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The Shadow in the North (BBC Drama, Billie Piper)

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In period TV Movie, The Shadow in the North, based on the novel by Philip Pullman, when an elderly client loses a fortune on an investment, fearless Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) will stop at nothing to rectify the situation — even if it means risking everything important to her in the process.

As Sally sorts out the threads of the mystery — a magician being pursued by thugs, a clairvoyant who sees a brutal murder in the woods and a rich, heartless industrialist on a mad mission — nothing fits together. But as Sally closes in on the truth, it becomes devastatingly clear that her life will be forever altered.

Cast: Billie Piper (Sally Lockhart), Jared Harris (Axel Bellmann), J. J. Feild (Frederick Garland), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Alistair Mackinnon), John Standing (Webster Garland), Lyndsey Marshall (Isabel Meredith), Dona Croll (Nellie Budd), Matt Smith (Jim Taylor), David Harewood (Nicholas Bedwell), Hayley Atwell (Rosa Garland), Antonia Pemberton (Miss Walsh), Owen Roe (Bram Stoker), Richard Clews (Mr Windlesham), Peter Whittington (Society Gentleman), Phil Cornwell (Harris), Jack Brady (Sackville), Nicholas Blane (Mr Harkness), Jenifer Armitage (Mrs Jamieson Wilcox), Georgia King (Lady Mary), Roger Braban (Butler), Crispin Redman (Lord Wytham), Leelo Ross (Mrs Mooney), Paul Copley (Paton), Adjoa Andoh (Jessie Saxon), Lorenzo Camporese (Painter), Nick Mason (Worker), Nitin Ganatra (Patents Clerk), Vyelle Croom (Mr Brown), Nicholas Gasson (Porter), Alan Barnes (Bellmann’s Secretary)

Writer: Adrian Hodges / Novel: Philip Pullman / Script Editor: Caroline Skinner / Music: John Lunn / Production Design: Charmian Adams / Executive Producers: Rebecca Eaton, Sally Woodward Gentle / Producer: Kate Bartlett / Director: John Alexander

UK / BBC One – WGBH Boston / 1×95 minute episode / Broadcast 30 December 2007