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Squaring the Circle: Part 1 

A shootout at a City hotel leaves young Ukrainian nanny Sofia Teplov dead, along with an unknown hitman. The Russian oligarch target Maksim Bazhanov narrowly escapes.


Marek Losey


Matthew Arlidge

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Episode credited cast:
Emilia Fox ... Dr. Nikki Alexander
David Caves ... Jack Hodgson
Richard Lintern ... Dr. Thomas Chamberlain
Liz Carr ... Clarissa Mullery
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Barrow ... Security Guard
Phil Campbell Phil Campbell ... Graham Bowles
Katarina Cas ... Kristina Bazhanov
Richard Cook Richard Cook ... Kolya Bazhanov
Savana Davis Savana Davis ... Lucy Parks
Shaun Dingwall ... Adam Lansley
Abhin Galeya ... Daniel Doshi
Pippa Haywood ... Justine Greenwood
Cameron Jack ... Lewis Milton (2015)
Gary Kane Gary Kane ... Thug
Branka Katic ... Yelena Markov


Gunmen open fire on Russian oligarch Maksim Bazhanov, killing Sofia, his daughter's nanny who was about to bring her family over from the Ukraine though the gunmen also are killed. Maksim tells D.I. Sarah Parks that he believes the attack was political as he opposes the Russian government though anti-capitalists out to reclaim London from the super rich are also at work and Maksim is anxious to divorce his estranged wife Kristina to go to America with his lover, Yasmin. sister of colleague Daniel Doshi. Nikki is surprised to learn the identity of the gunmen and overhears council leader Justine Greenwood telling Sarah to keep her investigation apolitical. Then Yasmin makes a grisly discovery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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26 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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An explosive start, and intriguing opener.
1 April 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A very dramatic opening, one that definitely grabs your attention. It's a very interesting storyline, intriguing also because you can see politics at play, and the fact that the Lyell team and Police are obstructed by the powers that be.

It's like a fashion shoot, the episode is full of gorgeous looking people, beautiful women, gorgeous men, a little unrealistic I guess.

The acting is excellent, Anamaria Marinca in particular stands out, a true talent. No real backstory for any of the regulars, it's totally story focused. Some great action moments.

A story very relevant to the time, Russian Oligarchs were big news. The Crimea had been annexed, so tensions between Russia and the west were hugely strained.

An interesting watch, both politically and for the story. 8/10

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