Murderland: Episode 2

Monday, 26 October 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

On June 21st 1994 Sally Walsh, a woman who worked in a massage parlour on the fringes of the sex industry is found murdered in the small kitchen of her house in an unremarkable street in North West London. Her 13 year old daughter Carrie was out but returned to find her home a crime scene. Despite numerous suspects, no one was ever charged with the murder.

In Episode Two present day, Carol confronts a startled Hain. Will she believe Hain’s version of events she now forces him to reveal?

For we now see the full picture of 1994 through detective Gordon Hain’s adult perspective. Taking us into all the detail of a murder case riven by conflict, tension and dark secrets. Where Hain increasingly struggles with conflicting emotions surrounding the murdered woman and her vulnerable daughter.

Only children can visit Murderland, only children feel the real terror at its heart. And when they return they aren’t children anymore. A knife-edge three part emotional noirish thriller – set in 1994 and present day – told from three points-of-view:-

Carrie, (Bel Powley) the daughter of the murdered woman, whose life has been changed forever and whose memories may hold the key to the killer’s identity. And her adult self, Carol, (Amanda Hale) a woman determined to find out who her mother really was and what happened to her.

DI Douglas Hain, (Robbie Coltrane) the detective in charge of the investigation, who involved with the case more than he can reveal to anyone. Like Carrie, Hain is haunted by the murder so when adult Carol turns up on his doorstep he feels forced to help her, regardless of the cost and his own motives.

Sally, (Lucy Cohu) the murder victim whose hopes and dreams of carving out a better life for herself and her daughter are smashed to pieces one fateful night in 1994. And whose life – and death – we will piece together through flashback, from different perspectives, unravelling the truth about her and the real reason she died.

Through three perspectives the drama will eventually piece together the truth. And in the process it will show how widely the recollection of events can vary from person to person, sometimes painfully so. And how memories may be trapped by grief and shock, becoming too painful to retrieve.

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