Murderland (2009)


Murderland (TV Series 2009–2009)

A thriller that tells a traumatic murder story through the eyes of three central characters: Carrie the daughter of the murdered woman, Douglas Hain the detective in charge of the investigation, and Sally the murder victim.
IMDb   6.5 /10
TheMovieDb    6.8 /10
Creator Catherine Morshead
Creator David Pirie
Release Date2009-10-19
Runtime2h 18min
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyTouchpaper Television, ITV Productions
Douglas Hainas Douglas Hain
Carol Walshas Carol Walsh
Carrie Walshas Carrie Walsh
Dr. Laura Maitlandas Dr. Laura Maitland
Rachelas Rachel
Oliveras Oliver
Sallyas Sally
Whitakeras Whitaker
Jessas Jess
Crawfordas Crawford
Steve Tobiasas Steve Tobias
Willas Will
D C Hartas D C Hart
Connor Mackieas Connor Mackie
Ed Croomas Ed Croom
Kali Connery
Kali Connery
Young McGrathas Young McGrath
Endy McKay
Endy McKay
Receptionistas Receptionist
Andrew McGrathas Andrew McGrath


Murderland is a three-part British television series created by David Pirie and directed by Catherine Morshead. The series also marks a return to ITV for Robbie Coltrane. The series was filmed in June 2009 and the first episode was transmitted on Monday, 19 October 2009.

Plot summary

Murderland poses the question of tragedy and curiosity - can one move on from horrible and unexplained events that one experiences as a child, and grow up to make a new life? Or will peace come only once the truth is known?

Murderland tells of the mystery surrounding a traumatic murder, as seen from the perspective of the three primary characters. Carrie, the daughter of the murdered woman, Douglas Hain, the detective in charge of the investigation, and Sally the murder victim all have their story to tell.

Haunted by her mother's murder when she was a child, Carrie seeks to uncover the truth so that she can move on with her life. As the investigation unfolds, Carrie's yearning to discover who murdered her mother grows more intense, bringing her closer to the detective working the case.


  • DI Douglas Hain - Robbie Coltrane
  • Carrie - Bel Powley
  • Carol - Amanda Hale
  • Sally - Lucy Cohu
  • Dr. Laura Maitland - Sharon Small
  • Oliver - Nicolas Gleaves
  • Whitaker - Andrew Tiernan
  • Crawford - Guy Henry
  • Tony Philips - David Westhead


Ep. #TitleWriterDirectorAirdateRatings (m)
1"Carrie's Story"David PirieCatherine Morshead19 October 20097.32
One night in 1994 Carrie comes home from a party to find her mother Sally, a prostitute, had been murdered. Carrie sees a man's shadow on the wall and, whilst phoning the police, observed a man with a blood-stained hand. She is keen to help D.I. Hain in his investigation, though the crime goes unsolved. Fifteen years later, Carrie, now known as Carol, is about to get married. She goes to visit Hain to help put the tragedy of her mother's murder behind her.
2"Hain's Story"David PirieCatherine Morshead26 October 20096.61
Hain explains to Carol his own position fifteen years earlier and how he was dropped from the case because he was a client of Sally, whom he loved. Hain used Cleo's, the massage parlour where Sally worked, to gain information from her former colleagues. He suspected another policeman, Oliver, of having shady dealings with Tony Phillips, the man behind Cleo's. Hain was subsequently given early retirement. Carol decides to go under cover herself at the massage parlour to see if she can find answers.
3"Carol's Story"David PirieCatherine Morshead2 November 20096.56
Hain and Carol continue to dig into the past, despite death threats. Carol registers at the massage parlour as Angel and forces Whittaker, a regular client, to admit he took photographs for a pædophile ring. Carol tracks down another victim, Andrew, who identifies Rachel as a procuress for the group. Rachel names Phillips and Oliver as its ring-leaders and admits she saw the murderer of Sally but was forced to keep quiet at the time.

Home media

The complete series of Murderland was released on DVD on 1 February 2010.