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Walking on Water: Part 1 

DNA evidence clears a man of the murder of his adopted fisherman stepfather eleven years earlier, but who killed him and who was responsible for the simultaneous disappearance of three female family members?


Andy Hay


Barbara Machin (creator), Simon Mirren

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
Craig Kelly ... Mark / Maria Lovell
Alan McKenna ... Martin Lovell
Ian Burfield ... Stephen Lovell
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Mandy Lovell
Alan Ford ... Jack Ely
Trevor Peacock ... Bill Durham
Stuart Graham ... Fin Dawley
Ray Fearon ... Miles Patterson
Matthew Scurfield ... Inspector Tynan
Bonnie Hurren Bonnie Hurren ... Judge


When DNA testing leads to the acquittal of Mark Lovell in the murder of his adoptive father 11 years previously, Supt. Boyd pushes to re-open the case. Although Lovell was only charged with killing one person, three other family members also disappeared as well as the family-owned fishing boat. While he accepts the forensic evidence that set Lovell free, Boyd isn't entirely convinced of his innocence. When the sunken boat is located, Boyd makes plans to raise it, but the remaining family isn't very cooperative. Mark has assumed a new persona, Maria and is alienated from what family he has left. When the boat is raised it's apparent that the three occupants were murdered. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

21 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Dolby SR
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Did You Know?


Trevor Eve (Det Supt Peter Boyd) & Alan Ford (Jack Ely) also worked together on episode 1.3 Unforgotten: Episode #1.3 (2015) of Unforgotten (2015) as Sir Phillip Cross & Tommy Pinion respectively. See more »


DS Spencer Jordan: Where's the evidence?
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: Oh, come on, Spence, please. Come on! Lack of evidence of fornsics should not prevent intellectual speculation. You start with ideas, ideas, ideas. Yes, Spence, and then use forensics as a tool to validate those ideas!
DS Amelia 'Mel' Silver: You think Frankie's a tool?
Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd: [to Frankie] No, I don't think you're a tool, Frankie!
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You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman
(uncredited) (1967)
Written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Jerry Wexler
Sung by Craig Kelly
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TW for this double ep
24 August 2018 | by mathilda-p-sjobergSee all my reviews

So I have seen no trigger warnings for this episode and just wanted to get this out there, as I found it very frustrating, and others might fing this episode triggering (and while it is very old, it might still be needed). Disclosure, I am cis, so this is not analysing, just TWs. TRIGGER WARNING: transphobia (deadnaming, use of wrong pronouns, etc)

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