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Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun 1 Season

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,124) IMDb 8/10

From PBS and MASTERPIECE: Sharply evoking the race, class, and culture clashes that are the ugly hallmarks of colonial life, HEAT OF THE SUN is jam-packed with outsized characters, shifting relationships, twists, turns, reversals, betrayals, civil war, and daring rescues.

Starring:
Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker

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Season 1
1. Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun - Private Lives

From PBS and Masterpiece: Superintendent Albert Tyburn is thrust into an investigation of the disappearance, soon becoming tangled in a web of murder, arson, and a secret love affair.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes Release date: January 28, 1999
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2. Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun - Hide in Plain Sight (Part One)

From PBS and Masterpiece: 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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: February 4, 1999
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3. Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun - Hide in Plain Sight (Part two)

From PBS and Masterpiece: Tyburn 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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 11, 1999
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4. Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun - The Sport of Kings (Part One)

From PBS and Masterpiece: Investigating the murder of a local boy who worked for newspaper magnate Max Van der Vuurst (Joss Ackland), Tyburn boldly arrests the tycoon. When Van der Vuurst is exonerated with the help of his dissembling daughter Hilde (Sonya Walger), Tyburn, certain Van der Vuurst is guilty, is all the more determined to bring him to justice.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 18, 1999
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5. Masterpiece: Heat of the Sun - The Sport of Kings (Part Two)

From PBS and Masterpiece: When Max Van der Vuurst is found burned to death in his bed, Superintendent Tyburns search for the truth leads to a violent shoot-out with a band of African marauders and triggers one last surprise from the dead millionaire -- and full-blown romance for Tyburn and Emma.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: February 25, 1999
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Product Details

Genres Mystery
Director Adrian Shergold
Starring Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker
Supporting actors James Callis, Michael Byrne, Freddie Annobil-Dodoo, Julian Rhind-Tutt, David Horovitch, Paul Brooke, Sean Gallagher, Tim Woodward, Sophie Dix, Daniel Betts, Hugh Simon, Marion Bailey, Akbar Kurtha, Jimmi Harkishin, Ken Drury, Shaheen Jassat, Scott Handy, Tim McMullan
Network PBS
Producers Ted Childs, Rebecca Eaton, Ann Tricklebank
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Don't let the 1998 release date put you off, it's still wonderful.

In pre-war London, Inspector Tyburn, following his conscience kills a child murder, who hails from the ruling classes, and is demoted to colonial East Africa as punishment.

Constantly hounded by a martinet of a superior and shocked by the decadence of the expatriate colony which conducts itself like a feudal elite in Kenya, he nevertheless carves a niche for himself among the native policemen he trains up and the people he encounters, eventually winning the love of a beautiful aviatrix, played by the lovely Suzannah Harker. Trevor Eve, who can often be insufferable, is perfect here: wise, bemused,thoughtful and fair.

It is a marvelous period piece but it also reflects the best values of the era it was written in, the 1990's, though its political correctness is never strident but gentle and respectful both of the native peoples and of human foibles in general.

Not to be missed.
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I wasn't sure what to expect but am always impressed with the quality of Masterpiece Theater productions. This was no exception. Fantastic period drama set in an exotic time and place. Interesting story line. Well acted. It was like reading a novel that captures your imagination. I will look forward to watching all the episodes!
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This is another great series. Exciting and interesting due to its setting in Africa. The story is great as is the casting and acting. Tyburn is the Superintendant who gets things done that need to get done. Plenty of action and intrigue. Also plenty of the social problems of that era brought to light. Things to think about, relevant to our current times. Great viewing, great story. The English do a superb job.
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Let me start by explaining that Africa is my passion!! Can't believe I hadn't heard of this series before and it was like finding a hidden treasure. The story line is intriguing and sooooo well acted. Kudos to the writer, director, casting director.....everyone involved! I have dreamt of visiting Kenya for many years now and this series just put me one step closer. It is amazing how fast the time passes when an episode starts. Instantly I am drawn into the storyline and am in Africa. My ONLY complaint is that there are only a few episodes. How on earth this wasn't a long-running series is beyond me. This DVD collection will be viewed frequently.
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If you're looking for a thoughtful, unusual mini-series, this might be just the ticket. Set in Colonial Kenya instead of some gritty city, this series was thoroughly enjoyable, and all too short. Would have loved to have seen more episodes!
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I loved the storyline and it was wonderful to see the African countryside, as well. Why was it cancelled? I was hoping for more! Highly recommended.
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Wow-- The Brits may not have Hollywood, but they sure have us beat in the area of "film values," as demonstrated by this fine series. Come to think of it, maybe not having Hollywood is precisely why the Brits have such excellent film values!
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By bhc on September 21, 2013
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Great series on Masterpiece. Highly recommended with superb acting from a strong cast of actors. Highly recommended for Masterpiece enthusiasts.
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