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Deathwatch: Part 1 

A deathbed confession appears to link the hanging of an East End gangster and the assassination of the jury that found him guilty.


Maurice Phillips


Stephen Davis, Barbara Machin (creator)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Trevor Eve ... Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd
Sue Johnston ... Dr. Grace Foley
Holly Aird ... Dr. Frankie Wharton
Claire Goose ... DC Amelia 'Mel' Silver
Wil Johnson ... DS Spencer Jordan
David Hemmings ... Ex-DCI Malcolm Finlay
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Graham Barker
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Marcus Freeman
David Ashton David Ashton ... Father Cameron
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Harold Newman
Lorraine Bent Lorraine Bent ... Fiona Dudley
Steve Weston Steve Weston ... Carl Murrell Jnr.
Jonathan Tafler ... Young Edgar Truelove
Adam Leese ... Young Charles Sutton
Toby Mace Toby Mace ... Young Frank Sutton


When a petty burglar is acquitted of murdering a prominent Home Officer Advisor, Boyd and his team are brought in to investigate. However, they soon discover the corridors of Whitehall are shrouded in secrecy, and worst still; the team are subject to a Home Office audit. A coincidence? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 September 2002 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ex-DCI Malcolm Finlay: [to Boyd] So this is what you do, is it? I don't envy you. Cold cases? You must have really pissed off someone badly.
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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Cold Case Team
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29 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A death bed confession leads Boyd and co into a world of unauthorised killings and gangsters.

Terrific quality once again, these early episodes in particular had a superb narrative, great balance of drama and story, we even had a sweet moment, although that joyful scene was short lived, followed by one of the sadder scenes from the show.

A great cast including David Hemmings and David De Keyser, good to see William Armstrong, I always wondered where Trevor went, when he vanished from Silent Witness.

They're starting to get murky with the colours, the visuals are as dark as the story. Excellent all round. 9/10

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