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Intertitle of episode one
Genre Mystery drama
Created by David Pirie
Written by David Pirie
Directed by Catherine Morshead
Starring Robbie Coltrane
Bel Powley
Amanda Hale
Lucy Cohu
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3
Production company(s) Touchpaper Scotland
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Original release 19 October (2009-10-19) – 2 November 2009 (2009-11-02)
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Murderland is a three-part British television series created by David Pirie and directed by Catherine Morshead. The series also marks a return to ITV for Robbie Coltrane.[1] The series was filmed in June 2009[2] and the first episode was transmitted on Monday, 19 October 2009.

Plot summary[edit]

Murderland poses the question of tragedy and curiosity - can one move on from horrible and unexplained events that one experiences as a child, and grow up to make a new life? Or will peace come only once the truth is known?[2]

Murderland tells of the mystery surrounding a traumatic murder, as seen from the perspective of the three primary characters.[1] Carrie, the daughter of the murdered woman, Douglas Hain, the detective in charge of the investigation, and Sally the murder victim all have their story to tell.

Haunted by her mother’s murder when she was a child, Carrie seeks to uncover the truth so that she can move on with her life. As the investigation unfolds, Carrie’s yearning to discover who murdered her mother grows more intense, bringing her closer to the detective working the case.



Ep. # Title Writer Director Airdate Ratings (m)[3]
1 "Carrie's Story" David Pirie Catherine Morshead 19 October 2009 7.32
One night in 1994 Carrie comes home from a party to find her mother Sally, a prostitute, had been murdered. Carrie sees a man's shadow on the wall and, whilst phoning the police, observed a man with a blood-stained hand. She is keen to help D.I. Hain in his investigation, though the crime goes unsolved. Fifteen years later, Carrie, now known as Carol, is about to get married. She goes to visit Hain to help put the tragedy of her mother's murder behind her.
2 "Hain's Story" David Pirie Catherine Morshead 26 October 2009 6.61
Hain explains to Carol his own position fifteen years earlier and how he was dropped from the case because he was a client of Sally, whom he loved. Hain used Cleo's, the massage parlour where Sally worked, to gain information from her former colleagues. He suspected another policeman, Oliver, of having shady dealings with Tony Phillips, the man behind Cleo's. Hain was subsequently given early retirement. Carol decides to go under cover herself at the massage parlour to see if she can find answers.
3 "Carol's Story" David Pirie Catherine Morshead 2 November 2009 6.56
Hain and Carol continue to dig into the past, despite death threats. Carol registers at the massage parlour as Angel and forces Whittaker, a regular client, to admit he took photographs for a pædophile ring. Carol tracks down another victim, Andrew, who identifies Rachel as a procuress for the group. Rachel names Phillips and Oliver as its ring-leaders and admits she saw the murderer of Sally but was forced to keep quiet at the time.

DVD release[edit]

The complete series of Murderland was released on DVD on 1 February 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b Ian Wylie (2009-10-19). "Murderland looks great. But shouldn't ITV get away from crime country?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b RDF Media Group (Now Zodiak Media) (2009-04-09). "ITV Commissions Coltrane in "MURDERLAND"". Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Broadcasters Audience Research Board - Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  4. ^ Acorn Media (2009-11-06). "Acorn Media announce DVD release date for ITV's Murderland". Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

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