Posted: 06/22/2008


The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Series VII


by Del Harvey

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Two detectives from opposite sides of the tracks—aristocratic, blue-blooded Thomas Lynley and his acerbic sidekick Barbara Havers, unite in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Series VII.

When the body of Lynley’s godson is discovered more than a decade after his disappearance, Lynley is drawn into the case, leading him first to Rome and then deep into the middle of a new murder inquiry—in which Lynley himself becomes the prime suspect. And Lynley and Havers’ friendship is pushed to its limits in a high-profile, psychologically-chilling investigation into the abduction of two teenage girls in a London suburb.

When it debuted on PBS in 2002, The Wall Street Journal declared The Inspector Lynley Mysteries “fully worthy of the Mystery! label.” Six years later, it’s time to say goodbye to novelist Elizabeth George’s seemingly mismatched partners—the dashing blueblood Thomas Lynley, eighth Earl of Asherton (Nathaniel Parker), and his working-class sidekick, Barbara Havers (Sharon Small).

In the two new episodes of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Series VII (“Limbo,” “Know Thine Enemy”), the celebrated Scotland Yard duo, known as much for fighting crime as for locking horns with one another, collaborate on two final cases. Six months after a great personal tragedy, it seems Lynley is drowning (and drowning in) his sorrows. An old, unsolved and very personal case and a new one involving the possibility of a serial killer in suburban London prove to be complex challenges for Lynley and Havers.

An encore presentation of Series VI (“Natural Causes,” “One Guilty Deed,” “Chinese Walls,” “Blink of an Eye”) finds Lynley and Havers facing new tensions, both personal and professional. Through it all, no detective is better suited to explore the secrets of the upper classes than Lynley. And while Havers may not know her earl from her escargot, she knows how to dig for clues in places too seedy for the well-manicured Lynley.

Airs August 10, 2008

Six months have passed since the shocking death of Lynley’s wife, Helen, and Havers is concerned that her partner is drowning (and drowning in) his sorrows. As Lynley struggles to come to terms with his grief, he’s unexpectedly drawn back in to the 15-year-old unsolved abduction of his godson. A reconnaissance trip to Rome on behalf of the family ends in a second tragedy—with Lynley at its center. When Lynley is arrested for murder, he and Havers battle against time, the apparent facts of the case and an ambitious professional rival to clear his name and find the real perpetrator.

Know Thine Enemy
Airs August 17th, 2008

His reputation restored, Lynley is back in action as he and Havers try to solve the murder of one schoolgirl and the disappearance of another. Is a serial killer on the loose in suburban London? What is the mother of one of the girls hiding? And who is the mysterious redhead seen with both girls before they disappeared? Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War) and James D’Arcy (Mansfield Park) co-star in this psychological chiller, which pushes the detectives’ friendship to the brink and leaves one of them questioning a critical judgment call.

Del Harvey is a filmmaker, film teacher, writer and the founder of Film Monthly, living in Chicago.

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