Chief Inspector Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases. A spectral leader, calling himself "The Shepherd," is inciting vulnerable women to commit murder; a sadomasochistic killer is counting off his victims, leaving the word "Sorry" carved into their skin; and the discovery of an unexploded bomb threatens to bring unforeseen upheaval to the team. Meanwhile, Boyd's visiting a shrink to deal with his anger management, while an apparently mild-mannered ex-con starts to reveal signs that he's actually well connected in a sinister crime ring. Whatever happens, whatever the result, Boyd is determined to get to the bottom of every crime, even if he must examine his own ways of working to unravel the truth. But the final case of the season brings a shocking turn of events that shakes the team to its core. The 12 episodes of Season 4 originally aired in 2004 on Britain's BBC1 channel.
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Fans of PBS' Mystery! will remember the star, Trevor Eve, from the trilogy "Heat of the Sun" set in Kenya right after the end of World War I. Eve does not disappoint in this edgy, well-written whodunit series. It's been compared to CBS's "Cold Case," but that does this show a great injustice. The writers have created complex characters and convoluted plots that keep the viewer guessing until the last minute. There are no cookie-cutter happy endings in this series; it very much mirrors 'real' life in all its grittiness and messiness. For those concerned about violence or foul language, the writers don't seem to need to fall back on either device to create suspense or complexity within the plot. I've not seen writing and acting at this level in quite a while. Kudos to the BBC for airing this show. I hope that you get hooked on this series as quickly as we did.