Touching Evil

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Touching Evil
Genre Crime drama
Created by Paul Abbott
Starring Robson Green
Nicola Walker
Michael Feast
Adam Kotz
Shaun Dingwall
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 29 April 1997 – 6 June 1999

Touching Evil is a British television drama serial, which began airing in 1997. It was produced by United Productions for Anglia Television, and screened on the ITV network. The first season consists of six 50 minute (one-hour with advertisements) episodes. It was created by Paul Abbott, and written by Abbott with Russell T Davies. The serial was very popular, and led to two sequel serials in 1998 and 1999, although these were not written by Abbott or Davies. The first episode aired on 29 April 1997. The last episode of the series aired on 6 June 1999, after 16 episodes and 3 seasons.

The star of the series is Robson Green, playing a police officer D.C.I. Dave Creegan, whose injuries after a shooting leaves him with strange abilities to sense criminals. Touching Evil III was co-produced by Green's own independent production company Coastal Productions. Green's co-star was Nicola Walker, playing Creegan's colleague D.I. Susan Taylor.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Robson Green as D.C.I. Dave Creegan (series 1–3; 16 episodes)
  • Nicola Walker as D.I. Susan Taylor (series 1–3; 16 episodes)
  • Shaun Dingwall as D.C. Mark Rivers (series 1–3; 14 episodes)
  • Michael Feast as Commander Stephen Enwright (series 1–3; 15 episodes)
  • Mary Cunningham as Police Psychologist Marion (series 1–2; 11 episodes)
  • Adam Kotz as D.C. Jonathan Kreitman (series 1; 6 episodes)
  • Andrew Scarborough as D.C. Martin Simmons (series 3; 2 episodes)

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Saskia Downes as Kerry Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Antony Byrne as Barry (7 episodes)
  • Holly Earl as Louise Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Molly Moloney as Ruby Creegan (7 episodes)
  • John Duttine as Michael Hawkins (4 episodes)
  • Kenneth MacDonald as Cyril (4 episodes)
  • Sean Gilder as Steve Carroll (4 episodes)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1997)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
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1 1 "The Lost Boys: Part 1" Julian Jarrold Paul Abbott 29 April 1997
DI Dave Creegan is paired with DI Susan Taylor on his first day to investigate the disappearance of three young schoolboys who have all been snatched in broad daylight. Creegan discovers a link with two boys who disappeared in Stuttgart some three years previously, but surveillance on his prime suspect fails to yield any information. Taylor is concerned that Creegan is putting all his eggs in one basket and efforts to investigate other lines of enquiry.
2 2 "The Lost Boys: Part 2" Julian Jarrold Paul Abbott 6 May 1997

A satellite surveillance van picks up images of the young boys held in an airtight room. Creegan realises that time is running out, and when prime suspect Ronald Hinks gives a silent interview, he realises he may have to break the rules to secure the boys' safety. As Taylor organises a house-to-house on an abandoned estate, Creegan kidanps Hinks' dog and puts him onto a scent, which leads Creegan straight to the crime scene. But is he is too late?

When first aired on PBS, these episodes were retitled "Through the Clouds."
3 3 "Killing With Kindness: Part 1" Marc Munden Paul Abbott 13 May 1997
A group of patients who are all on the same ward at a local hospital die within minutes of each other. When the cause of death is found to be an overdose of drugs, and each of the victims has the tattoo 'let me go' stenciled onto their back, Creegan and Taylor investigate the hospital cleaner, Carl Burgess, who is found in possession of items belonging to a senior doctor. Creegan is left unconscious after being attacked at home, but who is responsible?
4 4 "Killing With Kindness: Part 2" Marc Munden Paul Abbott 20 May 1997
The investigation's attention turns towards locum Julie Carney following the attack on Creegan. When she commits another murder in Wales, Creegan realises that he needs to set a trap to lure her home. Rivers and Krietman's pursuit of an unstable Carl Burgess results in Burgess trying to kill a patient, and then electrocuting himself, from which he dies of his injuries. When Julie Carney resurfaces, Creegan is forced to watch on as she tries to commit suicide.
5 5 "What Amathus Wants: Part 1" Julian Jarrold Russell T. Davies 27 May 1997
An investigation into multiple attacks on horses across the country reveals a mysterious website game called 'Amathus', where real life players are sucked into a violent reality where they must commit acts of violence in order to secure points and win prizes. When the next level of play results in a triple murder, Creegan realises he is running out of time. Meanwhile, an unstable Kreitman confesses to Creegan that he was responsible for Ronald Hinks' death.
6 6 "What Amathus Wants: Part 2" Julian Jarrold Paul Abbott 3 June 1997

Creegan and Taylor reel in convicted killer Justine Barber, whose crimes from some years ago mirror the exact methods used to commit the current murder. When she leads them to prime suspect Leonard Stoker, a chase ensues and Stoker is arrested. Creegan has no choice but to file a report on Kreitman. Enwright refuses to press charges on the grounds of no evidence, but leaves Kreitman without a job. Kreitman, upset at the result, goes on the rampage.

When first aired on PBS, these episodes were retitled "Deadly Web."

Series 2 (1998)[edit]

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7 1 "Scalping: Part 1" Sheree Folkson Mike Cullen 29 April 1998
Creegan and Taylor investigate a serial killer who is sending reports of each of his murders to a local journalist, David Laney. When Rivers tails the prime suspect to a shack in the woods, his hesitation results in the death of another victim. However, with the killer in custody, Creegan is surprised to receive another message stating another murder is about to happen. The search of a warehouse yields another body, that of a local MP.
8 2 "Scalping: Part 2" Sheree Folkson Mike Cullen 30 April 1998
Creegan realises that Laney may have been the killer all along, and puts surveillance on him. However, when he slips out of sight, he confronts an innocent café owner who is later found dead, with her throat having been cut. Laney then kidnaps Taylor and takes her back to the shack in the woods. Creegan and Rivers arrive to find a hostage situation, but the guilt over his hesitation the first time leads Rivers to jump in and shoot Laney dead.
9 3 "War Relief: Part 1" Rachel Talalay Sian Orrells 7 May 1998
Creegan and Taylor investigate links between a number of dead bodies found in white body bags, having been delivered to the homes of the victim. The trail leads the team straight to the aftermath of the Bosnian war, where all of the victims played a part in the clean-up and salvage operation. Rivers, angered that he had the prime suspect in his clutches, attacks him when the team finally catch up with him. However, a shocking revelation blows the case wide open.
10 4 "War Relief: Part 2" Rachel Talalay Sian Orrells 14 May 1998
Rivers goes it alone to try and track down Keller, but the killer's one-man rampage results in two further murders and two further attacks, including his wife and partner. When a personal note is delivered to the station, and the family of one of the young murder victims participate in a press release, Keller goes on the rampage with a gun at the young boy's funeral. During a shootout, Rivers is gunned down. Taylor wonders if she pushed him too far.
11 5 "What Price a Child: Part 1" Alex Pillai Mike Cullen 21 May 1998
Creegan and Taylor investigate when a young boy is snatched from the back garden of his parents' house. The search leads to Annie Jordan, who claims to be the boy's biological mother - and that she sold the boy to a dealer who internationally trades in children. As the team discover links to a paedophile ring, Creegan has to deal with personal tragedies of his own when a relative of a murder victim tries to kill his ex-wife and children by setting fire to their house.
12 6 "What Price a Child: Part 2" Alex Pillai Mike Cullen 28 May 1998
Taylor heads to Romania to collect a child whilst remaining undercover, and as the ring is threatened to be blown apart, the suspects make a break for it. As baby trader Reggie Hansen agrees to give evidence in court, Creegan is left devastated when Annie Jordan is shot and murdered in the passenger seat of his car by maniac Mark Hawkins. Creegan then has to choose whether or not to get justice for Annie or do the right thing and bring Hawkins in to custody.

Series 3 (1999)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
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13 1 "Innocent: Part 1" Bill Eagles Tony Etchells 16 May 1999 9.99m
Creegan is on sick leave when a man who he helped convict for the murder of his wife and another woman is released from prison. Creegan was always unsure of the conviction, until the man made a full confession. However, when the murders start again, Taylor brings the suspect straight back into custody. Creegan then leads a one-man show to prove he was right. The suspect then commits suicide following interrogation, and a fourth victim is found shortly afterwards.
14 2 "Innocent: Part 2" Bill Eagles Tony Etchells 23 May 1999 9.09m
As Creegan continues to trail the killer, tragedy strikes as he leaves his hotel to find that the killer's next victim is none other than Rivers. As Creegan and Taylor struggle with the loss of their friend, Rivers' fiancé makes a plea for information as to who is responsible. Meanwhile, as the clues begin to piece themselves together, Creegan and Taylor then both come face to face with the killer and both have to restrain themselves from taking revenge for Rivers' death.
15 3 "A Fiery Death: Part 1" David Moore Sian Evans 30 May 1999 7.32m
A serial killer who is burning the bodies of his victims to a crisp is operating in Ellendon. Meanwhile, Enwright introduces junior DC Martin Simmons to the team, much to the dismay of Creegan, who takes an instant dislike to him. As another victim of the killer turns up, Creegan realises that all of the murders are linked to a psychiatric hospital which burnt to the ground in 1989. As Creegan tries to identify one of the victims from facial recognition alone, the brutality of the murders begins to increase.
16 4 "A Fiery Death: Part 2" David Moore Sian Evans 6 June 1999 8.19m
Creegan and Taylor come closer to identifying the killer when a fourth victim, headteacher Claire Logan, is found dead. They soon realise that victim Debbie Lewis' best friend, Lyn Sotherby, is none other than Susan Etchells in disguise, and they soon track her down to a disused hospital in Lincolnshire, where she has another victim ready and waiting. Creegan then puts himself on the line to secure the safety of the hostage, much to Taylor's upset.

US version[edit]

Touching Evil
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US version poster
Genre Crime drama
Created by Paul Abbott
Starring Jeffrey Donovan
Vera Farmiga
Kevin Durand
Zach Grenier
Brian Markinson
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Picture format 1.87 : 1
Original run 12 March 2004 – 14 June 2004

In 2004, the USA Network in the United States screened an adaptation of the first serial, produced by actor Bruce Willis's production company, Cheyenne Enterprises, and starring Jeffrey Donovan as Detective David Creegan. Vera Farmiga starred as Creegan's partner Detective Susan Branca. Brian Markinson, Kevin Durand and Zach Grenier also co-starred in the series. The premise was somewhat different from that of the UK series; rather than acquiring the ability to sense criminals, Creegan's recovery from a gunshot wound to the head instead strips him of his impulse control and sense of shame.

The series premiered on 12 March 2004. It ran for 12 episodes, and ended on 14 June 2004. While the American adaptation garnered acclaim from television critics, the USA Network deemed it commercially unsuccessful and opted not to renew the series for a second season.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Larissa Tewson as Samantha Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Sydney Tewson as Lily Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Leila Johnson as Holly Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Bradley Cooper as OSC Agent Mark Rivers (6 episodes)
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Cyril Kemp (5 episodes)
  • Peter Wingfield as OSC Agent Jon Krakauer (4 episodes)
  • Christopher Redman as Ben Rivers (3 episodes)
  • D. Neil Mark as OSC Agent Garrett (3 episodes)
  • Aidan Jarrar as Eddie (2 episodes)
  • Veena Sood as OSC Agent Sattrah (2 episodes)
  • Tiffani Timms as Angie (2 episodes)
  • Devon Weigel as Emily Akins (2 episodes)

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