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4.2 out of 5 stars (43) IMDb 6.8/10
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Set during the London Blitz of 1940, Murder on the Home Front is a vibrant, original crime drama. This is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities. As the Luftwaffe drop their bombs, below people are literally getting away with murder. Dr Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy) is a pathologist new to murder cases, obsessed with pursuing the truth through all means available. He is often at the cutting edge of new thinking in pathology from chemical tests to the controversial inclusion of the study of the psyche. Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) is not only the first secretary to a pathologist, she is the first woman allowed into a very male world. All Lennox knows is that she has a strong stomach, 60 words a minute and a keen brain. When together they discover a serial killer at large under cover of the Blitz, Lennox has his work cut out convincing the police to have faith in his methods and theories.

Starring:
Richard Bremmer, Tamzin Merchant
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Richard Bremmer, Tamzin Merchant, James Fleet
Director Geoffrey Sax
Genres Drama
Studio Universal Pictures
Rental release 6 December 2013
Main languages English

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By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2013
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Bought this for my wife and she pressured me into watching it too. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. OK there were a few poor bits like the 'rough house teenager' who looked like a male model in his make up and too-good-looking clothes, but these were no distraction from the programme being a well constructed and enjoyable thriller based on the early days of British Forensic Science.

One day, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Molly Cooper, although none too keen on being a secretary, is intrigued to find out exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.

'Miss Molly' quickly becomes indispensible to Dr Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth. Accompanying him from the morgues to some gruesome crime scenes, Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the secrets that the victims keep.

Molly's character is based on the real Molly, Molly Lefebure, on whose memoirs of these early forensic days the series is based.

A very good programme to watch.
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I must admit a slight sense of disappointment with this drama. Firstly, the actual synopsis is excellent, and inspiring. The idea of looking in to scientific developments during the war could have really worked. The base idea was excellent; this was not the problem. Also, the cast and the acting was good - a good case bought the performance alive as a whole, and you could see each individual actor had worked hard to bring their character alive, and make them believable.

However, the real problem is one thing - the whole series only lasts 90 minutes - 2 eps of 45 minutes. There simply was not enough time to develop the story line and really explore the characters and the plot. I think there was a great opportunity here for ITV to create a great, perhaps 6 or 8, piece series. However, just being a two-parter there is not enough time for the show to develop and really intrigue - it's really annoying because the opportunity is there, but just not being pounced upon! I think ITV could learn something from the BBC - when they get an excellent base, they develop it in to an interesting and intriguing series; for example 'Ripper Street'

In short; idea: 10, acting: 10, plot: 10, development: 2
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I really want to see more of this! I understand that since it's based on the Merchant character's autobiographical writings this might be difficult, but they were interesting characters and the basic idea was so good that it would be a pity not to follow this up...
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By Steven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 July 2013
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Wartime london is brought to life in this charming if undemanding TV movie. The leads are engaging, Tamzin Merchant is particularly good. The sets are visually entertaining and provide a well rendered vista of the period. The acting is excellent but the script doesn't call for much. The tale about a serial killer plying their evil trade during the blitz is interesting but a little light in the suspense department. Although I enjoyed, it feels like a pilot for a proposed series which didn't quite make the grade.
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Well this was certainly different. If your expecting a slow pace, reasonably nice 1940's whodunnit then look elsewhere because this is no Foyle or Bletchley Circle, and I mean that in a good way.
The style of the show is colorful, bold and loud. It completely throws you because there's nothing quite like this on TV in this era. So watch this with no preconception's and you'll enjoy.
The team doesn't flow as well as the Bletchley lot or Foyle but they are a great cast nonetheless.
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I enjoyed the first part of this, but the second part was a disappointment because the scenario became too implausible. The basic plot becomes completely unbelievable, given that if the skills possessed by a dangerous criminal made him too valuable to hang, the authorities could have availed his skills more effectively by banging him up than leaving him loose. In terms of background, the scenes in the Aldwych Tube are patently inauthentic: anyone who knows anything about the Blitz knows that the underground platforms were packed with bodies, and the idea that deeper tunnels leading off an underground station, which were open for the public to walk into, would have been left empty is laughable.
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very 1940's. plot seemed contrived but well acted. Why was the new pathologist suddenly talking like CSI? Would be happy to see a second series
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By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2015
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"Murder on the Home Front" is a British drama that was first broadcast on British television (ITV) in May 2013. There are two episodes here. Each episode runs for ca. 45 minutes. Thus the total running time is ca. 90 minutes. Here is some basic information:

** Created and written by David Kane
** Directed by Geoffrey Sax
** Produced by Christopher Hall

The two main characters are:
** Lennox Collins, a forensic pathologist, played by Patrick Kennedy
** Molly Cooper, a reporter who becomes a secretary for the pathologist, played by Tamzin Merchant

"Murder on the Home Front" is a period drama set in London in 1940 during the Blitz, when German bombs were falling on London and people had to take shelter in the underground stations. It is loosely based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure (1919-2013), who worked during the Second World War as a secretary for forensic pathologist Keith Simpson (1907-1985). Her book was published ten years after the war under the title Evidence For The Crown (1955). It was reprinted in 1990 with a new and catchier title: "Murder on the Home Front." In 2013 it was released again in order to coincide with the television drama. Here is a link to the recent edition: Murder on the Home Front.

When I compare the book with the television drama, I notice two important differences. (1) The book covers the years 1941-1945. But the drama is set in 1940. In 1940 Molly Lefebure had not yet started working for Keith Simpson. (2) The book mentions numerous cases, but the drama covers only one case.
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