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Private Lives (120 minutes)
Originally aired Thursday, November 25, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore Thursday, August 9, 2001, at 9 p.m.

When Superintendent Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) is thrust into an investigation of the disappearance of millionairess Lady Daphne Ellesmere (Kate McKenzie), he penetrates the closed world of Nairobi's "Happy Valley" set to question Daphne's aviatrix sister, Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker; Pride and Prejudice); Daphne's estranged husband, Lord Harry (Tim Woodward); and her suspected lover, Viscount Guy "Boy" Cameron (Daniel Betts). Tyburn soon becomes tangled in a web of murder, arson, and a secret love affair, which holds a surprising fate for his sidekick, Clive Lanyard (James Callis). Meanwhile, Tyburn's own secret is revealed in a romantic moment with Emma.


Hide in Plain Sight
Superintendent Albert Tyburn's (Trevor Eve) investigation of the death of a young African girl at local Christian mission pits him against a killer–and a powerful witch doctor who puts a curse on him. As Tyburn tries to shake off the frightening side effects of tribal wrath, he follows a trail of faked evidence, blackmail, and secret identities, certain it is leading him to something evil–but of what origin? Tyburn's flirtation with spirited aviatrix Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker) takes off.

Episode 1
Originally aired Thursday, December 2, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore Thursday, August 9, 2001, at 9 p.m.

Tyburn is called in to investigate the death of a young native girl–and the abduction of another from a Christian mission in Nairobi. But for Corporal Karinde (Freddie Annobil-Dodoo), the investigation is a family matter: the abducted girl is his cousin, Mary (Memory Santos). Suspecting that the mission is not all it seems to be, Tyburn discovers an unexpected connection between the mission and a foundering coffee plantation nearby.

Episode 2
Thursday, December 2, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore Thursday, August 16, 2001, at 9 p.m

Tyburn (Trevor Eve) investigates the Watcham coffee plantation–run by Avril (Diana Quick; Brideshead Revisited), Matilda (Deborah Findlay), and brother Theodore (Richard McCabe)–and learns that the plantation deals in more than just coffee beans, leading him to expose a series of surprising relationships, secret identities–and an evil enterprise.


The Sport of Kings

When ruthless newspaper baron Max Van der Vuurst (Joss Ackland; Lethal Weapon 2) is exonerated in a local murder case and is later found burned to death in his bed, Superintendent Tyburn (Trevor Eve) has to determine whether the two cases are connected. A gun battle with a band of African marauders and the exposure of a rash of shocking family and financial secrets trigger a final surprise from Van der Vuurst, and drives Tyburn's love affair with Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker) to the brink–literally.

Episode 1
Originally aired Thursday, December 9, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore Thursday, August 23, 2001, at 9 p.m.

Investigating the murder of a local boy who worked for newspaper magnate Max Van der Vuurst (Joss Ackland), Tyburn (Trevor Eve) boldly arrests the tycoon. When Van der Vuurst is exonerated with the help of his dissembling daughter Hilde (Sonya Walger), Tyburn, certain Van der Vuurst is guilty, is all the more determined to bring him to justice.

Episode 2
Originally aired Thursday, December 16, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore Thursday, August 30, 2001, at 9 p.m.

When Max Van der Vuurst (Joss Ackland) is found burned to death in his bed, Superintendent Tyburn's (Trevor Eve) search for the truth leads to a violent shoot-out with a band of African marauders and triggers one last surprise from the dead millionaire–and full-blown romance for Tyburn and Emma (Susannah Harker).


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