When Whicher offers to help a country lady find her niece, he's drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into conflict with his former police colleagues.
A divorce case involving a landowner and his young wife spirals into something darker, drawing Whicher into the heart of the English countryside where he uncovers the most disturbing and destructive of secrets.
Unlike the end of this movie, Jack Whicher never left the force. Though his reputation was tarnished by failing to close the case, over the years he built it back up, eventually reaching the rank of assistant superintendent, retiring in 1881 and passing away later that year. Only this first movie is based on a real case: the rest are works of fiction. See more »
I came across the 'Whicher' series of dramas on amazon prime. I'm so glad I did because 1) I've never heard of the actors and 2) I am put off by the dark grim environment of the times portrayed. Luckily, the acting and writing (and story) were good enough to overcome my biases.
Watching these Whicher stories (I have not read the novel from which the film is adapted, I am impressed that this is straight story-telling. Every few minutes, I appreciate that it is clear the story is going somewhere. That holds my interest - where? There are not the distracting subplots and twists so often found when a mystery unravels. Whicher has one aim - to solve a crime - and I'm taken along for the ride. That's an interesting ride, too!
Very enjoyable viewing.
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