& Retribution The Fourth Collection
surprisingly one of televisions
best-loved crime dramas, Lynda La
Trial & Retribution returns to
DVD with the Fourth Collection
featuring three hard-hitting double
episodes to keep you guessing...
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SUSPENSE, great storylines, terrific acting
and a plot to keep you guessing, look no further than Lynda La Plante's
brilliant crime drama series Trial & Retribution, originally broadcast
Out now on DVD is the Fourth Collection of the series, courtesy of Acorn Media,
featuring three stand-alone, high-quality double episodes: Paradise Lost;
Curriculum Vitae; and Mirror Image.
Series creator Lynda La Plante holds the unofficial title of 'Queen of the Television
Thriller' for her consistently excellent work in British Crime Drama. And the
riveting Trial & Retribution is no exception to her meticulous rule.
Ten years of solving dark and disturbing cases has taken its toll on the work-weary
Trial & Retribution team that heads up the action. They are joined by
two noteworthy new team members: DI Moira Lynch (Kerry Fox: Intimacy, Nostradamus,
Waking The Dead) and DI Jack Mullins (David O'Hara: The Departed, Hotel
Rwanda, Prime Suspect), who slip nicely into the series alongside the creditable
existing main cast DCS Michael Walker (David Hayman: The Boy In The
Striped Pyjamas, Rob Roy, Sid And Nancy); DCI Roisin Connor (Victoria Smurfit:
About A Boy, Bulletproof Monk, The Beach); and DS David Satchell (Dorian
Lough: Notting Hill, Eastenders, Charles II: The Power & The Passion).
Dr Jean Mullins is played by Gemma Jones.
Presented as a stunning three-disc set, Trial & Retribution: The Fourth Collection
features star turns from Michael Nardone (Rome, Skins, Taggart) and
rising star Kierston Wareing (It's A Free World, Wire In The Blood, Rise
Of The Footsoldier). Each episode of this must-see drama pushes out the
boundaries of both the team and the audience, with the race on to solve shocking
and terrible crimes. And the team must keep their wits about them in order to
guarantee that justice is served.
Paradise Lost, written by Julie Dixon, sees a serial rapist targeting
white partners of black men. When Sarah Tennant is violently raped and murdered,
her black boyfriend Milton Jones (superbly played by Clint Dyer) confesses that
he was 'stoned' and becomes the number one suspect. A pair of his bloodied trainers
turn up, and it is beginning to look as if he killed Sarah in a drug-fuelled
Insisting that there was another man present in their flat but that he cannot
remember what he looked like, Milton is overwrought and attempts suicide. With
his life hanging in the balance, no evidence to support the presence of a third
person, the victim of a similar crime missing, DCI Connor's disintegrating relationship
with a barrister working on the case and the team facing accusations of racism,
how will it work out?
The second feature, Curriculum Vitae, follows single mother Suzy MacDonald
(Victoria Hamilton) as she sets off to Heathrow Airport to fly to Scotland for
a business black-tie event, reluctantly leaving her 18-month-old baby girl,
Poppy, in the supposedly capable hands of new nanny Leanne Taylor (Sinead Matthews).
Finding she cannot board a 'plane without any photographic ID, she returns home
to find her car gone, the front door open and no sign of Leanne. Although Poppy
is tucked up in her cot seemingly asleep, she is, in fact, dead.
In a complex story where blame shifts from Leanne to Suzy, DCI Walker and his
team take on the mammoth and emotive task of unravelling the mystery and trying
to find out who Leanne Taylor really is; racing against time to prevent another
such incident, while the hysterical Suzy who had suffered badly with
postnatal depression and has already miscarried one child finds herself
in the middle of a living nightmare.
As each part of the puzzle is fitted together, the team are told that Poppy
had soapy water in her lungs and bruising consistent with careless handling,
suggesting that she was held under her bathwater until she drowned. And Suzy's
car has been found burned out on a local Council housing estate.
The only clues are from a young Downs Syndrome boy, Miles Deacon (the charming
Max Lewis), with an unreliable watch, and Kim-Ly Chang (Teo Wa Yuong)
a nanny who knew Leanne and who took a photograph of Suzy holding Poppy with
a badly bruised forehead. But even when the team catches up with the cool, calm
and calculating Leanne, nothing is certain. Curriculum Vitae is written
by Phil Gladwyn, Produced by Christopher Hall and Lynda La Plante and Directed
by Tristram Powell.
In the final feature, Mirror Image, housekeeper Janet Jenkins (Michelle
Fairley) makes a shocking discovery when she returns to her nearby flat to find
the door to her employer's home open and both Police Commander Jack Delany (Brian
Gwaspari) who used to work in Drug Squad and his wife Honor (Gillian
Gordon) shot dead and lying in a pool of their own blood.
Although at first believing it to be a burglary that had gone wrong, DCI Walker
and the team soon discover that there is something more sinister going on. The
couple's identical twin sons, Michael (Robert Timmins) and Rory (Jonathan Timmins)
both benefit from their parents' will. But so does Honor's half-brother Paul
Mandray (Greg Hicks) and his wife Nicole (the ever-fresh Kim Thomson); and also
Janet Jenkins, who was having an affair with Jack.
As the investigation progresses, Roisin Connor's secret relationship with DS
Sam Palmer (Vince Leigh) is about to collapse as she again mixes business with
pleasure to the detriment of her private life.
The twins and their father were members of a gun club and regularly went clay
pigeon shooting. And Michael apparently has a drug habit he needs to finance
and a girlfriend, Charlotte Rogers (Olivia Hallinan) who mysteriously sports
a very large ruby and diamond ring. Where did Jack go when the couple first
got home and why didn't he hear his wife's screams? Who has the most to gain
from Jack and Honor's deaths and are their twin sons as innocent as they claim
or did they work together to get away with patricide?
Mirror Image includes two fabulous actresses whose portrayal of their
characters is a joy to watch Fiona Shaw as Prosecutor Jo Wilson QC and
Suzanne Bertish as Vivienne Newburgh. Mirror Image is Written by Lynda
La Plante, Produced by Christopher Hall and Lynda La Plante and Directed by
Lynda La Plante's Trial & Retribution
The Fourth Collection is released on 27 December (2008). Gruesome
scenes and occasional strong language are kept to a minimum. Catalogue No: AV9673
| Running Time: 409 minutes on three discs | RRP: £24.99 | Certificate: 18.
"If you're looking for suspense, great storylines, terrific acting and a plot
to keep you guessing, look no further than Lynda La Plante's brilliant crime
drama series Trial & Retribution" Maggie Woods, MotorBar