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In 1963 a 13-year-old girl vanished without trace - the mystery was never solved. More than 40 years later, the events surrounding the disappearance and the hunt for the killer resurface when a high-flying TV journalist makes a documentary about the case.
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When journalist Catherine Heathcote decides to film a documentary about that murder case, the now retired George Bennett fully cooperates initially, then suddenly has a change of heart for reasons that he refuses to share with Ms. Heathcote. Suddenly, our intrepid journalist senses that there is more to this story than meets the eye, and she sets out to unravel the secret of what really happened to Alison Carter in the winter of 1963. It is a journey of discovery that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen.
This two part Masterpiece film is based upon on the best-selling book of the same name by Val McDermid. This book was an Edgar Award finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the year with good reason, as it is a beautifully crafted, intriguing mystery. The film follows the book in large part but makes some rather unnecessary changes and additions that do not particularly enhance the story.
Notwithstanding this, the film is still compelling from beginning to its final denouement. There are past and present sequences that slowly unvail story. The cast is simply terrific, with Julia Stevenson the standout with her beautifully nuanced portrayal of the conflicted journalist, Catherine Heathcote. Those who love mysteries will surely enjoy this British Masterpiece production. Moreover, if you have not yet done so, read the book, as well.
The film follows the story line beautifully, capturing the darkness, hope against hope and startling ending.
Read the book and watch the film. You won't be sorry.
like most masterpiece theater shows, this one was outstanding. with no commercials, the show moves quite well. this story had it moments. but, sometimes, the back and forth of the old days and new days got a little old... the characters were outstanding, the plot was excellent and held you wondering to the very end... this was and is an excellent production...please make more...
The case is shown using flashbacks to the original investigation and present day interviews between the lead detective, George, and video documentarian, Catherine. The nationally known case made George's career. Catherine met him while covering war crimes trials and was inspired to tell his story.
Just before the final filming, George suddenly pulls out of the project, and Catherine is under pressure to finish immediately. She convinces her boss to let her have a few more days to finish up and uses that time to track down George, his old partner, and the original crime scene to find out why. Unfortunately, her renewed search opens up old wounds for the town and, surprisingly, herself.