The complete first and second series of the BBC detective drama starring Nathaniel Parker as DI Thomas Lynley and Sharon Small as his partner DS Barbara Havers. In the first series, a decapitated farmer sparks fear into a neighbourhood, the murder of a controversial playwright poses questions of artistic differences and a case of mistaken identity proves fatal for Rev. Robin Sage (Tony Boncza). In the second series, Lynley and Havers solve four more puzzling crimes: the death of a star cricketer, the abduction and killing of a government minister’s daughter, a murder on Lynley’s ancestral estate, and the suspicious death of a young Asian man. Series 1 episodes are: ‘A Great Deliverance’, ‘Well Schooled in Murder’, ‘Payment in Blood’, ‘For the Sake of Elena’ and ‘Missing Joseph’. Series 2 episodes are: ‘Playing for the Ashes’, ‘In the Presence of the Enemy’, ‘A Suitable Vengeance’ and ‘Deception on His Mind’.
Pilot – Disc OneTwo-Part Pilot Episode: A Great Deliverance: Investigating the beheading of a Yorkshire farmer in front of his traumatised teenage daughter Lynley discovers his aggressive new sergeant Havers has no time for upper class police officers. Series One – Disc TwoWell-Schooled in Murder: The search for a missing schoolboy uncovers a den of iniquity secrecy and lies at an old public school. Meanwhile Havers has problems with her senile mother and Lynley with his love life. Payment in Blood: Helen Clyde is one of the guests at the seaside home of a famous theatre producer where a playwright has been found dead. But is the presence of his old friend clouding Lynley’s professional judgement? Series One – Disc ThreeFor the Sake of Elena: When Elena a beautiful deaf Cambridge student is bludgeoned to death Havers and Lynley suspect different people and follow their own line of enquiry. Missing Joseph: In an apparently tranquil Lancashire village local herbalist Juliet Spence has poisoned the local vicar. Was it a tragic mistake or a deliberate act of murder? Series Two – Disc OnePlaying for the Ashes: The body of cricket star Kenneth Fleming is found in a burnt-out house the victim of an arson attack. It emerges that Kenneth has three women in his life – a lifelong patron and mentor Miriam Whitelaw; his married lover Gabriella Patten; and his childhood sweetheart and devoted wife Jeannie any of whom might be guilty. In the Presence of the Enemy: Lynley and Havers investigate a case of kidnapping involving a left-wing MP Eve Bowen and a right-wing publisher Dennis Luxford. Luxford enlists the help of his close friend and criminal profiler Helen Clyde who is also close to Lynley but betrayal lurks around every corner. Series Two – Disc TwoA Suitable Vengeance: Lynley’s dreams come true as he returns to his ancestral pile to celebrate his engagement to the woman he loves. However a brutal murder on the grounds of his idyllic Cornish estate sheds new light on the Inspector and his surprisingly dysfunctional family. Deception on his Mind: The body of a young Asian man is found on a beach in the seaside resort of Balford-le-Nez. Havers finds herself with time on her hands as Lynley is on honeymoon and decides to assist a friend in the investigation.