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British Mystery SeriesThe Commander
Producer:  Acorn Media
Rights: 6 releases, 5/1/18 to 4/31/20
8×60
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The Commander is a British mystery/crime/drama series starring Amanda Burton (Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, Silent Witness) as the principal character, Commander Clare Blake. Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. The female commander is no pushover: she is a complex character, complete with faults and a very realistic life.

Commander Blake’s superb detective skills and ability to manipulate her fellow workers who have it in for her, keep her ahead of the pack.

Commander Blake previously arrested James Lampton for murder. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison but is now out on parole and is a successful author with a best-selling book. Blake’s colleagues however, especially DCI Mike Hedges, believe Lampton is responsible for another murder and are out to prove his guilt. Things become complicated when Commander Blake and Lampton become intimate and the question arises whether he is being honest with her or is simply a master manipulator.

Commander Clare Blake feels the heat of these high-profile cases and more while proving herself to the Police Service. The series is written by the prolific Lynda LaPlante (Prime Suspect and many others).

Episode descriptions: 

201: Blacklight Part 1 - A psychiatric patient, Reginald Aitken, who has been hospitalised for the last 18 years manages to escape from hospital. The same night a 17 year old girl, Sadie Carr (Commander Blake’s god daughter), goes missing from a night club. Reginald is discovered holding the girl’s body and covered in his blood. Reginald is thought to be the killer as his fingerprints were found on the murder weapon.

202: Blacklight Part 2 – However, the body of an earlier victim is uncovered, and it is proven that she was killed when he was locked up in the hospital. DCI Bridges gets the unsolicited help from a rather rude DI from Amsterdam, Van Hauten, who had similar cases in Amsterdam.

203: The Devil You Know Part 1 - A dead girl is found sealed in oil-drum, at the closed and derelict Elliston Psychiatric Hospital.  Between 2 or 3 years old, the body has no obvious signs of trauma except for the mark of a cross branded onto her chest. She is still wearing a hand-embroidered dress with the name ‘Belinda’ stitched inside. Acting DCI Doug James takes over the case from the heavily pregnant DCI Janet Chambers, however when Commander Clare Blake is assigned to over see the case, she quickly makes it clear who is in charge.

204: The Devil You Know Part 2 - In a tragic opening, the body of a two year-old girl is discovered in a derelict mental institution, sealed in an oil drum. Eric Thornton, a schizophrenic ex-patient, soon emerges as the main suspect. As the hunt for Thornton intensifies, Commander Clare Blake (Amanda Burton) clashes with the drug squad tracking Thornton in a parallel investigation. In Blake’s desperate hunt to uncover the truth behind the girl’s death, events take an unexpected and deadly turn. Will the dark secrets of the hospital and its patients be revealed at last?

205: Fraudster Part 1 - Donald Griffith, self-made millionaire, seems to have the perfect life – until he’s found dead in his own pool. Commander Clare Blake heads up the police investigation, alongside a returning Detective Van Hauten (Yorick Van Wageningen) from the Amsterdam murder squad.  Together they uncover Griffith’s secret life of lies and deceit – a wife, a mistress and an affair with his secretary, plus seriously fraudulent financial dealings. Three women who appear to be adversaries, but all with motive – could they have conspired to pull off the perfect murder and inherit Griffith’s millions?

206: Fraudster Part 2 - Donald Griffith, self-made millionaire, is found floating in his swimming pool, days after being arrested by the Serious Fraud Office. Commander Clare Blake is asked to oversee the enquiry by Commissioner Branton, whose sister has lost her pension fund in the fraud.

The investigation unravels Griffith’s hidden life. Behind the public perception of a happy marriage with children, there lies a mistress and illegitimate son, as well as an affair with his caterer, plus fraudulent financial business dealings.

207: Windows of the Soul Part 1 - On an East London estate, with a history of bad blood between residents and the police, a priest is brutally beaten and stabbed to death. Suspicion falls on Jimmy Bannerman, from the local boxing club – a talented fighter. Commander Clare Blake and DCI Doug James are polarised by this boxing protégé, the brutal competitiveness of the amateur boxing world resonating with Doug’s own youth. Following a vicious attack on a fellow detective, Blake and Doug are forced to put aside their differences and find the killer before he strikes again and more violence erupts on this already troubled estate.

208: Windows of the Soul Part 2 - On an East London estate, with a history of bad blood between residents and the police, a priest is brutally beaten and stabbed to death. Suspicion falls on Jimmy Bannerman, from the local boxing club – a talented fighter. Commander Clare Blake and DCI Doug James (Mark Lewis Jones) are polarised by this boxing protégé, the brutal competitiveness of the amateur boxing world resonating with Doug’s own youth. Following a vicious attack on a fellow detective, Blake and Doug are forced to put aside their differences and find the killer before he strikes again and more violence erupts on this already troubled estate.

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