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The Queen's Speech

Series 11 - Episode 10 The Queen's Speech

Sat 27 Oct 11pm - 12am Alibi
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Review

There have been moments in this series when the old dogs had a spring in their step. The scripts have semi-zinged, the chemistry clicked, the plots made sense and the serial elements – the stuff about the cops’ private lives – blended in unobtrusively. Not here. I’m afraid the series limps out on a bit of a low, trailing ragged subplots and nostalgia.

The case involves a teenage girl killed in 1983 at a school disco. She and her class had buried a time capsule, and when it accidentally comes to light it reveals new clues, in particular a tape she recorded that seems to predict her death and refers to someone called Alec.

From there a desultory investigation ensues that makes extensive use of Club Tropicana (the Wham! song) and Cold War paranoia. But the writers seem more interested in Gerry attending a stag do and Strickland, for some reason, becoming sociable.

Summary

Back in 1983, 16-year-old Amy Taskerland was murdered on the night of the school disco. More than 30 years later, the unearthing of a time capsule and the discovery of her voice on a mix tape inside prompts Miller and co to delve back into the case, starting by interviewing Amy's best friend Harriet and her former teacher Mr Hines. The recording features a strange mix of music and poetry, including words from a speech written in secret for the Queen for broadcast in the event of a nuclear war. But how did Amy get a copy of it, and was its secret nature the reason she was killed? Elsewhere, Miller enjoys her first romance since her divorce, while Gerry goes on his future son-in-law's stag night. Amy Nuttall (Emmerdale, Downton Abbey) and Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) guest star.

Cast & Crew

Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Danny Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst
DCI Sasha Miller Tamzin Outhwaite
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf
Caitlin Standing Amy Nuttall
William Taskerland Jack Shepherd
Holly Griffin Storme Toolis
Robin David Newman
Ethan Beckett Alun Raglan
Nicholas Hines Martin Turner
Harriet Meagher Clare Cathcart
Dominic Tom Ashley
Carla O'Brien Federay Holmes
Younger William Lawrence Stubbings
Amy Taskerland Danielle Carrington
Ruth Taskerland Candida Benson
Young Harriet Rosie Wyatt
Director Keith Boak
Executive Producer Richard Burrell
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Simon Allen
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