The BEST episodes directed by Diarmuid Lawrence

The Killing House
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8.21
135 votes

#1 - The Killing House

Ultimate Force - Season 1 - Episode 1

It's a baptism by fire when new recruits Jamie Dow and Alex Leonard join the SAS's elite fighting force team. Hot on the heels of an explosive hostage-rescue exercise in the regiment's Killing House, Red Troop led by charismatic Sergeant Henno Garvie is called to take command of a bank siege. This time the life or death situation is dramatically and tragically real.

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Episode 1
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7.87
61 votes

#2 - Episode 1

South Riding - Season 1 - Episode 1

South Riding charts the story of Sarah Burton's homecoming to Yorkshire in 1934 after twenty years teaching in London and the Empire. After a fiery interview with a conservative interview panel, outspoken Sarah takes up her first headmistress-ship at Kiplington High School for Girls, determined to demonstrate to her new pupils that the future is theirs for the taking. Change is on her agenda straight away - of the curriculum, of teaching methods, of the rundown buildings. Her hurry to transform the South Riding brings her into immediate conflict with landowner Robert Carne, a man tragically trapped in his past, and wins her the friendship of Joe Astell, a reforming socialist councillor bent on improving the lives of the Yorkshire poor by means of a spanking new housing estate to replace the rural slum known as The Shacks. As term begins, Shacks girl Lydia Holly arrives at the High School, with talent to burn and domestic circumstances that make it almost impossible for her to realise her dreams. Meanwhile, Sarah is brought closer to Carne through his highly-strung and delicate daughter, Midge.

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Hippocratic Oath (2)
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7.76
123 votes

#3 - Hippocratic Oath (2)

Silent Witness - Season 11 - Episode 6

With Nikki recovering from her attack, Harry and Leo continued working on the investigations without her. As they delved deeper, Alice’s surgical team began to show its cracks. Harry discovered that Alice had been forced into operating on a child after drinking, as no other surgeon was available. When the child died, Claire’s boyfriend had tried to blackmail Alice’s father, but he killed him to protect his daughter’s reputation. Harry told Alice, and they raced to confront her father, but trying to protect her still, he shot himself.

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Death's Door (1)
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7.76
131 votes

#4 - Death's Door (1)

Silent Witness - Season 12 - Episode 3

Harry acts as mentor to Holly Farr, a young and eager medical student, who charms him into involving her in his latest case - the post-mortem of a woman found dumped on the side of the road with her face skilfully removed. Nikki is called upon to reconstruct the victim's face, and the team cannot fathom why it would have been removed in such a careful manner until Holly discovers a connection with a dangerous Russian criminal.

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Death's Door (2)
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7.73
132 votes

#5 - Death's Door (2)

Silent Witness - Season 12 - Episode 4

Harry tangles with a Russian oligarch over the murder of a journalist.

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Judgement (2)
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7.66
122 votes

#6 - Judgement (2)

Silent Witness - Season 12 - Episode 8

The death of a second Hasidic boy, Chaim, convinces Harry they are looking for a Jewish killer, but without concrete evidence the police are reluctant to upset an already fragile relationship with the community. When a Hasidic boy, Binyomin, appears to take the law into his own hands, attacking a Polish builder, Toni, Harry makes a shocking discovery that threatens to strain relations even further.

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Wealth Pays The Rent
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7.66
167 votes

#7 - Wealth Pays The Rent

The Body Farm - Season 1 - Episode 2

When the severed hand of a young male is found close to Harold Penton's estate, Hale is convinced that Penton is guilty of rape and murder. A wealthy businessman, Penton is also a recluse and very keen to protect his privacy. His bodyguard, Jimmy West, does his best to prevent Hale from getting too close, insisting, along with Penton's doctor, that he is too ill to be questioned. Eve and the team use forensic evidence to move forward in their investigation and although they make a compelling discovery, they still struggle to prove who is responsible for the young male's death.

Family Ties
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7.62
368 votes

#8 - Family Ties

Crossing Lines - Season 2 - Episode 8

A string of deaths are traced to toxic cocaine in London.

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Judgement (1)
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7.57
127 votes

#9 - Judgement (1)

Silent Witness - Season 12 - Episode 7

When the badly decomposed body of a Hasidic man is discovered on disused wasteland, Harry is tasked to investigate his death, and to treat the community with care. Everything points towards a brutal anti Semitic murder by a polish labourer - but when the time of death contradicts his wife's last sighting, Harry becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, Leo investigates the death of a female Australian backpacker at a house party. The partygoers are saying it is a straightforward drug death, but markings on her body suggest a sexually motivated crime. Leo finds himself being given short shrift by her friends as he tries to piece together the moments leading to her death.

Hippocratic Oath (1)
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7.56
158 votes

#10 - Hippocratic Oath (1)

Silent Witness - Season 11 - Episode 5

When a hearse was involved in a crash and not one, but two bodies were found in the coffin, Harry was tasked with identifying the murdered John Doe. His search took him to a hospital, where Nikki was investigating Alice Huston – a pioneering pediatric surgeon with an unusually high mortality rate. After Harry discovered John Doe was the boyfriend of one of Alice’s nurses, Claire, the whole hospital came under investigation. The team fought hostility and closed ranks, until Nikki got a call from Claire – she had something she needed to tell her. When Nikki found Claire, she was dead, and then Nikki herself was met with a blow to the head.

The First Killings
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7.50
60 votes

#11 - The First Killings

Messiah - Season 1 - Episode 1

DCI Red Metcalfe investigates a brutal series of murders. Each death, vile in execution, is different from the last, but the murderer leaves an unmistakable calling card, cutting out the victim's tongue and replacing it with a silver spoon.

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The Final Reckoning
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7.50
60 votes

#12 - The Final Reckoning

Messiah - Season 1 - Episode 2

As the killings continue, a pattern emerges: each victim shares his name and occupation and type of death with one of the twelve disciples. DCI Red Metcalfe and his team try to catch the killer before he can complete his grisly quest.

Episode 3
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7.48
62 votes

#13 - Episode 3

South Riding - Season 1 - Episode 3

After a highly charged encounter in a Manchester hotel, Sarah and Carne return to the South Riding more at odds with each other than ever, as Andrew Davies's adaptation of Winifred Holtby's rich and panoramic portrait of a Yorkshire community in the Thirties concludes. Sarah, humiliated that Carne is avoiding her, distracts herself with work, her priority being to find a way to get Lydia Holly back to school and away from a future of domestic drudgery looking after her father and younger siblings.

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Episode 2
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7.27
92 votes

#14 - Episode 2

South Riding - Season 1 - Episode 2

Sarah’s ambitions for her school find their focus in Lydia Holly, the gifted oldest child of a labourer and his wife who live with six children in the nearby shanty town.

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No Peace For The Wicked
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6.84
319 votes

#15 - No Peace For The Wicked

The Body Farm - Season 1 - Episode 1

Human remains are found splattered over the walls of a flat in in a derelict tower block. DI Craig Hale asks Dr Eve Lockhart and the Body Farm for help. The forensic scientists discover that a blast was responsible for destroying two bodies.

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Episode 1
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5.75
62 votes

#16 - Episode 1

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Season 1 - Episode 1

Opium addict and choirmaster John Jasper has vivid dreams of killing his beloved nephew Edwin Drood and stealing his fiancée Rosa. When two exotic strangers arrive in town, Jasper's dark desires take shape and his life will never be the same again.

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Episode 2
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5.73
62 votes

#17 - Episode 2

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Season 1 - Episode 2

With Edwin Drood feared dead, Jasper tries desperately to remember events of the night before. He pursues Rosa with an intensity that pushes him to the edge of sanity, while a trail of evidence points ominously to the cathedral crypt.

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