9:15pm – Saturday, March 13 on ABC1
Caroline Quentin reprises her lead role as DCI Janine Lewis, a single mother of four children who juggles the demands of family life with her high-profile job as chief detective in a new series of Blue Murder.
In episode one, Not A Matter of Life and Death, Janine and the team are out on a rare Friday night celebrating a good result in court. After a call from her young family, Janine leaves the pub early and runs straight into the fallout from a stabbing in a nearby bar. The attack has left a young, black man lying dead in a city centre alleyway. He is identified by his wallet as Dwayne Kent.
At first it seems like a random racist attack, and with a crime scene contaminated by drunken weekend revellers, it’s the most difficult of crimes to investigate. Janine discovers that Dwayne Kent, out celebrating his nineteenth birthday on the night he was killed, had been a promising youth-team footballer only months away from joining a Premiership club.
Although Dwayne seemed to be an ordinary kid from a stable family with two loving parents, two doting brothers (Caleb and Lee) and a steady girlfriend (Debbie), other secrets begin to emerge upon further investigation. A sexy young blonde, Kelly, arrives on the doorstep looking for Dwayne insisting that she is his girlfriend, and reveals that Dwayne also had a swish city centre apartment which none the family seemed to have known about.
At Dwayne’s club, manager Dave Stone says that in the previously close-knit young team rifts had begun to develop between players. Could this be a grudge killing from one of Dwayne’s team-mates, jealous of his imminent rise to Beckham status? Or is there more to this murder than meets the eye.