The Best Episodes Directed by Andrew Grieve
#1 - The Even Chance
Hornblower Season 1 - Episode 1
The Hornblower series is based on C.S. Forester's classic maritime adventures - the story of one young man's struggle to become a leader of men. Set against the back drop of the 18th century Anglo-French wars, the bloodiest time in British naval history. Spithead, Portsmouth, 1794. Under thundery skies and in lashing rain, a 17 year old midshipman takes the first tentative steps of his naval career.
#3 - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 7 - Episode 1
Living quietly in the small village of King's Abbot, sleuth Hercule Poirot becomes involved in the murder of successful industrialist Roger Ackroyd. The number of potential killers is almost as great as the population of the village itself. As Poirot investigates he sees that there might be a connection to the suicide of a local woman, and the death the previous year of her husband.
#4 - The Duchess and the Devil
Hornblower Season 1 - Episode 3
Horatio Homblower, now promoted to Acting Lieutenant, captures the French ship Le Reve off the Spanish coast. The Captain of the French ship is furious that such a youngster has pulled off such a coup. But far more daunting is Hornblower's first taste of the high life, when he is invited to dine with the Governor of Gibraltar and his wife. The prospect of this is frightening enough, but an unexpected guest, the glamorous Duchess of Wharfedale, adds another spin to his evening.
#5 - Hickory Dickory Dock
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 6 - Episode 2
A string of thefts at a student hostel run by Miss Lemon's sister ends in death, and Poirot has a number of plots and sub-plots to untangle, including smuggling and political manipulations. A certain mouse is the only witness to a string of murders and it also features at the climax. Meanwhile, Poirot invites Japp to stay with him while Mrs Japp is away. Hastings is also off on his travels, and the dim police inspector vies with Poirot over the cooking.
#6 - Murder on the Links
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 6 - Episode 3
Poirot and Hastings are on holiday in Deauville and receive a visit from Paul Renauld, who believes he's being cheated by Chileans. Renauld is kidnapped and his body is later found buried in a new golf bunker. French detective Giraud unwisely challenges Poirot to catch the killer before he can. Meanwhile, Hastings is diverted by love - he has fallen heavily for an actress called Dulcie Duveen. Dulcie has a twin sister called Bella. And one of them appears to be mixed up in the killing of Renault.
#7 - The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 3 - Episode 2
The London and Scottish Bank is sending a huge shipment of Liberty Bonds to New York on the liner Queen Mary. Poirot, who suffers terribly from sea-sickness, is asked to see the bonds safely across the Atlantic.
#8 - Mutiny
Hornblower Season 2 - Episode 1
Hornblower comes to realize that his new captain, though quite respected, is quite mad, and that the only option he and his fellows have is mutiny.
#9 - Still She Cries
Wire in the Blood Season 2 - Episode 1
Dr Tony Hill finds his work with the police compromised when a student from his university is abducted. But that's not his only worry - Carol stops trusting him when he allows one of his own pupils to help with the investigation. Dr Tony Hill finally persuades the police to reopen the case of Maggie Thomas, his long-standing child killer patient, in order to try and recover the bodies for the victims' families. Carol is less than impressed to discover that Tony has enlisted the help of one of his students, the bright and extremely attractive Laura Webster. But Laura's abilities at criminal psychology become challenged when her best friend Hattie is abducted. Tony finds that the price for bending the rules with Laura to help her understand crime on the Maggie Thomas case gives her too much access to the work to find her friend. Loyalties fray as Tony finds himself in the middle of the unpredictable triangle of himself, Carol and Laura - and in so doing leaves Maggie alone and vulnerable, haunted by the ghosts of the children she murdered. Meanwhile Hattie's abductor has struck again, and while police attention focuses on that, Maggie decides that she's had enough of not being taken seriously and Carol finds herself with another victim on her hands.
#10 - The Mermaids Singing (2)
Wire in the Blood Season 1 - Episode 2
The police focus on the gay scene while Tony thinks the killer is sending a message on the body of his victim. Carol builds a strong relationship with Tony and uses all her police skill to produce as much evidence as possible, and then Tony analyses every detail putting himself in the killer's shoes until he can almost sense the killings themselves. As Tony nears the solution, having discovered the ultimate profile of the killer they're pursuing, he becomes the unsuspecting target of the killer himself. Now the close relationship he's built up with Carol over this case won't just be about catching the killer - Tony now depends on her for his very life. This case is a battle of wits and wills in which Tony and Carol have to use every ounce of their professional skill and personal nerve to survive.
#11 - The Examination for Lieutenant
Hornblower Season 1 - Episode 2
In the dark days of the Napoleonic War, Horatio Hornblower and the crew of the Indefatigable are put on half rations. But Hornblower is distracted from his hunger by the prospect of a commission, for Captain Pellew has nominated the young sailor for the lieutenants exams.
#14 - The Darkness of Light
Wire in the Blood Season 2 - Episode 2
When the bodies of recent murder victims are dug up with ancient remains in the grounds of a ruined Abbey, Tony and Carol uncover more local legend than fact. But will that lead them to the killer? When bodies are discovered at Norton Hotel during the digging of new foundations, Carol is sent in to oversee whether they were in any way suspicious, or a legacy of the hotel's previous incarnation as part of the local Abbey. But the discovery of the bodies coincides with the hotel being burned to the ground, and Carol realises that she's got a very current case on her hands. She calls Tony in when it becomes apparent that someone is killing people in a way that Norton hasn't seen since it burned witches back in the middle ages. Needless to say, Brandon isn't too chuffed to have nothing to brief the press with apart from Tony's theory that the same killer could somehow be reaching a long arm over five centuries of murder. Tony and Carol are forced to challenge all that they thought they knew, as it is a case rich in the inexplicable. This killer forces them to test not only their science and experience, but also their very beliefs.
#15 - The Theft of the Royal Ruby
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 3 - Episode 8
Poirot prepares to spend a quiet Christmas on his own with a box of chocolates, but he has to give up his plans when the British government asks for his urgent help. Prince Farouk, a young member of the Egyptian royal family visiting London, has lost a famous ruby, and this is deemed to be a matter of national security.
#16 - The Kidnapped Prime Minister
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 2 - Episode 8
Poirot is called in when the British Prime Minister and his secretary are kidnapped in France on their way to a League of Nations conference - and he is given just a day and a half to solve the case.
#17 - Nothing But The Night
Wire in the Blood Season 3 - Episode 3
The brutal murder of a woman, beaten to death with a steam iron, brings Tony back from a publicity tour for his latest book to join in on Carol's investigation. More bizarre but completely different deaths follow, and Tony is bewildered, unable to create a profile for a seemingly schizophrenic killer. As he is stalked by a Canadian woman he met on the book tour, Tony realises they must focus on the relationships at work behind the crimes. Tony is not behaving well during a publicity tour for his latest book and Carol is causing ructions during a case review in York with her unsympathetic new boss Eden, when a bizarre murder intervenes to bring them home. Further deaths follow but the MOs are all so strange and so significantly varied that profiling suggests each one must be committed by a completely different person. And to make things more complicated the killer appears to be schizophrenic - both violent and childlike at the same time. Tony is baffled. Eden is piling on the pressure. And there's pressure of another sort when Tony attracts the unwanted attentions of Patricia, a Canadian woman he met during his book tour. Caught in a triangle between a potentially violent suitor and unwitting obstacle Carol, Tony discovers that the killings also reflect a triangle forged in repression and juvenile abuse. Tony and Carol must separate the method from the madness to understand the relationships at work behind the crimes. And Tony is forced to question just how equal his relationship with Carol really is. With Eden threatening action that Tony knows will lead to carnage, can he and Carol act in time to stop the killer from turning on his most longstanding victim, the person he ought to love?
#19 - The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 2 - Episode 5
Matthew Davenheim, a rich banker, disappears on a walk from his country house to the village post office, and Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard is put onto the case. Poirot, who has developed an interest in conjuring tricks, bets Japp five pounds that he can solve the mystery without leaving his apartment.
#20 - The Mermaids Singing (1)
Wire in the Blood Season 1 - Episode 1
Gruesome murders with an apparent sexual bent strike fear into a community. Instruments of torture are being used - and the victims are getting closer to home. Two men have been found mutilated and tortured. Fear grips a city, no man feels safe. Detective Inspector Carol Jordan seeks out Dr Tony Hill to help police track down the brutal killer in the Northern town of Bradfield. Carol hopes his skill as a profiler will crack the case, but Tony's off-beat methods cause others to dismiss him. Until now, the only serial killers Tony has encountered are safely behind bars. He's a clinical psychologist, who has devoted his career to helping jailed killers find peace, and in so doing, find the final facts that can help the victim's families find closure. But this case is different - this killer's on the loose. Carol Jordan is desperate for his help to persuade her colleagues that the killings part of a serial pattern, not three isolated killings. The rest of Bradfield police force are less convinced by Tony because as far as they're concerned, he can't tell them anything they don't already know. But when there's another murder things change - this time the victim is a cop, who has suffered the most unspeakable torture at somebody's hands...
#21 - Retribution
Hornblower Season 2 - Episode 2
Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.
#22 - Loyalty
Hornblower Season 3 - Episode 1
Finally promoted to Captain and given command of HMS Hotspur, Hornblower is sent to France to determine the status of Napoleon's pledge of peace, but instead he discovers Napoleon's troops waiting to invade. He also begins a romantic relationship with the young Maria Mason.
#23 - Duty
Hornblower Season 3 - Episode 2
Soon after getting married, Hornblower is sent on a search and rescue mission for a British ship (under the command of an old friend) last reported off the French coast. In the midst of the search, the HMS Hotspur picks up some unwanted passengers and attempts to discover the objective of a small French invasion force.
#24 - The Frogs and the Lobsters
Hornblower Season 1 - Episode 4
Hornblower is assigned to escort a company of British redcoats (the Lobsters) and a group of French royalists (the Frogs) to France in an attempt to restore the king to power, but he is unprepared for the brutality and cowardice displayed by the French commander.