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The Shadow in the North (2007)

Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) and friends investigate the disappearance of a steamship, a magician who is threatened by thugs, a psychic with dark visions, and a heartless industrialist.


John Alexander


Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Harris ... Axel Bellmann
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Nellie Budd (as Dona Croll)
David Harewood ... Nicholas Bedwell
JJ Feild ... Frederick Garland
Billie Piper ... Sally Lockhart
Matt Smith ... Jim Taylor
John Standing ... Webster Garland
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ... Miss Walsh
Hayley Atwell ... Rosa Garland
Owen Roe ... Bram Stoker
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Alistair MacKinnon
Richard Clews Richard Clews ... Mr. Windlesham
Phil Cornwell ... Harris
Peter Whittington Peter Whittington ... Society Gentleman
Jack Brady ... Sackville


Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) now runs her own financial consulting business, while her friends Frederick Garland (J.J. Feild) and Jim Taylor (Matt Smith) have opened a detective agency. But when one of her clients loses money over a vanishing steamship, Sally and the young detectives join forces again. The mystery leads them to a threatened stage magician and a medium with a dark vision. Sally must also face an old enemy. Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

30 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventurile lui Sally Lockhart: Misterul Pietrei Polare See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Former Doctor Who (2005) companion Billie Piper (for the ninth and tenth Doctors) appeared in this movie with Matt Smith, who became the eleventh Doctor. See more »

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Victorian atmosphere, modern sensibility
27 October 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Shadow in the North" is one of those films that, even though it is set in another time, has a modern feel to it. It's not quite up to Masterpiece Mystery standards.

Former singer Billie Piper, a beautiful young woman and a fine actress, is Sally Lockhart. Sally is an investment adviser, but one of her clients has gone broke thanks to her advice. A ship with the commodities she invested in on board disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Lloyds of London refused to settle her claim.

Sally promises the woman that she will get every cent of her money back. She goes to see the ship owner, Axel Bellmann (Jared Harris), and demands that he return the money. He refuses.

Sally asks her friends, Fred Garland and Jim Taylor, who are detectives, to investigate for her. Bellmann turns out to be a ruthless arms merchant who has developed a steam gun that is very powerful and can be used against civilians.

Someone suggested that this movie is for young viewers and hence, the modern touches. Sally is a very independent and free-thinking woman who looks about as if she belongs in the Victorian era about as much as Miley Cyrus does. The full lips, the lack of deportment, her plain speaking, her boldness - not of the era. Also she's not a big one for wearing hats. Ethnic types abound and seem to be accepted by society. I have to to think all of this was to make it palatable to teenagers. I have no objection to that - it's a well acted if confusing story (magicians and spiritualists play a role in the plot as well), and Sally is indeed all about girl power. I would love to see Billie Piper in something else, maybe something truly modern.

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