Helen West (2002)
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A Clear Conscience 

Helen West is somewhat frustrated at work with her boss' attitude to the battered women's cases she has been prosecuting. Often the women are afraid to appear and he feels cases should be ... See full summary »

Director:

Myles Connell

Writers:

Frances Fyfield (books), T.R. Bowen (adapted for television by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Burton ... Helen West
Conor Mullen ... Chief Supt Bailey
Lynda Steadman Lynda Steadman ... Cath Boyce
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Joe Boyce
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Emily Eliot
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ... Alistair Eliot
Julie T. Wallace ... Michaela Gat
Joe Mullan Joe Mullan ... Damien Flood
Tim Brown Tim Brown ... Jez Malcolm
Martin Freeman ... DC Stone
Kim Vithana ... WPC Mary Secura
Nicholas Woodeson ... Brian Redwood
Richard Syms ... Magistrate
Megan De Wolf Megan De Wolf ... Jane Eliot
Philip Ilic Philip Ilic ... Mark Eliot
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Helen West is somewhat frustrated at work with her boss' attitude to the battered women's cases she has been prosecuting. Often the women are afraid to appear and he feels cases should be dropped in they are no-shows. Chief Supt. Bailey meanwhile isn't satisfied that the man they have in custody for killing former professional boxer Damian Flood is really the killer. Flood was beaten by a trio of young lads he had just fleeced at the pool table and his brother-in-law Joe Boyce, married to his sister Cath, witnessed the assault. Bailey thinks Joe may have had something to do with it. Cath has just started working as a house cleaner for Helen who soon realizes that Joe is beating her. Cath moves into her dead brother's flat but an attempt at a reconciliation with Joe goes terribly wrong. Meanwhile, Helen and Bailey's relationship takes an interesting turn. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2002 (UK) See more »

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deadly
17 July 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In the third and last Helen West Casebook, the show follows its usual format: dull for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and then in the last 15 minutes or so, the subplots come together.

In this episode, Helen's boyfriend, Chief Bailey, has someone in custody for the murder of a professional boxer, but it isn't sitting well with him. Helen is painting her apartment mustard yellow with the help of a young woman named Cath, whose brother was the boxer. Cath has an abusive husband, which is upsetting to Helen, who works with battered women cases. The woman's husband is a suspect in her brother's murders. One of Helen's friends, who recommended Cath to her, has a daughter who digs up a knife in the garden.

And then we have Helen's testy relationship with her boyfriend. That situation always seems very awkward.

Amanda Burton's underplaying fits Helen well, but she deserved better than this series. Despite good stories, the execution was not.


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