Murder on the Home Front

Murder on the Home Front

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Imagine a cross between Foyle’s War and Silent Witness and you have Murder on the Home Front. It’s one of those brown, wartime dramas where lights are dim, ITMA’s on the radio and everyone is terribly plucky. In Blitzed 1940 London forensic science is in its infancy. A young Home Office pathologist, Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), fights a losing battle trying to stop police putting their big feet all over his crime scenes. He’s called to the murder of a prostitute, her body artfully arranged on a bed, a swastika carved on her tongue. Would-be reporter Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) barges in and Collins insists she becomes his assistant because she’s clever and curious.

Murder on the Home Front is a strange mix of the jaunty and the gruesome, though there’s a loving attention to period detail; even the bomb-sites look hand-crafted.

Summary

Two-part crime drama set during the Blitz, loosely based on the memoirs of writer Molly Lefebure. When several young women are found murdered, DI Freddy Wilkins believes the obvious suspect is loner Wilfred Ziegler, but Home Office pathologist Lennox Collins and his secretary Molly Cooper have their doubts and employ ground-breaking forensic techniques to ensure the right man is brought to justice. Starring Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, David Sturzaker and James Fleet.

Cast & Crew

Lennox Collins Patrick Kennedy
Molly Cooper Tamzin Merchant
Issy Quennell Emerald Fennell
Prof Stephens James Fleet
DI Freddy Wilkins David Sturzaker
DS Brady Iain McKee
Danny Hastings Ryan Gage
Jane Amanda Fairbank Hynes
Wilfred Ziegler John Heffernan
Mrs Clayton Holly Atkins
Charlie Maxton Richard Bremmer
Snakehips Johnson Remy Kouakou Kouame
Wilma Grey Ria Zmitrowicz
Norman Beckett Jake Curran
Pawel Rosanski Patrick Knowles
Carver Angus Wright
Granger Daniel Rabin
Dixie Joey Batey
Ronald Terry John Bowe
Miss Jenkins Susie Blake
Metropol manageress Suzan Sylvester
Prison warden Mark Flitton
Director Geoffrey Sax
Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Executive Producer Gareth Neame
Producer Christopher Hall
Writer David Kane
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