amanda's diary, which she was planning to sell to Mr Delaney for five thousand pounds. The diary also reveals that Lester James, the youngest of the three brothers who acted as Amanda's drivers, was also her lover and pusher.|
- Munn, Patrick (28 May 2012). "ITV Cancels 'Above Suspicion' & 'Kidnap And Ransom'". TVWise. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- Tucker, Liam (9 January 2012). "Above Suspicion Returns Tonight – Our Interview with Celyn Jones". TV Pixie. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- Above Suspicion: Lynda La Plante's younger, sassier successor to Prime Suspect The Telegraph. 30/12/08
- 6.8m are 'Above Suspicion' on ITV1 Digital Spy.5/1/08
- TV ratings – La Plante's ITV drama grows to over 7 million viewers The Guardian. 6/1/09
- "Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia, ITV, review". The Daily Telegraph. London. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- Plunkett, John (5 January 2010). "TV ratings: Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion wins 9pm slot for ITV". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent, ITV1, TV ratings". The Guardian. London. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Mews News Issue 33. Lurot Brand. Spring 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Above Suspicion: Silent Scream". TV Pixie. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- Above Suspicion at itv.com
- Above Suspicion at stv.tv
- Above Suspicion at the Internet Movie Database
- Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia at the Internet Movie Database
- Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent at the Internet Movie Database
- Above Suspicion: Silent Scream at the Internet Movie Database
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- Woods, Judith (17 October 2008). "Lynda La Plante's life story will be 'vicious'". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
- Above Suspicion Season 1 – Ciarán Hinds' website
- Red Dahlia Season 2 – Ciarán Hinds' website
- Deadly Intent Season 3 – Ciarán Hinds' website