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Red Dhalia is worthy of suspicion.

WHEN you set out to make a drama that will rival Prime Suspect, you're setting your hopes and ambitions pretty darned high.

But Above Suspicion was everything that we had hoped, and more, when it aired for the first time last year.

And now, the gritty detective drama is back. Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia, has been adapted by Lynda La Plante from her successful second novel about rookie detective, Anna Travis, played by Kelly Reilly.

Travis is reunited with the inimitable DCI James Langton (Ciar[sz]n Hinds), to face her most challenging and terrifying case yet.

When the body of a young woman is discovered by the Thames, sadistically mutilated and drained of blood, it would seem an ominous re-enactment of the infamously unsolved murder, from 1940s Los Angeles, dubbed the Black Dahlia.

At the post-mortem, the pathologist confirms that the mutilations carry the mark of a professional, possibly with surgical experience.

To aid identification, a cleaned up photograph of the girl is created, with her facial injuries airbrushed away.

The move pays off when Sharon Bilkin (Holliday Grainger) contacts DC Anna Travis after seeing the new photo in the press.

She recognises the victim as her flatmate, Louise Pennel (Ty Glaser). Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia is on ITV1 Wales tomorrow at 9pm


Above Suspicion: Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds star in The Red Dahlia
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 3, 2010
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