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This season of BBC’s action-packed crime thriller, forensic pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan (Amanda Burton) has forged a career as a London University professor. Still, she can’t resist consulting on three cases that draw her into a web of intrigue, half-truths, and dangerous liaisons. First, did drugs, alcohol, or a heart attack cause a helicopter pilot to crash, or is there something darker afoot? Next, can a long-buried body pulled from a bog help her crack a modern gangland murder? Finally, is the unidentified victim of a cinema fire connected to a years-old murder case? As passion and professionalism blur, Sam finds herself drawn both to ex-flame DCI Michael Connor and convicted killer Chris Caldwell, but with what consequences? 5 3/4 hours on 2 Discs. SDH.
1. Gone Tomorrow (Part 1)
Top pathologist Sam Ryan is now a professor teaching at London University. Sam is called in by ex-Detective Inspector Leslie Peterson, now a Coroner's officer, who is investigating the ditching of a helicopter ferrying crew to a gas rig with 14 passengers and two crew on board. "Every hour that God sent, he flew for you," Liz (wife of the captain, Matt Davies) accuses Jim Thorn,Thorn Air’s chief executive. "Something had to give, didn't it? He tried to tell you, but you wouldn't listen. Now it's too late, we've lost all those men and everybody is going to know who's responsible." Ryan learns from the autopsy that the captain died of a heart attack. "I don't think the heart attack was the cause of the crash," she warns the investigators. "We already know he sent the first distress call, so they were already in trouble before the co-pilot called Mayday." Further tests reveal that his blood contained traces of alcohol, and Sam is concerned about a needle puncture mark on his arm. With 75 commercial helicopters grounded, accident investigator Tony Newsome needs answers as swiftly as possible: "But without an airframe, the victims' bodies are the only evidence we're likely to find, which means it's all down to you," he tells Sam.
2. Gone Tomorrow (Part 2)
All Sam's skills are required when 10 more bodies are recovered from the North Sea, and the piecing together of the jigsaw of evidence begins in earnest with her pathology team.The discovery that a new rotor bolt was fitted to the crash helicopter recently and that the files are not up-to-date raises more questions.Who supplied and fitted the parts, and did the pilot and engineer sign them off?
3. A Kind of Justice (Part 1)
Sam Ryan takes on a gangland murder case to help builder Brian McNally, whom she believes to be innocent. "You've heard of the Krays?" DI Stuart Lightfoot asks Sam. "Mike and Tony Georghiou - more powerful, more ruthless, richer, and active now. Mike Georghiou has been found dead in a builder's yard, and his brother, Tony, thinks that McNally is responsible." But McNally claims that he was beaten up only yesterday by Mike, and Sam Ryan is asked to confirm that McNally's injuries are not fresh ones caused by the murder, as he believes he is being framed. Sam is intrigued by the fact that the murder was carried out with a wire garrott – similar to a double-murder on Dartford Heath, when Tony Georghiou was the principal suspect, the victims being his business partner and wife. Drugs, violence, loan-sharking, gun-running – and police corruption – are all part of the Georghiou business. The discovery of a long-buried body in a bog also interests Professor Ryan. "In 1815 a male body was found in this bog," archaeologist Dr Podmore tells her. "It was so perfectly preserved, an inquest was held, even though the style of its clothing dated back two thousand years. In 1884, the upper half of a child's body was found: alongside it was a dugout canoe. Both those bodies were lost and I don't intend to lose this one." Sam decides that, such is the age of the body, only carbon dating will reveal the truth. The police are concerned that there was a disappearance in the same area in 1969 - and now they have a body.
4. A Kind of Justice (Part 2)
Following the death of murder suspect Brian McNally, Sam Ryan is approached by his daughter. While Sam continues her investigations into the apparently ancient body found in a local bog, she is also confused by DI Stuart Lightfoot's insistence that McNally's death was obviously suicide. "McNally jumped to his death under the influence of fear, booze and ketamine. We want to focus our limited resources on a serious gangland murder, we can't waste them on a suicide." McNally's solicitor daughter is convinced that her father would never kill himself, whatever pressure he was under, and approaches Sam for support. Only a second post-mortem may prove the truth. Is there a connection between the body in the bog and an earlier gangland killing allegedly involving the Georghiou brothers - and will Sam's post-mortem help to establish if Brian McNally was murdered?
5. A Good Body (Part 1)
When a dozen people die in a cinema fire, Connor - now a detective chief inspector - is in charge of the investigation and, over dinner with Sam Ryan, explains that he is coming back to London. Could their relationship be rekindled, or have they both moved on? Pathologists and police manage to identify all but one of the victims, which frustrates Sam: "Someone out there knows him," she says to coroner Penelope Arnold, and recommends the use of a medical artist - but they don't come any closer to putting a name to the face. Connor thinks that the man reminds him of an informer,Terry Fulton, who was murdered five years ago by Chris Caldwell. But Fulton's body was never found which, as Sam points out, means that if the body in the cinema is Fulton, then Caldwell is not guilty of murder.
6. A Good Body (Part 2)
Having learned that violent criminal Chris Caldwell may have been wrongly convicted for murder, Sam and DCI Michael Connor are eager to get at the truth – Sam more than Connor. Caldwell's lawyer, Jill Newman asks Sam: "We understand you've raised the possibility that Terry Fulton was alive five years after the alleged murder for which my client was convicted. We'd like to know if you'll take instructions from us as an expert witness." The news that Sam will be working with Caldwell is something which Connor finds a tad frustrating: "I thought we were on the same side," he complains bitterly. "He started giving information to the police," Caldwell tells Sam. "From my point of view, he wasn't a threat, just a nuisance. So I confronted him in the pub and hit him, and left it at that." He gives them the name of Fulton's sometime partner, Paula Crewe, and it isn't long before Connor is knocking on her door and tracking down Fulton's medical records. But someone else is showing interest in the same information - and he isn't working for the police. "This inquiry is being sabotaged," announces Sam. "Who's going to look bad if Chris Caldwell gets out? If there's any further ante-mortem evidence, I'll secure it myself." But when Sam confirms evidence that frees Caldwell, is she also in danger of becoming too close to her subject?
|Run Time:||5 3/4 Hours|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Special Features:||Silent Witness|
|UPC Code :||883929479979|