Supply & Demand (TV series)

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Supply & Demand
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Created by Lynda La Plante
Starring Adé Sapara
Eamonn Walker
Ramon Tikaram
Benedict Wong
Juliet Aubrey
Fintan McKeown
Miriam Margoyles
Larry Lamb
Martin Kemp
Country of origin UK
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 4
Production
Running time 120 min.
Release
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 4:3, 16:9
Original release 5 February 1997 –
6 October 1998

Supply & Demand is a ITV television drama series that began in 1997 and ended in 1998, with just two series being broadcast. It was devised and written by Lynda La Plante, known for her hit television series Prime Suspect, which went on hiatus in the same year.[1] Each episode of Supply & Demand was two hours long. La Plante felt that the series had reached a natural end and decided not to write any further episodes, thus meaning the last episode was broadcast on October 6, 1998.

Characters[edit]

Both Pilot and TV series[edit]

Pilot only[edit]

TV series only[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (1997)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Running time Original airdate Viewers
(millions)
1 "Supply & Demand" Lynda La Plante Peter MacDonald 120 min. 5 February 1997
DI Carl Harrington is appointed the new leader of ESUS, the elite specialist undercover squad. His first case is that of suspected drugs importer Lance Anthony Izzard, who is shipping a large consignment of drugs across the channel in a tanker. As Harrington and the team pursue the tanker, an incident involving an overtaking vehicle near roadworks causes the tanker to crash, and both the driver and co-driver to be killed in the incident. Harrington, however, seizes the chance to go undercover by posing himself as the co-driver, and allowing the haul of drugs to be collected by Izzard to implicate him. DI Alex Chomsky is not too pleased that DI Harrington has taken matters into his own hands, however, and is soon forced to overrule him when his cover is blown and he is forced to take class A drugs against his will. Meanwhile, the team attempt to catch Izzard in the act.

Series 2 (1998)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Running time Original airdate Viewers
(millions)
1 "Raw Recruit" Lynda La Plante Waris Hussein 120 min. 1 September 1998
8 September 1998
8.89
7.13
ESUS are asked to provide back up for DS Barbara Hall, who has been undercover for six months and is believed to be acting as a mule for Miguel Morena, a drugs importer who is thought to be negotiating a huge shipment of cocaine into Britain. When Hall fails to make contact of her arrival at London's City Airport, the team become suspicious. Has she gone OTS and joined forces with Moreno, or has she fallen for his associate? When Hall is murdered, DI Brown is determined to prove that Dt. Supt Hughes was somehow involved.
2 "Golden Goose" Lynda La Plante Waris Hussein 120 min. 15 September 1998
22 September 1998
6.92
6.58
When junior secretary Peter Gleeson commits suicide after being exposed as being a homosexual, the team go undercover to investigate a private drinking club called the Golden Goose where they become embroiled in scandal, blackmail and tragedy. Owner Patricia Monroe's sidelines in drugs and prostitution appear to be the key to unraveling the entire scam, but Hughes and McEwan come close to becoming embroiled themselves. As Edna discovers the truth, tragedy strikes when a drunken Monroe unleashes a gun on DI Brown.
3 "Blood Ties" Lynda La Plante Colin Bucksey 120 min. 29 September 1998
6 October 1998
6.74
7.25
DS Harper comes face-to-face with an old adversary when Frankie Li goes undercover as a martial arts expert as the team investigates a corrupt Hong Kong businessman, who's suspicious cargo being brought in in a cheese van alerts the team to a much bigger operation which involves locating the student catalyst for the Tiananmen Square riots. As Roger's identity is finally revealed, and an attempt to rescue his granddaughter Natasha backfires, resulting in Harper taking out the prime suspect - as well as two other civilians.

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Ep# Region 2 Region 1
Supply & Demand 1 23 July 2007[2] N/A
Supply & Demand II 3 23 July 2007[3] N/A

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