Above Suspicion (TV series)

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Above Suspicion
Jason Durr as Alan Daniels and Kelly Reilly as Anna Travis
Genre Crime drama
Written by Lynda La Plante
Directed by Christopher Menaul
(Series 1)
Gillies MacKinnon
(Series 2 & 3)
Starring Kelly Reilly
Ciarán Hinds
Shaun Dingwall
Composer(s) Series 4:
Simon Lacey
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 11
Executive producer(s) Series 1:
Liz Thorburn
Series 2, 3 & 4:
Liz Thornburn
Lynda La Plante
Producer(s) Series 1:
Lynda La Plante
Jolyon Symonds
Series 2:
Chris Clough
Series 3:
Hugh Warren
Series 4:
Cherry Gould
Running time Series 1: 150 Minutes.
Series 2: 180 Minutes.
Series 3: 180 Minutes.
Series 4: 180 Minutes.
Production company(s) La Plante Productions
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Original release Series 1: 4 January 2009 (2009-01-04)
Series 2: 4 January 2010 (2010-01-04)
Series 3: 3 January 2011 (2011-01-03)
Series 4: 9 January 2012 (2012-01-09)
External links
Production website

Above Suspicion is a British TV series based on Lynda La Plante's novels Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream. It stars Kelly Reilly and Ciarán Hinds, and features the career of La Plante's latest heroine DC Anna Travis.

The first series, Above Suspicion, was shown on 4 and 5 January 2009; the second series, Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia, was shown on the 4th, 5th, and 6 January 2010. The third series, Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent, was shown on the 3rd, 4th, and 5 January 2011. The fourth series, Above Suspicion – Silent Scream was shown on the 9th, 16th, and 23 January 2012; in a break from the previous broadcasts, which were broadcast on consecutive days, this latest tale was serialized weekly.

ITV cancelled Above Suspicion on 28 May 2012.[1]

Series 1[edit]

Above Suspicion[edit]

This two-part series follows trainee DC Anna Travis. Anna is assigned to her first homicide case; a string of grisly murders that have gone unsolved for the past eight years. The discovery of a new victim, who doesn't fit the usual profile of prostitute or drug user, causes concern that the killer may be indiscriminately targeting his victims. Eager to prove herself, Travis uncovers a vital piece of evidence linking one man to all the killings. But things get complicated when she finds herself attracted to the prime suspect...



The first part attracted high audience figures of 6.8 million viewers.[2] The Daily Telegraph called the show "Lynda La Plante's younger, sassier successor to Prime Suspect."[3] Audience viewership figures increased to 7.3 million in the second and concluding installment.[4]

Series 2[edit]

Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia[edit]

A young girl's body is dumped, horrifically mutilated and drained of blood. Her death is an ominous mirror image of an unsolved 1940s case in Los Angeles known as "The Black Dahlia". Detective Sergeant Anna Travis must race against time to catch this copycat killer, dubbed "The Red Dahlia" from the flower his victim wore in her hair. But there are no suspects.



This series was based on a copycat murderer re-enacting the Black Dahlia murder. Lynda La Plante adapted this from her own novel The Red Dahlia.


The first episode was watched by 6.8 million viewers (26% of all viewers), taking the 9pm slot from its main rival, the return of the BBC series Hustle.[5] The programme was reviewed favourably by The Daily Telegraph, with a request for "More please."[6]

Series 3[edit]

Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent[edit]

A man kills the surgeon who has just changed his face. The team investigates the shooting of a retired police officer known by Langton at a drug dealer's den on a seedy estate, which soon links into one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, a drug dealer who disappeared over ten years ago. Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Celyn Jones, Amanda Lawrence and Shaun Dingwall all reprise their respective roles, with Ray Fearon, Robbie Gee and Andrew Woodall also starring.



The first episode opened with 5.495 million viewers on ITV, a 19.5% share, with another 326,000 on ITV HD. It was narrowly beaten by BBC One's new series of Silent Witness which, with 5.877 million viewers, had a 20.9% share of the 9-10pm audience.[7]

Series 4[edit]

Above Suspicion: Silent Scream[edit]

DI Anna Travis and DCS James Langton are once again reunited to investigate the murder of British film star and tabloid favourite Amanda Delany, who was killed in her own home.

Filming Locations[edit]

Part of Silent Scream was filmed in Lexham Mews, W8.[8]



  1. ^ Munn, Patrick (28 May 2012). "ITV Cancels ‘Above Suspicion’ & ‘Kidnap And Ransom’". TVWise. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 6.8m are 'Above Suspicion' on ITV1 Digital Spy.5/1/08
  3. ^ Above Suspicion: Lynda La Plante's younger, sassier successor to Prime Suspect The Telegraph. 30/12/08
  4. ^ TV ratings – La Plante's ITV drama grows to over 7 million viewers The Guardian. 6/1/09
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (5 January 2010). "TV ratings: Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion wins 9pm slot for ITV". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia, ITV, review". The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 January 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent, ITV1, TV ratings". The Guardian (London). 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Mews News Issue 33. Lurot Brand. Spring 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  9. ^ Tucker, Liam (9 January 2012). "Above Suspicion Returns Tonight – Our Interview with Celyn Jones". TV Pixie. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Above Suspicion: Silent Scream". TV Pixie. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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