The BEST episodes written by Robert Murphy

Episode 6
397 votes

#1 - Episode 6

Shetland - Season 3 - Episode 6

As the investigation reaches its final stages, Detective Inspector Perez and his team discover the person responsible for the deaths of Robbie Morton and Michael Thompson is closer to home than any of them thought.

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Cold is the Grave (2)
225 votes

#2 - Cold is the Grave (2)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 6

Emily Rydell has apparently been brutally beaten to death and DCI Banks quickly ends up being in the middle of a murder investigation with many suspects. After a surveillance operation establishes a link between the murder of Charles McKay and Brian Clough, Banks and Annie soon work out that the two cases have to be connected.

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Episode 4
34 votes

#3 - Episode 4

Cape Wrath (Meadowlands) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Bernard is closing in on Danny regarding the truth about Jack's whereabouts. When Mark moved in he constantly played "Peeping Tom" with Brenda and things heat up between the duo. Evelyn's future comes into question when she learns a truth that also concerns her past.

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Cold is the Grave (1)
262 votes

#4 - Cold is the Grave (1)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 5

An armed robbery ends up taking a much darker twist after the culprit is brutally murdered in his own home. Before DCI Banks can start to unravel the case, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, makes a personal plea for Banks to look for his missing teenage daughter. Some naked photographs found on the Internet by Rydell’s wife, Rosalind, makes it look like that she could be in London. Banks reluctantly agrees to help and manages to track Emily down to the home of a drug dealer. Emily refuses to come back home with him but changes her mind. Annie, who has been leading the investigation into the robber’s murder whilst Banks has been away, thinks that the robbery could have been staged, but the victim’s accomplice refuses to talk. After Emily contacts Banks and suggests that she has seen one of Clough’s associates in Leeds, Banks wants her to tell him everything she knows about Clough. Emily refuses to tell Banks anything though. After a battered body is found in an Eastvale nightclub, Banks is shocked to discover that the victim has been identified as Ruth Walker, somebody Emily knew whilst in London. After the true identity of the victim is revealed though, both Banks and Annie find themselves involved in a conspiracy which has changed both investigations hugely.

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Friend of the Devil (2)
219 votes

#5 - Friend of the Devil (2)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 4

DC Templeton's body is discovered, and Annie becomes convinced that the murder is connected to that of Lucy Payne. The suspect in the Daniels murder case is cleared, so DCI Banks must establish how the real murderer was able to avoid detection.

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Friend of the Devil (1)
287 votes

#6 - Friend of the Devil (1)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 3

DCI Banks assigns DS Cabbot as SIO when the mutilated body of a woman is found on the Yorkshire Moors, while he investigates the murder of a teenaged girl whose body has been found in a storage room. Annie discovers that her victim was Lucy Payne.

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Broken Promise
408 votes

#7 - Broken Promise

Vera - Season 7 - Episode 3

Vera is called to Northumberland University when a student plummets to his death from the top of a disused faculty building.

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Episode 5
409 votes

#8 - Episode 5

Shetland - Season 3 - Episode 5

Perez struggles to deal with what has happened to Tosh as he continues to investigate the murders of Robbie Morton and Michael Thompson, but a shocking discovery finally leads him to the identity of who Thompson was going to testify against.

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Playing with Fire (2)
357 votes

#9 - Playing with Fire (2)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 2

After Tom McMahon becomes the third victim following some suspicious fires, Alan realises that he is now attempting to catch a serial killer. His superiors warn him to keep his distance from the Aspern family who are trying to lodge an official complaint against him. Banks is determined to locate the ringleader of the art forgery scam which links two of the victims. Annie continues to see Mark Keane, despite Banks’ warnings. After Banks finally discovers the true identity of ‘Morrison’, he quickly realises that Annie could be in real danger.

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Episode 3
427 votes

#10 - Episode 3

Shetland - Season 3 - Episode 3

The murder investigation takes Perez and Tosh to Glasgow as they try to uncover the reasons behind Maguire's brutal death and his connection to Robbie Morton. But old ghosts return to haunt Perez as his enemies try to prevent him from getting to the truth.

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Episode 4
402 votes

#11 - Episode 4

Shetland - Season 3 - Episode 4

Perez and his team are determined to track down the person who helped Michael Thompson's killer on Shetland. But the closer the team get to the truth in both Shetland and Glasgow, the more dangerous it becomes for all of them.

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Clouds Across the Moon
120 votes

#12 - Clouds Across the Moon

McDonald & Dodds - Season 3 - Episode 4

On the dawn of All Soul’s Day, the body of a successful Bath businessman is found in a shallow grave in the shadow of the Glastonbury Tor.

140 votes

#13 - Belvedere

McDonald & Dodds - Season 3 - Episode 1

When a young woman dies in a busy park in broad daylight, McDonald and Dodds are called in to untangle the mysterious circumstances of her death. Who is she? How did she die surrounded by witnesses? And how is it possible that she is smiling? All roads seem to lead to Professor George Gillan (Alan Davies), a linguistic anthropologist who lives in a rambling mansion with his eccentric mother, Agnes (Sian Phillips), whose 100th birthday is days away. DS Dodds is sure that the house has something to do with the murder, but in uncovering Belvedere’s history, Dodds also unearths secrets in his own past.

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We Need to Talk About Doreen
147 votes

#14 - We Need to Talk About Doreen

McDonald & Dodds - Season 2 - Episode 2

A girls' weekend away takes a sinister turn, when each one of them becomes a murder suspect.

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A Wilderness of Mirrors
201 votes

#15 - A Wilderness of Mirrors

McDonald & Dodds - Season 1 - Episode 2

DCI McDonald and DS Sergeant Dodds are called to a private clinic to investigate the death of a wealthy patient, but find themselves thrown into a world of smoke and mirrors.

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Episode 2
434 votes

#16 - Episode 2

Shetland - Season 3 - Episode 2

DI Jimmy Perez is convinced that Michael Maguire is somehow implicated in the death of Robbie Morton. But with the investigation seemingly under threat before it's even started, he faces an uphill battle to uncover the truth behind Maguire's silence.

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The Fall of the House of Crockett
234 votes

#17 - The Fall of the House of Crockett

McDonald & Dodds - Season 1 - Episode 1

When a man is shot in the deserted mansion of one of Bath's most prominent industrialists, newly arrived DCI McDonald and DS Dodds unravel a tangled web of lies.

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Playing with Fire (1)
424 votes

#18 - Playing with Fire (1)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the first episode, DCI Alan Banks is taken to a canal where there has been a fatal fire. The crime is far from straightforward, and as another body is discovered the motive, as well as the intended victim, become increasingly unclear. However, the discovery of what appears to be a Turner landscape suggests that at least one of the victims was involved in an art forgery scam.

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The Man Who Wasn't There
173 votes

#19 - The Man Who Wasn't There

McDonald & Dodds - Season 2 - Episode 1

Five friends take a hot-air balloon trip but only four come back down alive, leaving McDonald and Dodds to untangle a complex web of lies spanning 30 years.

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Strip Jack
54 votes

#20 - Strip Jack

Rebus - Season 3 - Episode 3

A charity campaigner is caught with a prostitute during a raid on a brothel. Rebus heads a double murder enquiry when the man's wife and another woman are found dead in connected incidents.

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Episode 2
31 votes

#21 - Episode 2

Cape Wrath (Meadowlands) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Mark experiments with cross-dressing and is brutally attacked. Danny must keep his anger in check. Someone arrives in Meadowlands who seems to know Danny and his true past.

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Episode 6
30 votes

#22 - Episode 6

Cape Wrath (Meadowlands) - Season 1 - Episode 6

Danny searches for the truth about Meadowlands. Meanwhile, Samantha visits her father who is dying, while there she learns historical information about Meadowlands. Abigail, Evelyn and Dr. York encounter a twist to their romantic triangle.

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Episode 8
33 votes

#23 - Episode 8

Cape Wrath (Meadowlands) - Season 1 - Episode 8

Danny's true relationship to Zoe and Mark is revealed. Meanwhile, Meadowland's location is revealed and Danny, assisted by an unlikely ally, plots an escape from Meadowlands.

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Episode 1
38 votes

#24 - Episode 1

Cape Wrath (Meadowlands) - Season 1 - Episode 1

We meet the Brogans as they move into their new neighborhood of Meadowlands. Jack Donnelly is a handyman for the neighborhood and Dr. York is a general practitioner. Both gentlemen have secrets of their own.

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