SILENT HOURS is the star-studded, darkly sexy noirish thriller mini-series, with a top cast featuring Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) and Indira Varma (Paranoid, Game of Thrones) along with James Weber Brown (Detectorists, Holby City) and Dervla Kirwan (Blackout, Ballykissangel, Goodnight Sweetheart), and will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
The year is 2002, and as three women are found brutally murdered around the shadowy harbour city of Portsmouth, private detective John Duval (James Weber Brown), an ex-lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy and Naval Intelligence, finds himself prime suspect in a police hunt for a sexual killer, stalking his victims in the silent hours.
Passionate affairs, red hot betrayals, wrecked marriages - John Duval has seen it all. Harbouring a shady past, he now turns his attention to digging the dirt, mostly for clients who suspect their wives, or husbands, of screwing around. Clients like Cranthorpe (Hugh Bonneville).
He’s not particularly proud of what he does, but mostly he’s indifferent. As he tells his psychiatrist, Dr. Catherine Benson (Indira Varma): “People pay me to see what they don’t want to see”.
For Duval, snooping is just a job. But for Dr. Benson - an attractive woman herself - the voyeuristic nature of his work may reveal more about his carefully guarded psychology than his cool exterior lets on. He freely admits to enjoying rough sex - consensual of course - but how far is too far?
And what about the murky circumstances surrounding his departure from Navy Intelligence? The inconclusive rape charge and the alleged victim who subsequently disappeared, forcing him to resign from Intelligence just as he was closing in on a profiteering scam? And what of the “blackouts” since the trauma of losing his boat and crew in a torpedo hit during the Falklands War? Surely a near-death experience like that is never far below the surface.
But for now, Duval finds himself having to swim against a different tide, as the brutally disfigured bodies of three women, all implicating him, turn up over 4 nights. As circumstantial evidence piles steadily around him, he finds himself under the increasing suspicion of Detective Inspector Jane Ambrose (Dervla Kirwan). Fast becoming prime suspect in a serial killer hunt, he’ll need to keep one step ahead of everyone to save himself.
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James Weber Brown