The BEST episodes of Messiah

Every episode of Messiah ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Messiah!

Critically acclaimed Ken Stott (The Vice, The Singing Detective) stars as Detective Chief Inspector Red Metcalfe, a brilliant detective who once turned in his own brother for murder. Ten years later, Red has earned a reputation for his impressive ability to get into the minds of killers, but two disturbing murders on the same day spark the most baffling and damaging case of his career. Both killings bear the murderer's trademark–as do the grisly deaths that follow–the victim's tongue is cut out and a silver spoon is inserted in their mouth. As the killings mount up, Red is taunted by the fact that he can find no motive, no pattern–nothing to connect the victims apart from the killer's grisly trademark.

Last Updated: 2/1/2023Network:BBC One
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The First Killings
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7.50
60 votes

#1 - The First Killings

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/26/2001

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

#2 - The Final Reckoning

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/27/2001

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.

Vengeance Is Mine (1)
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7.00
30 votes

#3 - Vengeance Is Mine (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/24/2002

A man is buried alive, left in the dark for hours, struggling for air. The killer has deliberately prolonged the victim's agony. With this first killing, Red Metcalfe is plunged into unravelling the psyche of a serial killer with vengeance in mind.

Directors: David Richards
Vengeance Is Mine (2)
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7.00
30 votes

#4 - Vengeance Is Mine (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/25/2002

As the guilty and the innocent are slaughtered without mercy, uncomfortable truths come home to roost for the officers in Red's team. He must sift the lies from the untruths whilst the killer metes out a terrible kind of justice.

Directors: David Richards
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The Rapture (1)
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6.10
30 votes

#5 - The Rapture (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/20/2008

Joseph Walker is haunted by a past of violence, passion and betrayal, which threatens his ability to hunt down a killer with a terrifying message for the world. But are Joseph and his new squad just tracking a criminal or are they themselves part of The Plan? Their lives are complex, messy and connected by an illicit love affair that involves CPS lawyer, Sarah Templar. Are they being judged by the killer, or are they just judging each other?

Directors: Harry Bradbeer
Writer: Oliver Brown
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The Rapture (2)
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6.00
30 votes

#6 - The Rapture (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/21/2008

Joseph Walker has now deciphered the killer's crazy message. But Joseph is becoming more deeply embroiled in a past which seems to resonate with the killer's terrifying mission. Mel gets in deep with Joseph's main suspect, as Terry is forced to lie to the woman he secretly loves. Meanwhile, The Rapture approaches.

Directors: Harry Bradbeer
Writer: Oliver Brown
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The Promise (1)
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6.00
30 votes

#7 - The Promise (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/30/2004

When a prison riot erupts into violence, Red ends up face to face with the ring leader, a man who once held him hostage and nearly drove him mad. Injured prisoners are moved to a crumbling, overstretched hospital. But a killer is amongst them, preying on their weaknesses. As the vicious murders spiral out of control, can Red and his team put aside their own emotional torment and find a method in his madness

Directors: David Drury
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The Promise (2)
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#8 - The Promise (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/31/2004

The killer is still on the loose and Red's investigation is in crisis. The London hospital is no longer a place of safety; it has become a graveyard of pain. The killer seems to be taunting Red. Kate is plagued by horrific images she doesn't understand, as one by one the chief suspects are found dead. In a terrifying conclusion, Red sets himself up as the killer's final victim.

Directors: David Drury
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The Harrowing (1)
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#9 - The Harrowing (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/28/2005

Locked in a car, abandoned on a massive rubbish dump and left to die in terrible circumstances, 20-year-old student Catherine McArdle's fate foreshadows an epic trail of death leading DCI Red Metcalfe through the darkest recesses of this serial killer's mind.Red Metcalfe and Duncan Warren are joined by DS Vickie Clarke and pathologist Rachel Price in a race to get ahead of a killer whose motives and methods seem beyond understanding.

Directors: Paul Unwin
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The Harrowing (2)
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#10 - The Harrowing (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/29/2005

A young student stung to death by bees, a dying woman overdosed on morphine, two female lovers hooked together like meat. As the terror mounts, Red Metcalfe and his team race to get ahead of a killer whose motives seem beyond reason.

Directors: Paul Unwin
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The Harrowing (3)
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#11 - The Harrowing (3)

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/30/2005

Red's sanity is stretched to the limit as Professor Robb helps him understand what lies behind the appalling suffering the killer is inflicting on the victims.

Directors: Paul Unwin
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