Trial & Retribution

UKTV – Easter Sunday, 12 April & Easter Monday, 13 April, 7.30pm

After 10 years of crime fighting, straight talking DCS Mike Walker, DCI Roisin Conner and DS David Satchell return to solve three horrific cases that are set to push the team to its very limits.

The Bilkin Family is a by-word for crime, fear and intimidation. At its head is Lenny Bilkin, a spiritual descendant of the Kray Twins, a frightening and powerful man. He seems beyond the law, until his audacious armed robbery ends in a callous and brutal murder.

However, Bilkin’s accomplice turns informer and in helping the conviction, signs his own death warrant. In broad daylight he is gunned down leaving DS Satchell as a witness. Now Satchell and his family are in danger. Even from within prison, Bilkin’s influence reaches everywhere, even Walker and Connor’s Incident Room. Who wields the real power in this deadly game of cat and mouse?

Stars: David Hayman (The Jackal, The Boxer), Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet, About a Boy), Dorian Lough, Gary Whelan (Diamond Geezer, Gold Plated), Doug Allen (EastEnders, Band of Brothers), Ruth Gemmell (Primeval, Poirot) and Celia Henebury (Fred Claus, Calendar Girls).

TUESDAY 3rd March

The apparently happy Harrogate family has been torn apart by the death of Emily, their teenage daughter. As Connor and Satchell sift through the case, they discover that the family isn’t as stable as it first appeared.

Secrets are soon discovered and fragile relationships are tested in the process of ensuring justice is done.

TUESDAY 24th February

Young Emily Harrogate, the clever daughter of an apparently happily married middle class couple, is found dead in the family home, the morning after a night out clubbing. Emily was celebrating her A-level results with school friends, happy in the knowledge that she had got a place at Cambridge.

The shocked and hysterical parents, Deidre and John, carry her body into the living room, thereby totally contaminating the scene of crime. Deidre’s obsessive and compulsive cleaning of her house has also destroyed potentially valuable evidence.

As DCI Connor and DS Satchell pick their way through the tricky investigation, the façade of this supposedly stable family crumbles. It emerges that although husband and wife and their two sons were having a family supper at Emily’s grandmother’s, at one point John Harrogate left and drove to his office.

With cracks starting to appear in the family unit – will the murderer be revealed as someone close to home?

TUESDAY 10th February

This new drama, penned by Lynda La Plante, tells the harrowing story of a groom who disappears while shopping in London with his new bride. The police decide that it’s simply a missing person’s case – perhaps the groom got delayed cold feet?

However, the bride’s father is a wealthy and well connected businessman who knew DCS Walker (David Calder) in Glasgow. He pressures the police for help; his daughter believes they aren’t taking her seriously. Walker puts DCI Connor (Victoria Smurfit) on the case but with very little to go on she holds out little hope of finding the missing husband.

The distraught young bride walks the streets ceaselessly, looking for her husband. Against police advice, she puts up posters offering high cash rewards for any information. The officers know only too well that this will only attract every nutcase in London.

Walker’s assistant, the young and keen Lisa, spots the same man twice on CCTV footage from the area where the young husband was last seen. The man is wearing a plaster cast on his arm but in the two shots of him taken on different days, the plaster cast has moved from his left arm to his right. Lisa points out that this is the way the notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy lured his victims into his car.

Could the rookie officer have found the breakthrough the detectives have been looking for?

TRIAL & RETRIBUTION:
The Lovers – Part Two screens on 17th February

New Zealand Premiere!

Saturday 13 December, 8.30pm on UKTV

Packed with riveting plots, fascinating characters and intense subject matter, Trial & Retribution is a gritty, urban exploration into the dark and dangerous recesses of the criminal mind.

D.C.S. Walker goes on leave back to Glasgow, where he is taking care of his increasingly senile mother, and soon becomes involved in the case of a missing woman, who is the sister of an old friend. Walker begins to delve into the life of her then husband Kevin Reid, and discovers a dark bond between him and his brother Ronnie. Soon a body is discovered and is it is proved to be the missing woman. Then Kevin’s second wife is reported missing – convincing Walker that one or both of the Reid brothers are involved in the crimes.

Stars: David Hayman (The Jackal and The Boxer) and Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet and About A Boy).

Saturday 22 November
8.30pm on UKTV

Packed with riveting plots, fascinating characters and intense subject matter, Trial & Retribution is a gritty, urban exploration into the dark and dangerous recesses of the criminal mind from the acclaimed writer Lynda La Plante. A suitcase is found abandoned at Heathrow Airport and panic ensues, but it is soon discovered to be no terrorist threat. Inside is the naked body of high-class prostitute, Sofia Petrenko, who has been strangled to death. The suitcase is traced to Vitali Malikov, a Ukrainian billionaire who admits to hiring Sofia’s services but he claims she was alive when she left him and that the case was a gift. D.C.S. Walker arrests Malikov on suspicion of murder and soon realises he has become a pawn in a much bigger game.

Stars: David Hayman (The Jackal and The Boxer) and Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet and About A Boy).

UKTV – Saturday 8 November, 8.30pm

Packed with riveting plots, fascinating characters and intense subject matter, Trial & Retribution is a gritty, urban exploration into the dark and dangerous recesses of the criminal mind from the acclaimed writer Lynda La Plante. The murder of a Police Commander and his wife puts Walker, Connor and the team under pressure to get a quick result. Jewellery is missing from the house, which would indicate a burglary gone wrong, but several relatives profit from their deaths and so they focus the investigation on the family. Connor is suspicious of the identical twin sons in particular and suspects that they may have worked together in order to get away with patricide.
Stars: David Hayman (The Jackal and The Boxer) and Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet and About A Boy).

UKTV – Saturdays from 11 October, 8.30pm

A serial rapist is targeting the black community by raping women with black boyfriends. When an attack ends in murder and the boyfriend is cleared, Walker brings him on to the investigation to help, but could Connor’s relationship with a barrister working on the case jeopardise the investigation and the subsequent trial?
Stars: David Hayman (The Jackal and The Boxer) and Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet and About A Boy).

UKTV – Saturdays from 27 September, 8:30pm

A pretty and talented schoolgirl has been murdered. Two months on, and DCI Roisin Connor still has no witness, no suspect, no leads. When her boss, Chief Superintendent Mike Walker orders a trawl through unsolved cases, the team discover three more teenage schoolgirls murdered in similar circumstances over the last ten years. Under pressure to find what looks increasingly like a serial killer, and with her investigation going nowhere fast, Connor approaches Max Stanford, a well known criminal profiler for help. But does this charismatic American have the key to unlock the killer’s mind for her? Written by the queen of crime Lynda La Plante and starring David Hayman (The Jackal and The Boxer) and Victoria Smurfit (Cold Feet and About A Boy).