Jericho (2005)
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The Killing of Johnny Swan 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 23 October 2005

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A year after Johnny Swan wins an important race against a Soviet runner, he and his three friends are caught up in a rematch and murder.


Nicholas Renton


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Ash ... Johnny Swan
Jemima Abey Jemima Abey ... Esther
Laurence Fox ... Peter Bridgewater
Matthew Barker Matthew Barker ... Brian Kellett
David Troughton ... Sgt. Clive Harvey
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ... Rita Harvey
Zoe Colton Zoe Colton ... Jenny Harvey
Tim Wallers ... Sports Commentator
Michael Feast ... Christopher Weaver
Constantine Gregory ... Tomas Kotov
Mark Wells ... Tony Weaver
Robert Lindsay ... D.I. Michael Jericho
Ciarán McMenamin ... DC John Caldicott
Nicholas Jones ... AC Graham Cherry
Brendan Coyle ... Christie


Jericho and his team investigate the double murder of a bride and a renowned runner which takes place in the bridal suite after national hero Johnny Swan gets married. The upcoming race between Swan and a Soviet runner was a national obsession, and the police must determine if international intrigue or a simple domestic triangle is at the heart of the crime. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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23 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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This was the only episode of this series not to take its title from a poem by T.S. Eliot. See more »

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atmospheric and best of the four...
3 December 2017 | by hamlet-16See all my reviews

Jericho was such a curates egg. Brilliant acting ... good cogent stories spoiled by an artificial style ... a sort of faux Noire ... often murky camera .... ultra closeups and a sound design leading to difficult to hear dialogue. (A problem the BBC suffers from a lot)

That said, this is the best episode of the four that make up the series.

A chilling Peter Bowles ... a sympathetic and expertly measured performance by William Ash as Johnny are only two amongst a really fabulous set of performances.

If the final scenes do not get to you then you have no heart.

So be prepared... there are twists and twists....

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