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Series 11 - Episode 10
The Queen's Speech
Sat 27 Oct 11pm - 12am
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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.
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
DCI Sasha Miller
DAC Robert Strickland
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