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Second Sight, Series 2

photo of Clive OwenBlind Justice Prevails When Second Sight Returns to MYSTERY!

Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (Clive Owen) may be losing his sight, but his sleuthing skills are sharper than ever as he solves a series of three new, two-part cases on Second Sight.

MYSTERY! addicts have already seen how a rare eye disease threatened to end Tanner's career as a brilliant murder investigator. Already troubled by budding alcoholism, divorce, and his failings as a father, Tanner was ready to throw in the towel when his vision started to go.

But he pulled himself together and learned to fake it in a field that prizes the powers of observation above all else. Fortunately, none of his colleagues noticed that behind his penetrating hazel eyes the picture was growing dim.

None, that is, except D.I. Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner). And once she was in on this intimate secret, other intimacies inevitably followed.

But their romance is not for long. Hide and Seek finds Tanner the head of an elite police squad called the Special Murder Unit, with Tully as his deputy. Charged with solving high profile, press sensitive cases, the team is completely stressed out with its first assignment.

It seems police have bungled the two-year-old probe of violinist Vicky Ingham's (Helen Hathorn) murder. The temperamental performer was bludgeoned to death in her apartment; her traumatized young son, Thomas (Tom Felton), found next to the body, was unable to remember events of that night. Thomas is now in the care of Ingham's ex-husband, Gavin Finn (Finbar Lynch), who had a volatile relationship with the victim and blocks Tanner's attempts to question his son. Meanwhile, Vicky's lover, Dr. Faiz Ahmed (Art Malik), is the prime suspect-but he knows there is insufficient evidence against him since the police tipped their hand with a botched bid at entrapment. Tully compounds the problem by confronting Ahmed's wife Elizabeth (Carol Royle) in a new attempt to prove her husband's guilt. Furious, Ahmed threatens Tanner with court action. Tanner accuses Tully of insubordination. End of relationship.

Enter ambitious D.I. Jack Boyd (Mark Bazeley), Tully's replacement, who concludes that his boss is fumbling the case-by ordering the building of an exact replica of the victim's apartment, for one thing. But Tanner's whim soon proves the key to the killer's identity.

Parasomnia pits Tanner against a powerful critic of the police. Lord Bruce Roddam (Michael Kitchen) insists his daughter Kerry Ann (Josephine Butler) is innocent when she wakes up soaked in the blood of her murdered fiancé. A security camera has caught her wandering from her building and returning covered in blood. The physical evidence seems ironclad, but Kerry Ann has no clear motive-and a history of severe sleep disorders. With his vision growing less dependable, Tanner finds it increasingly difficult to hide his condition. His deputy Boyd credits the frequent stumbles to alcohol; Tanner's days as head of the unit seem numbered. Groping for clues in the perplexing case, he ends up literally out on a limb with the sleepwalking prime suspect.

Kingdom of the Blind proves another politically charged minefield for the Special Murder Unit. Black youth leader Ben Harris (Nicholas Pinnock) has been killed in what appears to be a hate crime engineered by neo-Nazi thugs. But the thugs have airtight alibis. During an interview with Harris's girlfriend, Sandra (Zoe Telford), Tanner meets Harold King (Peter Vaughan), the father of Sandra's late husband. Tanner is intrigued by King, a one time local gangster, who is now blind. King has a sixth sense about Tanner's own vision problem and tips him off that Harris was a drug dealer, his murder strictly business. The plot takes an ominous turn when Tanner's son Sam (Benjamin Smith) goes missing and turns up with King. Meanwhile Boyd earns his stripes by tracking down one key player after another. But each new avenue of investigation is a dead end, as if someone is anticipating his every move.

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