Maisie Raine

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Maisie Raine
Genre Crime drama
Created by Stephen Bill
Directed by Rob Evans
Claire Winyard
David Innes Edwards
Bob Mahoney
Starring Pauline Quirke
Ian McElhinney
Steve John Shepherd
Rakie Ayola
Richard Graham
Brian Bovell
Paul Reynolds
Dean Lennox Kelly
Composer(s) Andrew Phillips
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tessa Ross
Irving Teitelbaum
Producer(s) Ian Strachan
Liz Watkins
Location(s) London
Cinematography Colin Munn
Editor(s) William Webb
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Fair Game Films
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 28 July 1998 (1998-07-28) – 9 July 1999 (1999-07-09)

Maisie Raine is a British television crime drama series, first broadcast on BBC One, that ran from July 28, 1998 to July 9, 1999. Pauline Quirke starred as the eponymous title character, an unorthodox detective whose hands on yet down-to-earth approach is not always appreciated by her superiors.[1] Created by Stephen Bill, a total of twelve episodes were broadcast across two series. The first series featured a running story arc involving Maisie's wayward brother Kelvin (Paul Reynolds), and had a much lighter feel than the second, which featured grittier storylines including drug dealing, armed robbery, arson and murder.

Throughout the series, Maisie is portrayed as a strong and dedicated detective, often stepping on toes and bending the rules to get results, and even becoming personally involved with the victims of each case. She often clashes with her superior officer, Jack Freeman (Ian McElhinney), who also appears to hold a romantic torch for her, while George Kyprianou (Steve John Shepherd), a junior constable on her team, often proves to be her best ally in the field. Maisie also receives help from her loyal housekeeper Joan (Stella Moray). Although neither series have been released on DVD, repeats of the series are regularly shown on Drama and Alibi.[2]



Series 1 (1998)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Happy Families" Stephen Bill Rob Evans 8.07 28 July 1998 (1998-07-28)
Maisie is furious to be recalled from holiday to investigate a brutal assault of young man, found severely injured in the middle of an empty football ground.
2 "Food of Love" Jo O'Keefe David Innes Edwards 6.60 4 August 1998 (1998-08-04)
Maisie and the team investigate a brutal assault on a pensioner, but find that the local community have erected a wall of silence to stall the investigation.
3 "Go Bananas" Shaun Duggan Rob Evans 6.77 11 August 1998 (1998-08-11)
Maisie investigates when a popular television host claims that he is the victim of a stalker, but as the case begins to unravel, it appears he could have been faking it all along.
4 "An Ordinary Little Tragedy" Gillian Richmond David Innes Edwards 6.78 18 August 1998 (1998-08-18)
Maisie deals with a complex case involving the disappearance of a young girl, who was threatening to desert her immigrant family and return home to her native country.
5 "Getting to Be a Habit" Stephen Tredre Claire Winyard 6.57 25 August 1998 (1998-08-25)
Maisie reluctantly accepts to investigate when her brother, Kelvin, is robbed and money is taken. However, the case appears to be less straightforward than she first thought.
6 "A Blast from the Past" Stephen Bill Claire Winyard 5.51 1 September 1998 (1998-09-01)
Maisie tries to talk down a suicidal woman from jumping to her death, but finds herself drawn into an unsolved murder from six years previously.

Series 2 (1999)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Can't See For Looking" Stephen Bill Bob Mahoney 6.68 4 June 1999 (1999-06-04)
Maisie becomes concerned that George is becoming too involved with his latest informant, but the new trainee inspector takes things a step further by putting her life at risk when he bungles a surveillance operation on a major drug dealer who is also possibly implicated in a murder.
2 "European Forty-Five" John Milne Bob Mahoney 6.48 11 June 1999 (1999-06-11)
Maisie and the team investigate an armed robbery at an off-licence, but discover that possible local witnesses have been scaremongered into keeping quiet.
3 "ID" John Milne Claire Winyard 7.03 18 June 1999 (1999-06-18)
Maisie tackles a series of murders connected to local drug gangs, but is forced to contend with an outbreak of gang warfare. Meanwhile, Tomlin loses her warrant card and is forced to explain herself when it is used for criminal purposes.
4 "Old Scores" Neil McKay Claire Winyard 6.19 25 June 1999 (1999-06-25)
Maisie investigates the firebombing of a home belonging to a former police officer, and immediately suspects an ex-convict, who he helped to convict, who has recently been released from prison.
5 "The Witness" John Milne Rob Evans 6.23 2 July 1999 (1999-07-02)
Maisie comes to the aid of a man who is forced to smuggle illegal immigrants and alcohol into the country by a pair of loansharks whom he owes £2,000 to.
6 "To Sleep..." Stephen Bill Rob Evans 6.63 9 July 1999 (1999-07-09)
Maisie is forced to juggle two particularly complex cases, investigating the disappearance of a police officer's son, and an organised gang stealing valuable cars to order from a hotel car park.


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