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The Commander: The Devil You Know (2007)

When the DCI on the case goes into labor, Commander Clare Blake takes charge in the investigation of a dead 2-year-old girl found on the site of a now abandoned psychiatric institute. The ... See full summary »

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Ashley Pearce

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Lynda La Plante
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Burton ... Commander Blake
Mark Lewis Jones ... DI Doug James
Nadine Marshall Nadine Marshall ... DC Alison Goody
Matt Day ... Eric Thornton
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Thornton
Simon Williams ... John Thornton
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Judy Thornton
Caroline Harker ... Sasha Thornton
Adam James ... Tony Lattice
Blake Ritson ... John Littlewood
Nicola Stapleton ... Louise Parker
Sam Cox Sam Cox ... Norman Sidgewick
Connie Hyde Connie Hyde ... DCI Janet Chambers
Philip Fox Philip Fox ... Bill Flaxen
Nicola Alexis Nicola Alexis ... Margie
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When the DCI on the case goes into labor, Commander Clare Blake takes charge in the investigation of a dead 2-year-old girl found on the site of a now abandoned psychiatric institute. The girl has been dead for several years but the body was preserved in a tightly sealed drum and is well preserved as a result. She also has a cross branded onto her chest. The pathologist's report is inconclusive so the team starts to check medical records of former patients. Eric Thornton and John Littlewood figure prominently in hospital files, but when it's confirmed that Littlewood has died, the police focus all their effort on Thornton. Written by garykmcd

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8 July 2007 (UK) See more »

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Poliisikomentaja Blake: Pahantekijä See more »

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La Plante Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Eric Thornton, was eating toast cut into strips called soldiers, which can be dipped into a soft boiled (steamed) or poached egg. See more »

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police procedural a bit slow
6 March 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The body of a little girl is found preserved in a sealed drum at an abandoned psychiatric institute. The DCI in charged of the unit goes into labor and Commander Clare Blake comes in to take over. Two former patients Eric Thornton and John Littlewood become the prime suspects. An Irish nurse is suspected to be pregnant at the time. As they search for Eric, they collide with a rival drug investigation. Eric's sister has a doll collection that seems to be connected to the body.

This starts with an intriguing visual of a girl stuffed in a drum. It's almost artistic. The investigation is pretty standard. There are a lot of interrogations and interviews. It makes the story go a bit slow. I also don't like Eric Thornton's inner voice and hallucinations. It keeps his exchanges tiresome and slow. The material doesn't flow fast enough. It's a functional police procedural. The new characters are in flux and Blake's new right hand man needs time to develop.


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