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Mystery!; Heat of the Sun: Hide in Plain Sight

Episode 2: Heat of the Sun: Hide in Plain Sight Part 1

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Heat of the Sun: Hide in Plain Sight
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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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Superintendent Albert Tyburn's (Trevor Eve) investigation of the death of a young African girl at local Christian mission pits him against a killer–and a powerful witch doctor who puts a curse on him. As Tyburn tries to shake off the frightening side effects of tribal wrath, he follows a trail of faked evidence, blackmail, and secret identities, certain it is leading him to something evil–but of what origin? Tyburn's flirtation with spirited aviatrix Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker) takes off.

1912: Tyburn is called in to investigate the death of a young native girl–and the abduction of another from a Christian mission in Nairobi. But for Corporal Karinde (Freddie Annobil-Dodoo), the investigation is a family matter: the abducted girl is his cousin, Mary (Memory Santos). Suspecting that the mission is not all it seems to be, Tyburn discovers an unexpected connection between the mission and a foundering coffee plantation nearby.

1913: Tyburn (Trevor Eve) investigates the Watcham coffee plantation–run by Avril (Diana Quick; Brideshead Revisited), Matilda (Deborah Findlay), and brother Theodore (Richard McCabe)–and learns that the plantation deals in more than just coffee beans, leading him to expose a series of surprising relationships, secret identities–and an evil enterprise.



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
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