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Helen West 

A workaholic with a messy personal life, Helen West juggles gruesome cases of domestic abuse, sexual molestation and murder alongside her rocky relationship with policeman Chief Superintendent Bailey.
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Series cast summary:
Amanda Burton ...  Helen West 3 episodes, 2002
Conor Mullen ...  Chief Supt. Bailey / ... 3 episodes, 2002
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Brian Redwood 3 episodes, 2002
Martin Freeman ...  DC Stone 3 episodes, 2002
Jessica Oyelowo ...  Rose Darvey 2 episodes, 2002
Anthony Howell ...  Dinsdale Cotton 2 episodes, 2002
Richard Syms ...  Magistrate / ... 2 episodes, 2002
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Helen West is a crown prosecutor who cares about people in the criminal justice system and seeks to ensure that justice is done. She has a particular interest in women's issues and has to put up with her somewhat odd superior and his cleanliness phobia. She recognizes that it's the role of the police to find the evidence but also feels it warranted to occasionally investigate matters herself. Unmarried, she is also in a relationship with Chief Supt. Bailey, though neither seem to be able to make up their minds about their futures or what they want to get out of life. Written by garykmcd

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6 May 2002 (UK) See more »

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not up to the usual British mystery standards
17 July 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This disappointing series lasted for three episodes. I'm surprised it made it that far.

The Helen West Casebook has to do with a prosecutor for the Crown and her cases.

The problem is that the stories are actually quite good, but the execution is terrible. For one hour and fifteen minutes, the viewer sits through Helen's difficulties with her boyfriend, Chief Superintendent Bailey, and her chauvinistic boss. Then there are two or three subplots. In the last fifteen minutes of the show, all of the subplots come together. That's if you're still watching.

Amanda Burton is lovely and underplayed as Helen, and the rest of the acting is good. The episodes are slow and therefore seem overly long.

A real disappointment.


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