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Mystery!; Touching Evil, Series II

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Touching Evil, Series II
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green) and his partner D.I. Susan Taylor (Nicola Walker, Four Weddings and a Funeral; Moll Flanders) are on the case in three new two-hour dramas. Joining them is Detective Constable Mark Rivers (Shaun Dingwall) -- less experienced but eager to prove himself. Episode 1, Program 2008 Before slaying and scalping his victim -- always a young woman -- a spooky serial killer e-mails his intentions to tabloid reporter David Laney (James Nesbitt). With Laney's help, the OSC lays a trap, and D.C. Rivers (Shaun Dingwall) witnesses an abduction in progress. Trailing the killer to an abandoned shack, Rivers is joined by Creegan (Robson Green) who confronts the psychopath, poised to slit the throat of his next victim. Also starring (Episodes 1 and 2): Tony Curran (Emerson), John Duttine (Michael Hawkins), Sharon Bower (Linda Hawkins), and Daisy Beaumont (Emily Hawkins). Episode 2, Program 2009 Though serial killer Emerson (Tony Curran) is behind bars, his murder spree somehow continues. Is it a copycat killer or an accomplice? Creegan (Robson Green), Taylor (Nicola Walker), and Rivers (Shaun Dingwall) must turn to Emerson himself for help, and he names a trivial but bone-chilling price. Unwittingly, Taylor's new love affair with reporter David Laney (James Nesbitt) is lining her up as the next victim. Episode 3, Program 2010 Lovingly washed, white-shrouded corpses are turning up across Europe, each with a neat hole in the skull. When the homicides hit Britain, the OSC gets the case, and Creegan (Robson Green) learns the victims all knew each other in Bosnia, where they worked for a relief agency. He also catches a glimpse of the probable killer captured on a security camera -- a man everyone thought was dead. Also starring (Episodes 3 and 4): Philip Jackson (Jim Keller), Margot Leicester (Anna Keller), Alphonsia Emmanuel (Jackie Parker), Alan Williams (Raymond Mackie), Janine Wood (Anita Rhodes), Joe Tucker (Chris Rhodes), and Benedict Sandiford (Eddie Walker). Episode 4, Program 2011 Serial killer Jim Keller (Philip Jackson) has given police the slip and is widening his scope of victims to include anyone who gets in his way. Eager to prove himself after past mistakes, Rivers (Shaun Dingwall) throws himself into the investigation -- and into the killer's line of fire. Episode 5, Program 2012 Annie Jordan (Jill Halfpenny) kidnaps the child she says was coerced from her in a baby-brokering scheme. Suspecting links to an international pedophile ring, Taylor (Nicola Walker) and Rivers (Shaun Dingwall) pose as a childless couple in a sting to nab the ringleaders. Meanwhile, Creegan (Robson Green) is becoming smitten with Annie. Also starring (Episodes 5 and 6): John Duttine (Michael Hawkins), Sharon Bower (Linda Hawkins), Aden Gillett (Hanson), Julie Teal (Sandra Jenkins), John Hudson (Jonathan Jenkins), and Jamie Meyer (Steven Jenkins). Episode 6, Program 2013 While tracking an international pedophile ring, Creegan (Robson Green) finds his own children targeted in a revenge attack by a distraught father (John Duttine) who blames Creegan for his daughter's death. Meanwhile, Taylor (Nicola Walker) goes undercover to a kid-for-sale orphanage in Albania, risking her job when she returns with a little girl. As the drama reaches its climax, Creegan's affair with Annie Jordan (Jill Halfpenny) comes to a tragic end.



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Touching Evil, Series II,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F45B2F7F7F3C453780146E9A319BC2EA.
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APA: Mystery!; Touching Evil, Series II. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F45B2F7F7F3C453780146E9A319BC2EA
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