Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 10 - 8. Persona

Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

Classy, versatile and willing to take on gritty storylines, Brenda Blethyn must be the dream guest star for the long-running crime series.

This particular SVU episode is from 2008, long before Blethyn earned her own crime-busting chops by playing a copper in Vera. Here her role as Linnie Malcolm, the downstairs neighbour of a victim of domestic abuse with a secret of her own, falls somewhere between murderess, fugitive and victim.

Her case soon attracts the attention of the steely Judge Donnelly (Judith Light), who seems to have unfinished business with the woman in the dock. In the time that has passed since they first met, the law has changed in order to better protect women in their own homes. Donnelly herself seems to have little compassion for Linnie, who wonders, rightly, how the two could ever understand each other.

About this programme

8/22. A woman claims to have been raped by a stranger to hide the fact she is a victim of domestic abuse, but later admits that her husband has been beating her because she does not want children with him. While conducting inquiries, Benson stumbles on a shockingly similar case involving the victim's elderly neighbour. Crime drama, starring Mariska Hargitay.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Det John Munch
Richard Belzer
Kim Greylek
Michaela McManus
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Melinda Warner
Tamara Tunie
Mike O'Halloran
Mike Doyle
Linnie Malcolm
Brenda Blethyn
Jonah Malcolm
Mike Farrell
Brent Latimer
Nathaniel Marston
Mia Latimer
Clea Duvall


Dick Wolf
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue