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The investigation into a 12-year old disappearance is revived, and Lynley gets involved since he is a friend of the victim's family.


Robert Bierman


Elizabeth George (based on "Inspector Lynley Mysteries"), Ed Whitmore




Episode complete credited cast:
Jacob Avery Jacob Avery ... Justin Oborne
Georgina Rylance ... Julia Oborne
Nicholas Farrell ... Sam Oborne
Nathaniel Parker ... Inspector Thomas Lynley
John Shrapnel ... Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
Samantha Bond ... Vivienne Oborne
Sharon Small ... Sergeant Barbara Havers
Nicholas Brown Nicholas Brown ... Oliver Oborne
Ed Stoppard ... Conrad McCaffrey
Sam Cox Sam Cox ... Greg Sullivan
Alex Argenti Alex Argenti ... Hotel Manageress
Justin Pierre Justin Pierre ... DC Andy Vedder
Geraldine Somerville ... DS Michelle Tate
Paul Hickey ... Lafferty
Denise Gough ... Christine Faraday


Lynley is at a birthday party for the young son of some friends when the boy disappears. Twelve years later the boy's corpse is found and Lynley travels to Rome to accompany the dead boy's sister back to England for the funeral. However, the past seems to haunt her, and a break-in at her apartment leads Lynley to suspect that the 12-year old crime is still reverberating through the victim's family. At the same time, Lynley is also dealing with the death of Helen -- and not too well, tending to drown his sorrows rather than deal with the loss. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Release Date:

11 November 2007 (UK) See more »

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Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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1.78 : 1
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During the chase in Rome the burglar escapes during an interior scene - which was shot in the Old Bailey in London. English in a wall mural is quite clearly visible at the top of screen. See more »

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Trite and unconvincing - what a disappointment
16 June 2007 | by elisabeth-pintoSee all my reviews

What an absolutely appalling episode! Not only was the plot poorly put together and full of holes but the character development was terrible. Lynley continues his descent into Most Irritating Detective, whose way of coping with his wife's death is handled in the most trite of ways - if it is actually handled at all. Havers was disappointing, too, seemingly taking a backseat and running around after Lynley like an obedient puppy in the way that's just not plausible.

Only Parker and Small's acting made it bearable: when they actually had something to act with (such as during Lynley's interrogation by the DSI), they were wonderful.

I blame Elizabeth George in part - she's the one who keeps the characters in Limbo while her novels catch up with the fast pace of production. I wish she'd let them go and do their own thing.

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