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Oct. 10, 2010
60 min.
Sky One TV Network

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Thorne (UK)

Crime drama based on the novel by Mark Billingham, starring David Morrissey. DI Tom Thorne investigates when three women are discovered to have been murdered after the killer had tried to make it appear as though they had suffered strokes, but when a fourth victim is found, the detective realises it is the criminal's intention to leave the women 'locked-in', unable to communicate or move.

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David Mark Morrissey (born June 21, 1964) is an English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ...

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The detective genre is one that's very well documented, it's the sort of thing we love on British telly. One thing I liked about Thorne was his empathy with the victim. Some victims are just jobs, they bounce off him, but some people get through his guard.

In sleepyhead he's dealing with a killer but then he realises that this man isn't trying to kill, he's trying to keep his victims in a sustained locked-in state. That affects Thorne in a big way. He can't handle it when he sees this girl who's locked-in just lying in bed. He identifies with her massively. It makes him angry and upset and destabilises him. Why? Why this particular victim?

What I like about sleepyhead is that I'm dealing with this past – the monkey on Thorne's back that he's not prepared to face but he has to deal with to move forward emotionally and professionally.

Thorne's also a guy who gets it wrong. He's not the great case solver we know and love in British television; he does mess up, a lot. He takes risks and they don't always come off. He's not that maverick cop who does his job and everybody goes to jail. He's a bit headstrong and sometimes people have to clear up after him.

In scaredy cat his mother has died, she had cancer. He's dealing with that, he's been to the funeral and he's sort of moving on. But in the course of his professional life a woman is killed and her child has escaped the killer. Thorne has to look after this kid and that's where it all starts to kick in. He takes personal responsibility and that blinds him to some of the facts – he lets his personal grief and need get in the way. And that's something people can recognise

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01x04 - Scaredy Cat (1)
Season 1, Episode 04
01x05 - Scaredy Cat (2)
Season 1, Episode 05
01x03 - Sleepyhead (3)
Season 1, Episode 03
01x06 - Scaredy Cat (3)
Season 1, Episode 06
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