Trial & Retribution in September

Contender Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Lynda La Plante - Trial & Retribution Volumes 1-4 for 20th September 2004 priced at £49.99. Devised, written and produced by BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Lynda La Plante, the acclaimed Trial and Retribution broke new ground in style and content with its unique approach to crime investigation, police procedure, forensic pathology and courtroom drama. Its enormous success has resulted in the production of seven mini-series to date.

Now, Contender Entertainment is releasing the first four Trial and Retribution mini-series on DVD for the first time, as a special four-disc digi-pack.

Trial and Retribution 1
When five-year-old Julie Anne Harris goes missing, a huge police search operation is put into action, led by Detective Inspector Pat North (Kate Buffery). The discovery of the young girl's body in a sewer pipe leads to an emotionally charged murder investigation, with Julie Anne's violent stepfather and a local alcoholic misfit among the prime suspects.

Trial and Retribution 2
A serial killer is on the loose, mutilating and sexually assaulting his victims with an arrow-headed weapon before murdering them. The investigations, headed by Detective Superintendent Walker (David Hayman), eventually lead the police to Damon Morton (Iain Glen) and certain evidence, including one survivor's description of her assailant, makes them convinced they have got their man. But what appears to be a cut-and-dry case is thrown into confusion when three of Morton's employees each confess to committing the attacks.

Trial and Retribution 3
An anonymous phone call leads the police to a boathouse where they find the bloodstained clothing of a young girl, Cassie Booth, reported missing while doing her paper round. The main suspect is the owner of the boathouse, Karl Wilding (Anthony Higgins), but although he fits an eyewitness description of Cassie's abductor, the police don't have enough evidence to arrest him. The investigation connects Wilding to Stephen Warrington (Richard E. Grant), a persistent complainer to the police who has recently been arrested on charges of indecent exposure. When both men are eventually charged with Cassie's murder, a nail-biting and twist-filled trial reveals all is not what it seems.

Trial and Retribution 4
DI North (Kate Buffery) is assigned to an eight-year-old murder case which has been reopened after fresh evidence suggests the convicted man, James McCready (James Wilby), may be innocent. North discovers that the original enquiry was led by her boyfriend, DS Walker (David Hayman) and their relationship is put to the test as she gradually begins to suspect that he is hiding something. When a past link between DS Walker and McCready comes to light, Walker finds himself suspended from duty and fighting to save his reputation, his relationship and his career.

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