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Byline: With Jane Simon TODAY'S TV

MURDER ON THE HOME FRONT, ITV1, 9pm IF Jerry Bruckheimer had been involved in this two-part crime drama, it would have been called CSI: The Blitz.

At its centre is Home Office pathologist Dr Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy, inset) - a junior Gil Grissom who is at the forefront of forensic science at a time when policemen left their sandwiches lying around near murder victims and crimes were solved by gut instinct rather than evidence.

His forward thinking ways are viewed as strange, and his superior gladly tells him, "You're only here because the war has taken our best men."

As Collins embarks on the hunt for a serial killer, rookie reporter Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) is hired as his secretary because she has a strong stomach for gore.

It's not the most ground-breaking of dramas but it does have a captivating mix of frothiness and darkness, with splashes of humour thrown in for good measure. And it's all very civilised.

If a crime drama could be described as afternoon tea in your Sunday best, this would be it.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 9, 2013
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