Above Suspicion

Wednesday, 5 January 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Forensics comb David Rushton’s office – he was found as Danny Petrozzo was, with a fentanyl patch stuck over his mouth and a massive overdose injected. Travis notices that a CCTV camera in his office has been deliberately turned to face the wall, and the footage is sent for Barolli (Celyn Jones) to analyse. With Rushton dead, Julia (Stine Stengade) is formally questioned. When asked about her life with Anthony Collingwood, she confirms Helga’s story of having led a first class life at every turn. Even since the divorce, she has everything she could wish for. However, when Langton (Ciarán Hinds) tells her the news of Rushton’s death, it breaks her. Langton points out that with now three dead, and her obvious involvement in all of it somehow, she might be next. 

Lewis (Shaun Dingwall) is forced to tell Langton that his private situation is affecting his work. His wife’s cancer has aggressively returned, and he’s not coping well. A compassionate Langton sends him home, that’s his priority. The CCTV from Rushton’s office has captured a glimpse of the intruder’s face. But no more than that. Tech support are tasked with enhancing the image – could it be Fitzpatrick? 

Julia confesses, she did see Anthony a year ago, the marriage to Brandon was all a front to obtain new identities. However Anthony was very controlling, Helga (Benedikte Hansen) her sister too, always issuing orders, and she became sick of being told what to do. So she resolved with Rushton to steal Anthony’s money and put it all in her name. Though disgusted by her attitude, Langton lets her go, to Travis’s surprise. With suitcase packed and driving to collect her son from school, Julia is run off the road by the thugs who assaulted her earlier. Losing control of the car, Julia is killed. 

With Fitzpatrick’s DNA profile through from the FBI, forensics match it to the blood in the car, and the traces on the third bullet. So Travis has been right all along, not only is Fitzpatrick alive and in the UK, but he was the man with Frank Brandon the night of the shooting – and was evidently wounded. The still from Rushton’s CCTV has been enhanced to show a passable image of the man they believe to be Fitzpatrick, and he orders it to be circulated nationally, front page. However, no sooner has he given the order then he is confronted with the man from the photo in his office. Langton and Travis are completely wrong footed when he claims to be DCI Joseph Marshall (Richard Brake), fraud squad, who visited Rushton’s office as part of an undercover sting operation, but left him very much alive. Though his story and performance is convincing, something about it nags at Langton after Marshall has gone. A phone call reveals there is no DCI Marshall at the fraud squad, they’ve been fooled by the very man they were trying to catch, Alexander Fitzpatrick. Forensic biometrics explain that he has had extensive facial plastic surgery, explaining his dramatically different appearance from his mugshot picture. It’s a low moment for the team – they had him, and they let him walk away. But why did he risk it? To get Julius D’Anton’s address – he has the Fentanyl. Langton and Travis race to D’Anton’s lock-up, but they’re too late. Fitzpatrick has been and gone, taken the Fentanyl and left Sadie dead. Julius (James Clyde) arrives too, and after roughing him up in frustration, Langton arrests him. Julius explains his story, of stealing the car with the boxes of drugs in it, each worth £4M, stashing them at his lock up and then freaking out when he found the body in the boot, and dumping it where it was found. 

Helga is arrested, after evidence emerges that Fitzpatrick was hidden at the farm. She’s proud to admit she helped him, arrogantly predicting they will never catch him. Travis asserts that Fitzpatrick just used Helga, it was Julia he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Helga appears to break, telling them she was planning to meet Fitzpatrick at St Pancras International. A full armed response team descend on St Pancras, where a suspect matching Fitzpatrick’s description has been spotted. As Travis moves in to make the arrest, and the man is apprehended, it’s clear that Helga has lied for Fitzpatrick one last time – when the suspect is turned over, it’s Damian Nolan (Julian Sands). A decoy. 

Fitzpatrick collected his son from school and was dropped off at a nearby airfield. A frantic, desperate chase ensues, but Fitzpatrick flies away, free, taking the drugs with him. Distraught, Travis realises too late that she missed the clue of the plane and its G-ODOT registration. But Langton tells her to bury it, as well as the fact that they had him, but let him go. Overwhelmed by the events, Travis is left in shock, seeing the darker side of Langton – and herself. 

Speaking about the continuing challenges his character faces in Deadly Intent, Shaun Dingwall says: “Mike Lewis has been promoted to the head of the investigation so this is an exciting time for him. Gone is the brown suit, he’s now smartened himself up as he steps into the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. It’s a big case to take on with a lot of responsibility but I think he’s absolutely ready for it. He is a good detective and knows the job well. 

“The promotion hasn’t necessarily come at the best time for Lewis; his wife is critically ill with cancer. It’s a hard time for him and his work suffers. Understandably, his wife’s illness is always on his mind and as a result he finds it hard to concentrate. 

“It’s the first time in the series we’ve learnt about Lewis’ life outside of the office as we see his two worlds clash. It’s really interesting and adds more depth to his character. I think he is someone people can identify with. In previous series he’s always had a good sense of detachment when it comes to his work, and that’s helped him with difficult cases. However, he is human and we see his emotions come through in this series.” 

Having been married for almost two years, Shaun can relate to his character more now then ever before. 

“I’m married; in fact I celebrate my two year anniversary with my wife on New Year’s Eve. It’s interesting because I feel I can relate to Lewis more now in these episodes because I can see a man who holds a great love for his family. 

“For Lewis, what’s going on at home outweighs what is going on at work. Personally I think I’d forgive anybody in the same situation for not being able to put something like this at the back of their mind. 

“It’s hard his work is suffering because the situation is completely out of his control. I think his behaviour is unacceptable, yet it’s also forgivable. His circumstance is something a lot of people watching will be able to relate to.” 

Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent is a La Plante Production for ITV1. The executive producers are Lynda La Plante and Liz Thorburn. The producer is Hugh Warren and the director is Gillies MacKinnon. 

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