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Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The (BBC-1 2001-2008 with Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small)

UK / BBC One – WGBH Boston / 2×75 minute episodes 22×90 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 12 March 2001 – 1 June 2008

Novels: Elizabeth George / Costume: Claire Anderson / Producer: Ruth Baumgarten / Design: Anthony Ainsworth / Executive Producers: Jane Tranter, Rebecca Eaton / Camera: Jonathan Bloom

Crime drama series. Nathaniel Parker stars as posh, vintage Bristol driving Inspector Thomas Lynley, who, when he is not Inspectoring is the eigth Earl of Asherton. Sharon Small, meanwhile, is his take no nonsense working class Sergeant Barbara Havers. The pair team up in the pilot episode A Great Deliverance and it’s an uneasy alliance at first but as the first season progresses they come to understand and respect each other a little more.

Based on the series of novels by Elizabeth George, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a high quality detective drama. A little more languid than most and with plot lines involving poisonings and the death of a playwright it’s also something of an harkening back to the golden age of detective fiction.

The series sadly sort of just fizzled out, the final two episodes should have aired in 2007 but finally saw the light summer 2008.

cast
Nathaniel Parker as Insp Thomas Lynley
Sharon Small as DS Barbara Havers
Anthony Calf as Simon St James
Emma Fielding as Helen
Amanda Ryan as Deborah St James
Nicholas Day as Chief Supt Hillier
Paul Brennen as Supt Webberley
Rebecca Gallacher as Roberta Tey
Brendan Coyle as Richard Tey
Pooky Quesnel as Stepha Odell
Cate Hamer as Olivia Odell
Denise Black as Tessa Mowbray
Peter Halliday as Father Hart
Matthew Dunster as Ezra Farmington
Caroline Carver as Danny
Colum Convey as DS Niles

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 12-13 Mar 2001
1. A GREAT DELIVERANCE PART ONE
2. A GREAT DELIVERANCE PART TWO

SEASON TWO 8 Apr – 29 Apr 2002
1. WELL-SCHOOLED IN MURDER
2. PAYMENT IN BLOOD
3. FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA
4. MISSING JOSEPH

SEASON THREE 10 Mar – 31 Mar 2003
1. PLAYING FOR THE ASHES
2. IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ENEMY
3. A SUITABLE VENGEANCE
4. DECEPTION ON HIS MIND

SEASON FOUR 4 Mar – 5 Mar 2004
1. IN PURSUIT OF THE PROPER SINNER
2. A TRAITOR TO MEMORY
3. A CRY FOR JUSTICE
4. IF WISHES WERE HORSES

SEASON FIVE 17 Mar – 7 Apr 2005
1. IN DIVINE PROPORTION
2. IN THE GUISE OF DEATH
3. THE SEED OF CUNNING
4. THE WORD OF GOD

SEASON SIX 20 Jul – 10 Aug 2006
1. NATURAL CAUSES
2. ONE GUILTY DEED
3. CHINESE WALLS
4. IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

SEASON SEVEN 5 May – 1 Jun 2008
1. LIMBO
2. KNOW THINE ENEMY





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