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Threads of Silk and Gold 

The murder of a telegraph boy uncovers a secret network of homosexual prostitution within the post office. Two of the young men are found to have been blackmailing a client, which could lead to potential scandal.


Kieron Hawkes




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Cpt. Homer Jackson
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
David Dawson ... Fred Best
Leanne Best ... Jane Cobden
Frank Harper ... Silas Duggan
Gillian Saker ... Bella Drake
Damien Molony ... Det. Const. Albert Flight
Peter Sullivan ... Franklin Stone
Scott Handy ... Solomon Quint
Belinda Stewart-Wilson ... Prudence Quint
Andrew Tiernan ... James Self
Frankie McCafferty ... Hotel Manager


As the police raid a homosexual brothel Reid investigates the murder of telegraph boy Otto Roberts though the intended victim David Goodbody was in bed with his boyfriend Vincent at the time. The boys were planning to blackmail Solomon Quint, a married banker recently dismissed from his post. Quint is found dead but Homer deduces that he was murdered and his death made to resemble suicide. Reid discovers that a rent boy ring was being run from the GPO offices but David tells him that Quint's boss Franklin Stone was the man who most wanted his disposal and indeed the eventual motive has nothing to do with sexual peccadilloes and everything with money. Meanwhile Homer's attempt to confront Duggan over the money Susan owes does not end well for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Dolby Digital



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Did You Know?


The episode opens at a time when police were cracking down on male brothels, or molly houses. It is inspired by and contains allusions to a police investigation in 1889 that centred on a molly house in Cleveland Street in Fitzrovia involving telegraph boys, peers and MPs. See more »


When Reid confronts Stone in his office, Stone is only halfway done his drink when Reid storms out. In the next shot, as Stone is alone and contemplating their conversation, he idly tips the glass from side to side in his hand (nothing spills as it is now empty.) See more »


Detective Inspector Edmund Reid: Miss Cobden. I hope you'll excuse the hour.
Jane Cobden: It is excused, Inspector.
Detective Inspector Edmund Reid: You see, I... I have of late had cause for reflection.
Jane Cobden: Would you care to sit? Or would you prefer to share the results of your ruminations from the threshold?
Detective Inspector Edmund Reid: It is a rare thing to find a friend in this world, a true friend. Rarer still one that might become more. There are some that do however and risk all for it. And even though the world in all its might might seek to snuff out their love, they burn with it, fierce and ...
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