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The Seed of Cunning 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 31 March 2005
Lynley and Havers investigate the beating death of a doorkeeper at Parliament.


Jeremy Silberston


Elizabeth George (characters), Mark Greig



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Pearse James Pearse ... Eric Ramsey
Sophie Bould Sophie Bould ... Penny
Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ... Digicam Man
Paul Hickey ... Lafferty
Nathaniel Parker ... Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
Sharon Small ... Sergeant Barbara Havers
Janet Dale Janet Dale ... Marie Ramsey
David Mallinson ... Peter Bellamy
Tony Haygarth ... Bob Tamworth
John Standing ... Black Rod
Richard Henders ... Tim Sadler
Clive Merrison ... Geoffrey Cramond
Roger Allam ... Simon Featherstonehaugh
Claudie Blakley ... Laetitia Gane
Gawn Grainger ... David Thompson


When the body of a doorkeeper in the House of Lords is found floating in the Thames, Lynley gets a chance to reunite with an old school mate, who heads a powerful committee deciding what missile defense system to buy. Havers, impressed with the setting, spends her nights meeting men through a dating service. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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31 March 2005 (UK) See more »

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Let not the cross bind you to sin.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: What is that, the Bible?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Experience.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Lynley investigates at the House of Lords
7 September 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Nathanial Parker and Sharon Small star in a fourth season episode of the Inspector Lynley series, "The Seed of Cunning," from 2005. After a doorkeeper is found floating in the Thames with his hands tied behind his back, DI Lynley and partner Havers start questioning people. Turns out the victim had problems with gambling, but before any conclusion can be drawn, there's another murder.

Suspects abound here, and the problem eventually centers around a committee due to make a determination about missile defense to buy, the American or the European, and an old school chum of Lynley's is head of the committee.

As usual, the detectives' personal situations mix with the professional. I've watched these out of order, so imagine my surprise when I found out that at this point, Lynley has married Helen (I always thought he could do better) but they are separated and he can't find her. Havers is meeting men through a dating service.

Very good episode in a wonderful series. A hunky leading man always helps, but the scripts truly are good.

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