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In the Dark 

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As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.
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Series cast summary:
Ben Batt ...  DI Paul Hopkins 4 episodes, 2017
MyAnna Buring ...  DI Helen Weeks 4 episodes, 2017
Matt King ...  Phil Hendricks 4 episodes, 2017
David Leon ...  DI Adam Perrin 4 episodes, 2017
Georgia Moffett ...  Jenny 4 episodes, 2017
Jamie Sives ...  DCI Jack Gosforth 4 episodes, 2017
Pearce Quigley ...  Trevor Hare 3 episodes, 2017
Stewart Scudamore ...  Syd 3 episodes, 2017
Annabel Tiffin Annabel Tiffin ...  BBC North West presenter 3 episodes, 2017
Clive Wood ...  Robert Weeks 3 episodes, 2017
Louise Delamere ...  Sarah Rushton 2 episodes, 2017
Chris Abe Chris Abe ...  Police Detective 2 episodes, 2017
Liam Ainsworth ...  PC William Gallagher 2 episodes, 2017
Fisayo Akinade ...  Theo 2 episodes, 2017
Thomas Aldersley Thomas Aldersley ...  DC Brian Fay 2 episodes, 2017
Joey Batey ...  Shelley 2 episodes, 2017
Jordan Bolger ...  Easy 2 episodes, 2017
Alison Burrows Alison Burrows ...  Katie 2 episodes, 2017
Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson ...  Derbyshire news reporter 2 episodes, 2017
Claire Cornmell Claire Cornmell ...  Poppy Johnston 2 episodes, 2017
Adam Fielding ...  Elijah Stubbs 2 episodes, 2017
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Danny 2 episodes, 2017
Eleni Foskett Eleni Foskett ...  Charli 2 episodes, 2017
Shari Fox Shari Fox ...  Trevor's Wife / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Emma Fryer ...  Linda Bates 2 episodes, 2017
Jessica Gunning Jessica Gunning ...  DC Sophie Carson 2 episodes, 2017
Michael Lambourne Michael Lambourne ...  Leather jacket man 2 episodes, 2017
Shaun Maddocks Shaun Maddocks ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2017
Tim McInnerny ...  Frank Linnell 2 episodes, 2017
Claudia Mirallegro Claudia Mirallegro ...  Magpie Waitress 2 episodes, 2017
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ...  Patrick Rushton 2 episodes, 2017
Johann Myers ...  Snooks 2 episodes, 2017
Kieran O'Brien ...  DS Gary Kenny 2 episodes, 2017
Rachel Priest Rachel Priest ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2017
David Prosho ...  DCI Ted Carter / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Eve Robertson Eve Robertson ...  Annette Johnston 2 episodes, 2017
Daniel Scott Daniel Scott ...  Stephen Bates 2 episodes, 2017
Mark Sheals ...  Bob Patterson 2 episodes, 2017
Kevin Sutton ...  Gavin Sweeney 2 episodes, 2017
Leah Walker Leah Walker ...  Javine 2 episodes, 2017
Everal Walsh Everal Walsh ...  Clive 2 episodes, 2017
Ashley Walters ...  DI Tim Cornish 2 episodes, 2017
Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker ...  DS Ralph Pearce 2 episodes, 2017


As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.

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11 July 2017 (UK) See more »

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In the Dark See more »

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England, UK

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Louise Delamere (Sarah Rushton) & Ben Batt (DI Paul Hopkins) also worked together on two episodes of Scott & Bailey (2011) as Caroline Savage & DC Kevin Lumb respectively. See more »


Featured in North West Today: Episode dated 11 July 2017 (2017) See more »

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Don't you haunt me baby
4 August 2017 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I'm not familiar with the source book by Mark Billingham and so was initially confused by the format of this four-part crime drama consisting of two loosely connected stories run together one after the other.

The first story was a traditional whodunnit in a familiar set-up where two young girls go missing, one turns up dead and there's a race to save the other one. Returning to her detested home town is pregnant police detective Helen Weeks played by Myanna Buring, ostensibly to comfort her childhood friend, whose husband is the prime suspect, but of course she can't resist some investigating of her own. Not only that, it turns out that her main reason for hating her upbringing was a childhood trauma she shared with her friend, which means some clichéd encounters with her phantom childhood self as she battles her demons, not to mention wider local prejudice, to crack the case. We've all seen these kind of stories spread out over 6-8 episodes so I suppose I should be grateful for the concision here but somehow it did feel a touch rushed although I'll confess I didn't guess the perpetrator.

Did I mention that our girl was conflicted in her love life? Despite having an apparently happy relationship with "good bloke" fellow cop Paul, she has a fling with another cop, a Jamie Dornan lookalike, to the extent that she doesn't know who the father of her child is. This plays onto the third and fourth episodes where, now heavily pregnant, her life is turned upside down by an apparently tragic accident involving one of the men in her life which goes onto involve gang warfare in inner Manchester, with a mounting body-count which doesn't stop until the last scene. This story was much darker, more urban, more interesting I thought and contrasted with the more traditional story at the heart of episodes 1 and 2.

I suppose the two differing stories show how different one case can be from the next but didn't exactly make for convincing continuity. Buring's lone-wolf activities, especially in the second half, take some swallowing as she puts herself and her almost-due child at great personal risk as she tangles with teenage gangs and criminal overlords in pursuit of the truth.

Buring was okay in a sub-Anna Friel-type part but Ben Batt (a lookalike for pop singer Chris Martin) was better in the thankless task of the cuckolded boyfriend. There were some odd background characters you suspect there for PC reasons like Buring's gay dad and his boyfriend and her very camp forensics chum who isn't above following men into toilets. I did like the acting of the young black actor who played the new teenage father drawn into gangdom to provide for his girlfriend and child.

For me though, on the whole, there were too many situations, too many characters and too many coincidences, plus I never really cared for Buring's character much from the start. But the detective parts were fine as was the depiction of inner city life and strife in Manchester making it a slightly above average crime drama of its type.

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