Murder in Suburbia

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Murder in Suburbia
Genre Detective
Format Drama
Starring Caroline Catz
Lisa Faulkner
Jeremy Sheffield
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Location(s) Northwood, London
Running time 50 minutes
Original channel ITV
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 13 March 2004 –
15 August 2005

Murder in Suburbia was a British detective drama that ran for two series in 2004 and 2005.

Plot summary[edit]

The series focused on various murders in the fictional suburban English town of Middleford; filming took place in North West London, including Northwood. The crimes are solved by two female police detectives, Inspector Kate Ashurst and Sergeant Emma Scribbins, aka "Ash and Scribbs".

Regular cast and characters[edit]

Series Detective Inspector (DI) Detective Sergeant (DS) Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Other
1 Kate 'Ash' Ashurst
(Caroline Catz)
Emma 'Scribbs' Scribbins
(Lisa Faulkner)
(Jeremy Sheffield)
Dr. Weatherhall
(Stuart Nurse)
2 PC Gallimore
(Glen Davies)

Episode guide, season 1[edit]

# Title Director Writer Guest actors UK airdate
01 "(Episode 1)" Edward Bennett Nick Collins Danny Webb as Gavin Webb, Jay Simpson as a photographer, Liam Noble as DS Pudney, Sebastian Knapp as Harry, Cal Jaggers as Hazel Lawrence, Barbara Durkin as Maxine Appleby, Stuart Bunce as Ralph Mitchell, Linette Beaumont as Nikki Pengelly, Patrick Barlow as Redmond Appleby, Stuart Nurse as Dr. Weatherall 13 March 2004 (2004-03-13)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the murder of party girl Nikki Pengelly.
02 "(Episode 2)" David Innes Edwards John Flanagan, Andy McCulloch Benedict Taylor as David Arundel, Mark Powley as Clive Frazer, Nicholas Palliser as Frank Northover, Sue Holderness as Penny Gregson, Brenda Cowling as Mrs. Kirkman, Philip Martin Brown as Tim Gregson, Alisa Bosschaert as Lynn Chichester, Tim Bentinck as Nick Chichester, Mickey Ambrose as a Police Constable, Caroline Harker as Tessa Northover, Emma Amos as Fiona Arundel 20 March 2004 (2004-03-20)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the stabbing of respectable charity shop worker Lyn Chichester.
03 "(Episode 3)" Edward Bennett Michael Aitkens Stuart Nurse as Dr Weatherall, Anna Wilson-Jones as Grace Bailey, Jonathan Slinger as Sam Shaw, Paul Opacic as Matt, Philip Jackson as Bill Jackson, Andy Henderson as Charlie Egan, Daniel Casey as Simon Weaver, Georgina Bouzova as Shelley Flint, Katie Blake as Lauren Jackson, Mickey Ambrose as a Police Constable 27 March 2004 (2004-03-27)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the murder of Charlie Egan, who was found dead in a swimming pool on his stag night.
04 "Millionaire's Row" David Innes Edwards Nick Collins Rebecca Lacey as Hannah Finch, Jo-Anne Knowles as Lisa West, Sarah Joseph as cheekbones woman, Nadio Fortune as Antonio, Philip Bretherton as Philip Whitmore, Alex Avery as Alex, Lysette Anthony as Beth Whitmore, Lee Williams as Jamie Finch 3 April 2004 (2004-04-03)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the murder of Gideon Finch, who was found burnt to death in his car.
05 "(Episode 5)" Douglas MacKinnon Michael Aitkens Gwyneth Strong as Pat Dawson, Sakuntala Ramanee as Mrs. Raman, Philip Pickard as a uniformed officer, Julia Hills as Julie McKee, Oliver Golding as Tom Dawson, Beth Goddard as Sally Taylor, Sarah Franzl a Helen McKee, James Fleet as John Stanton, Jemma Churchill as Anne James, Philip Bowen as Donald Baines, Russell Boulter as Alan Dawson, Rick Bacon as a traffic officer, Bhavin Bhatt as Ravi Raman, Clive Wedderburn as Chris 10 April 2004 (2004-04-10)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the murder of Helen McKee, who was the victim of a hit and run incident.
06 "(Episode 6)" Douglas MacKinnon Nick Collins Richard Hope as Patrick Walters, Sally Humphreys as a Woman Police Officer, Phyllis Logan as Wendy Lloyd, Tracy-Ann Oberman as Chloe Walters, Edward Woodward as Reg Thornton, Carl Rigg as Bernard Lloyd, Stuart Nurse as Dr. Weatherall, Seth Jee as Christopher 17 April 2004 (2004-04-17)
DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins investigate the murder of Bernard Lloyd, who has been bashed to death with a hammer.

Episode guide, season 2[edit]

# Title Director Writer Guest actors UK airdate
01 "Witches" 28 May 2005 (2005-05-28)
When a teenager is murdered in a graveyard, Ashurst and Scribbins investigate an unusual case.
02 "Estate Agent" 4 June 2005 (2005-06-04)
When a hated estate agent is found strangled in his office, Ashurst and Scribbins investigate the murder, only to find a massive twist in the case.
03 "Wedding" 11 June 2005 (2005-06-11)
When the father of the bride is electrocuted in a pond during a wedding party, Ashurst and Scribbins find something about him that changes the case.
04 "Salsa" 18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)
A Salsa student falls to her death from her flat, could she be connected to a killing a few years ago, Ashurst and Scribbins investigate.
05 "Dogs" 25 June 2005 (2005-06-25)
Popular dog lover and volunteer walker Christine Archer is killed in the woods where she is walking several dogs, the ladies investigate to catch her killer.
06 "Golden Oldies" 15 August 2005 (2005-08-15)
A singer who had a hit in the fifties is found dead after being drowned in the bath. Meanwhile Ash must face teasing about the fact that she and Sullivan locked lips for an investigation.

DVD release[edit]

The first and second series have both been released in Region 1 (US and Canada), Region 2 (including UK, Europe and Japan where it is retitled Ash & Scribbs) and Region 4 (Australia and New Zealand).

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