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Helen West (ITV Crime Drama, Amanda Burton)

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In this short run crime drama series Helen West (Amanda Burton) works for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) deciding whether cases should be prosecuted in court. Helen is never afraid of getting personally involved in her troubling and usually gruesome cases. In true maverick style she also has a dodgy home life involved as she is in an off-on relationship with copper Chief Superintendent Bailey (played by Conor Mullen).

Based on the novels by Frances Fyfield only three feature length episodes were made. Prominent guest stars included Martin Freeman, Abigail Cruttenden, Julie T. Wallace, Annabelle Apsion, Rita Tushingham, Dermot Crowley and Anthony Howell (of Foyle’s War).

ITV had previously adapted a Fyfield book in 1999 called TRIAL BY FIRE with Juliet Stevenson in the lead role.

Cast: AMANDA BURTON as Helen West; CONOR MULLEN as Chief Supt Bailey; NICHOLAS WOODESON as Brian Redwood; MARTIN FREEMAN as Detective Constable Stone

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Music: Richard G. Mitchell / Novels: Frances Fyfield / Producer: Alan Wright

UK | ITV-1 / 3×120 minutes / 6 – 20 May 2002


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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