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Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia (ITV Crime, Kelly Reilly, Ciaran Hinds)

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Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia ITV Kelly Reilly

In the second three part Above Suspicion story, The Red Dahlia, rising DC Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) is once again teamed with DCI James Langton (Ciaran Hinds) in another unmissable but occasionally downright gruesome murder mystery. It begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman by the Thames River found in a style that seems to echo the famous unsolved 1947 Los Angeles murder case that was dubbed the Black Dahlia by the press.

Langton insists on a press embargo on the horrific nature of the injuries, but a cleaned-up photograph of the girl is issued to aid identification. The move pays off when Sharon Bilkin (Holliday Grainger) contacts Travis after recognising the victim as her flatmate, Louise Pennel (Ty Glaser). Louise had recently been seen in the company of a tall man in his fifties who had greying dark hair and was wearing a long, black coat. Travis races to stay one step ahead of the killer, using the original case as a sort of instruction manual, but a one night stand with journalist Richard Reynolds (Edward MacLiam) threatens to derail the investigation when the shocking details of the murder make headlines in every newspaper.

Langton is livid at Travis’s naivety and orders her to stay off the case. However, the pair are forced to pull together to stop the depraved copycat killer before he strikes again.

Cast: KELLY REILLY as DC Anna Travis; CIARAN HINDS as DCI James Langton; NADIA CAMERON-BLAKEY as Commander Jane Leigh; SHAUN DINGWALL as DI Mike Lewis; HOLLIDAY GRAINGER as Sharon Bilkin; MICHELLE HOLMES as DC Barbara Maddox; CELYN JONES as DS Paul Barolli; SYLVIA SYMS as Mrs Hedges; SIMON WILLIAMS as Charles Wickenham; EDWARD MacLIAM as Richard Reynolds; AMANDA LAWRENCE as DC Joan Faukland; TY GLASER as Louis Pennel; HANNAH MURRAY as Emily Wickenham; EDWARD BENNETT as Edward Wickenham

Writer: Lynda La Plante / Director: Gillies MacKinnon

UK / ITV1 / 3×50 minute episodes / 4 – 6 January 2010