Helen West (2002)
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Deep Sleep 

At home recuperating from an operation to remove an ovarian cyst, Crown Prosecutor Helen West begins to review files that have accumulated during her absence. She focuses on the case of ... See full summary »

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Justin Chadwick

Writers:

Frances Fyfield (based on the books by), Jacqueline Holborough (adapted for television by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Burton ... Helen West
Conor Mullen ... Chief Supt. Bailey
Dermot Crowley ... Philip Carlton
Annabelle Apsion ... Kim Perry
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Duncan Perry
Michael Byrne ... Sean Hazel
Nicholas Woodeson ... Brian Redwood
Cliff Parisi ... Steve
Harry Eden ... Tom Perry
Daniel Evans ... Daniel Maley
Diana Payan Diana Payan ... Margaret Carlton
Martin Freeman ... DC Stone
Jenna Stevens Jenna Stevens ... Nurse
Jessica Oyelowo ... Rose Darvey
Vera Jakob Vera Jakob ... Mrs. Wilkes
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At home recuperating from an operation to remove an ovarian cyst, Crown Prosecutor Helen West begins to review files that have accumulated during her absence. She focuses on the case of Margaret Carlton, who died unexpectedly. Her husband Philip is a pharmacist and he tells his assistant Kim Perry that his wife had become addicted to it and despite his best efforts, couldn't get her off the drug. The police think it's just an accident but Helen doesn't believe him and her boss tells her to drop it and concentrate on more important cases. Helen consults the anesthetist from her own recent operation and he is certain she could not have administered the high levels of chloroform found in her system on her own and someone else had to be involved. Her focus is on the dead woman's husband Philip who was at a hotel that night at a meeting with fellow pharmacists. When a local drug addict - who may or may not have seen Philip at home the night his wife died - is found dead by Helen's ... Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2002 (UK) See more »

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First of the short series
18 June 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Deep Sleep" is the first episode of "The Helen West Casebook," which probably was meant to last, but wound up as three episodes in 2002.

Amanda Burton is the Crown Prosecutor, Helen West. As she recuperates from an operation to remove an ovarian cyst, she looks at the new files from her office.

One file concerns that of Margaret Carlton, who died suddenly while her husband was away. It's found that she had 12 grams of cocaine in her system. Her husband is a pharmacist, and tells his assistant that his wife was an addict.

The police have written this off as an accident, but Helen isn't convinced. She consults an anesthetist friend of hers who tells her that the woman could not have snorted 12 grams on her own - she'd be unconscious before the end.

Helen knows there is more there and continues to pursue it.

Amanda Burton is lovely as Helen, but this episode, at least, moved slowly. It's a good, solid story though. Just not all that exciting in its presentation.

Look for Martin Freeman, Dr. Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, in a small role.


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