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Tournament of Shadows 

A Jewish man is murdered, and it soon becomes clear that he had uncovered a complex spy plot involving striking workers and the Russian secret police.


Colm McCarthy


Toby Finlay, Richard Warlow (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Captain Homer Jackson
Michael McElhatton ... Commissioner James Munro
Clive Russell ... Chief Inspector Fred Abberline
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
Jonathan Barnwell ... P.C. Dick Hobbs
Lucy Cohu ... Deborah Goren
Amanda Hale ... Emily Reid
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
Peter Ferdinando ... Peter Morris
Derek Riddell ... Constantine
Justin Avoth Justin Avoth ... Isaac Bloom
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Joshua Bloom
David Verrey David Verrey ... Volsky


Joshua Bloom is killed in an explosion at his house, supposedly by one of his homemade bombs as he was a member of a radical Jewish group. The group is linked to a strike at the docks, but Jackson establishes that Joshua was murdered. Joshua's brother Isaac tells Reid it was because he had recognized a spy for the Russian secret police, who had come to Whitechapel. Going undercover as a striker, Jackson identifies the spy, whose assignment is to whip up hatred against Jewish groups by launching a bombing campaign for which the Jews will be blamed. Reid is appalled to learn that the thuggish special branch officer, Constantine, approves this. Reid has to prevent a bombing outrage on a scale far larger than Constantine had imagined. Reid also confides in Deborah Goren how he lost his daughter, whose body was never found after a boating accident. They kiss but are observed by Drake. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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UK | Ireland


English | Latin

Release Date:

23 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Did You Know?


Mention of Haymarket to Jackson references the bombing that occurred at a peaceful pro-labor, pro-strike rally on May 4, 1886, at Chicago's Haymarket Square. The anarchist was never identified, and the incident resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and four citizens plus numerous injuries. It was dubbed :The Haymarket Riots," and is also termed "The Haymarket Affair" and "The Haymarket Massacre." See more »


Several union banners are printed in Gill Sans, a typeface not created until the 1920s. See more »


Volsky: The chess game our two empires are playing in India, Persia, Afghanistan, this is the game we play here in London. Do you know what we call it in Russia? Tuniry teney, "tournament of shadows." And that is what you are chasing, Inspector, a shadow. And the closer you try to shine your little torch the less you will ever see.
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La Traviata
(1853) (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (as Giuseppi Verdi)
[Heard on child's music box]
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A short comment on the twisting of historical facts
8 September 2015 | by martauchertSee all my reviews

I just wanted to answer the last comment made about this episode. The show is known for taking liberties with historical facts, changing the time of certain events to fit the plot. Yet, historical accuracies are usually not as strong as mentioned in said comment. The assassination referred to is most likely that of Alexander II. in 1881. If you are interested you can find information about the event and the historical context here (for a start): The overall historic context of the episode is thus correct concerning this particular aspect.

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