Episode 1 Strike


Episode 1

Drama series. A dismembered leg sent to Strike's office sends both his and Robin's lives into disarray, forcing them to confront spectres from their pasts.


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This programme contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting and very strong language

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POP MUSIC PLAYS

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Before you say anything, it's like a family heirloom

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and it still drives really well.

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I can't see Matthew driving to work in this.

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I know. He's desperate for an Audi.

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Did you ever have a pony?

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Why?

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This feels like a Land Rover that's done a lot of gymkhanas.

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You're sure you don't want me to come?

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The client's asked to see me alone.

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Thanks for the ride.

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Sorry I'm late - work.

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Oh, does he keep you out late every night?

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Thanks. Er, we're just busy at the moment.

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-Are you still just temping?

-No, I've gone full-time.

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She's paid less than when she was there on agency fees!

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Well, money's not everything.

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He's a bit beaten-up looking.

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But then that looks good on some men, doesn't it? Looking a bit used.

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Well, most of us chaps are a bit second-hand at this point.

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I think a second leg might be higher up Cormoran's list.

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Is it still just the two of you in the office?

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Oh, well, he's out most of the time.

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So, Sarah, how's your work going?

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AUTOMATED VOICE: Doors opening.

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Doors closing.

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Hello?

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# You and me

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# Me and you

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# Somehow we make it through

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# I may be gone

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# I may be far away

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# But I walk beside you

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# Every step of the way

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# When you're used, bruised

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# Black and blue Don't think about it

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# Never doubt it

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# I'll walk beside you. #

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BANGING ON DOOR

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Oh, hello, Cormoran Strike.

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Oh, Ellacott, that's me.

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Hiya.

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Any post?

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Bills, mostly.

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Have you, er, picked up your e-mail? There's a new client request.

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Thinks his girlfriend's cheating.

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Can we fit him in?

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-Oh, I'm not sure we've got time.

-Thanks.

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She's a LSE student and a part-time stripper on Tottenham Court Road.

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I suppose it depends how often she's cheating.

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I'll call him now and give him our rates.

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-PHONE RINGS

-Cormoran Strike's office.

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-Robin speaking.

-This is Cormoran Strike, you sent us an e-mail enquiry?

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Ah, hello, yes, thank you very much for calling back.

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So we really like the salmon for starter and then the beef for main,

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but we thought maybe risotto was a little bit boring for vegetarian?

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Where's she working now?

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Well, there's ten in total but three are vegan and one's paleo-vegan.

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Er, yeah, no, I'll put my team onto it.

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I suppose we could do with and without cheese?

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And what's her name?

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PHONE CLATTERS TO THE FLOOR

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Er, can I call you back?

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Cheers.

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Robin?

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-You OK?

-I'm fine.

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We'll get back to you.

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Yeah.

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We've been sent a leg.

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-A leg?

-It's not even in my size.

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All right, I'm on my way.

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Cup of tea? Something stronger? I've got beer.

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Tea sounds good.

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I'll put the kettle on.

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Don't touch it.

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Why would I touch it?

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You've gone white.

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Whose leg did you think it was?

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I don't know.

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Well, you mightn't know but something occurred to you.

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What were you thinking?

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There was a scar, an old scar, I'd say the leg belongs to

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somebody in their teens, maybe their early twenties.

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And I'd seen scarring like that before.

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It might be a girl called Brittany Brockbank.

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Her father was Major Niall Brockbank.

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He had a reputation for cruelty.

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Brittany told a school friend that Brockbank was having sex with her

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and she was worried she might get pregnant.

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Her friend's dad told SIB, so I was there as the investigating officer

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when she was interviewed - the poor thing denied everything, of course.

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She must have been terrified.

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Brockbank had threatened to cut her legs off if anyone found out.

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The scars were his idea of a warning.

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I made it up. It were a joke.

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Has your dad ever threatened to hurt you?

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Daddy wouldn't do that.

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I didn't mean any of it.

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If you want to tell me anything, Brittany, you can.

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-What happened to him?

-No charges brought.

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But he still has good reason to hate me.

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-He thinks I injured him.

-Did you?

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His arrest went badly.

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The only other man who's sick enough and hates me enough to send me

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a leg is a Scot called Donald Laing.

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He used to write me threatening letters,

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-they'll be on file somewhere.

-I'll get cracking.

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No, we're just arriving. Forensics are here.

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A fucking leg?

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What about the bike?

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It was a Black Honda. Big. 600cc at least.

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The courier was in black leathers. His helmet had a dark visor

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and he kept it down.

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He looked big but the jacket could have just padded him out.

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Not a fat bastard, like the boss?

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-And you signed for it?

-Yeah.

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Oh, it was addressed to me.

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-Could just be them demonstrating they've done their homework.

-Any ideas?

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I think there's something underneath it.

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It could be a note.

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"A harvest of limbs, of arms and of legs, the toes that crawl...

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"The knees that jerk, the necks like swans that seem to turn,

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"As if inclined to gasp or pray."

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Last verse of Mistress Of The Salmon Salt by Blue Oyster Cult.

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-You're a fan?

-They were my mum's favourite band.

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She had that particular song title...

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..tattooed.

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-And where's your mum today?

-Whitechapel cemetery.

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Her second husband killed her.

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Never went down for it, though.

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Jeff Whittaker.

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-Who'd you reckon left that one, then?

-It's probably Uncle Ted.

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That's an Erica carnea,

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or it was before winter in Whitechapel.

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He grows 'em.

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I dunno what those are.

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Garage had 'em on sale.

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How's the stump, then?

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It's not like an old relative.

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You don't have to ask after it.

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Top girl, your mum.

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Thanks.

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Sorry.

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So...it was addressed to you?

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Hm. But meant for Strike, obviously.

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A severed woman's leg was sent to you, and for what?

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Slightly less than the minimum wage?

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Would it be all right if I was on 100 grand?

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How many share options make a girl's severed limb worth me dealing with?

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I've got work to do.

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You up for killing Whittaker yet?

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Still a "no" from me.

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I need you to find him, though.

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That's why I wanted to see you.

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I received a severed leg in this morning's post,

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with some Blue Oyster Cult lyrics.

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He holds grudges.

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This feels like him.

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The police are looking but they won't find him.

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No, he's probably squatting somewhere.

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He'll be in some shitty band an' all.

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It was addressed to my partner.

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-Pretty girl.

-Exactly.

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So, work fast.

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ROBIN WHIMPERS IN HER SLEEP

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Hey...Rob.

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WHIMPERING CONTINUES

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Rob, Rob, Rob?

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Jesus! That sound you were making!

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What sound?

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You were doing what you used to do.

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Look, we're getting married.

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And seeing you in this state...

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..it's not good for you and you know that.

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I'm fine.

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Honestly.

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I'm sure Strike's delighted.

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What are you talking about?

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Well, he's going to make a pass at you at some point.

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And you just getting worked up into this state it, like, gives...

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He won't. And I'd be perfectly capable of shoving him off.

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Of course you would.

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Oh, Jesus! What is wrong with you?

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You're so naive!

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He...he is my colleague and friend, like Sarah is your friend

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and it's not like the two of you have ever...

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Have you?

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Oh, you have.

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-You've slept with her.

-No.

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-This is ridiculous.

-When?

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Can we both just put down our boxing gloves and...

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Don't lie to me, Matthew. I saw it in your face.

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I saw it.

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You can't take it back.

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-Are you having an affair?

-No.

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100%, no. I promise.

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Tell me, it...

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Tell me it wasn't then.

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Oh.

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Robs, please, I haven't even...

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SHE SOBS

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SHE WAILS

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Rob, I've messed up.

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I've messed up.

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-AUTOMATED VOICE:

-Message deleted. Next new message.

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I've been trying to get hold of you. Call me back, will you?

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Message deleted.

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Next new message.

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Why aren't you picking?

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Message deleted. Next new message.

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Robin, please...

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Message deleted. Next new message.

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-Ellacott, call me AS...

-Message deleted.

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PHONE RINGS

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Hi, I'm here.

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Yeah, I was still following that stripper.

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We were sent a severed leg yesterday!

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He even spelt your name with two T's,

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so keep your phone on and pick the damn thing up when I call!

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Yeah, I'll try.

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Meet me in the office at five.

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Can I have another?

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PHONE RINGS

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MUSIC: If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues

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It's ten past six.

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Are you all right?

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Erm, Cormoran, I'm just... I'm not sure I'm up to this today.

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What are you doing?

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-Nothing.

-Are you alone?

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I'm waiting for someone.

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-Can I wait with you?

-No, you can't.

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Right, what's going on with you?

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How did you know I was here?

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I'm a detective.

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I could hear The Pogues playing when I called you.

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They always play in here.

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What do you need?

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I don't need anything. What's going on?

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Nothing.

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Don't give me that.

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I've never seen you look so bad. SHE SNORTS

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Morale duly boosted...

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Where's your engagement ring?

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Put two and two together. You're the detective.

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Matthew cheated on me.

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Oh. Right.

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What a moron.

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It was a long time ago,

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but it was with one of the most annoying women I know.

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-Is she still around?

-Yep.

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We had dinner with her the other night.

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SHE SNIFFS

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They started just after I left uni.

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I'm surprised he'd admit to it now.

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He didn't, I just... I just knew.

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He looked ashamed of himself, because of...

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..because of...when...

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I dropped out of uni...

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..because something happened to me,

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and afterwards, I had problems.

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I was coming back from a friend's halls.

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It wasn't even late.

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Apparently, he'd tried to attack someone else

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and there'd been a warning about him on the news...

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I played dead and he ran.

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That's how I survived.

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He was wearing a rubber gorilla mask

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but he had this white patch of skin behind his ear.

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My evidence got him put away.

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Rape and attempted murder.

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It was 20 bad minutes out of a whole life and I am still the same person.

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I know that. That's just a horrible thing to have happened to you.

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Afterwards I... I couldn't leave my room.

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I had to go home to Mum and Dad, that's when...

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..Matthew and Sarah.

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Well, I'll see you in the morning.

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-Where are you staying?

-Oh...

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Everyone I know in London is Matthew's friend.

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Erm, I'll get a youth hostel or a YMCA.

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-Do they still have those?

-I'll take you somewhere proper.

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I'm totally skint.

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Well, that's probably my fault.

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I'll pay.

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We'll call it a wedding-cancellation present.

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Where is it, then?

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Wow.

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This is really nice.

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I do your books, remember.

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I know you can't afford this.

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Checkout's at 11. Keep this door locked.

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And stay away from the mini-bar.

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POUNDING MUSIC PLAYS

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You got sent a leg. Any idea who it's from?

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PHONE RINGS

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Mate, it's nearly midnight.

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-Who leaked it?

-I have no idea.

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The press are outside my door.

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It's not good for my business, being sent limbs in the post.

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I'm sure you appreciate that.

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You know how it is.

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Whoever sent me that leg also knows how it is.

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So let's not play their game, shall we?

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Listen, how am I su...

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What you got?

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Body of a young girl, hands and legs sawn off.

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Caucasian, maybe aged around 16.

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A cleaner found her.

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Anything found on the scene apart from the body?

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There's a phone but no bag or wallet or anything.

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Nothing to ID her. Phone's gone to forensics.

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-How about CCTV?

-The camera in the lobby.

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We're doing the tapes. Might get lucky.

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Right.

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REPORTERS CLAMOUR

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-Hello.

-Oh... Hi...

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There's a scrum of parasites on my doorstep.

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I need to find this guy before we're put out of business.

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SHE VOMITS

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I know it's a Saturday but this can't wait.

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Did you just throw up?

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Oh.

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I promise, I'm fine to work.

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Never doubted you.

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Have 'em send you up a bacon sandwich.

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Oh, don't talk about food.

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-Have you got a pen.

-Er, yeah.

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I'm giving you Nick and Ilsa's address.

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It's 80 Octavia Street.

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Oh, by the way, careful exiting the hotel.

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We were followed last night.

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Right, what's the address?

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MACHINE WHIRS

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Sorry.

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I'm down to two clients overnight.

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The rest have run screaming to the hills.

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Well, a severed leg on the front pages will do that.

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Business'll pick up again.

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If this guy wanted to kill me, it's not difficult.

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I'm a big enough target...

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That reminds me, we should talk about your cholesterol.

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The leg, the Blue Oyster Cult lyrics,

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that's someone going to a lot of effort to get inside my head.

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And butchering someone to use as a prop.

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It's Robin, isn't it? That's who you're worried about.

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Robin has, and I quote her verbatim,

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"A certificate for a three-day self-defence course."

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I like Robin.

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Well, so do I. I just don't need to add her to the dead

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and maimed women I carry around in my head.

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And this is the same night, about 18 minutes earlier.

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Yeah.

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You'll have to bring him in.

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PHONE RINGS

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That's right.

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Talk to you later.

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-Coffee?

-Ah, yes, please.

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I feel awful.

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That's because you drank every bottle of wine in London.

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Radford called me on the way here.

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Cancelled his job with us.

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Just one client now.

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-He says he's really sorry but, oh, just, exposure and...

-No...

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..I get it.

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I've got an old address for Brockbank's sister, Holly,

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-somewhere... Barrow-in-Furness.

-Mm-hm.

0:29:410:29:45

It's the only solid lead we've got

0:29:450:29:46

and business isn't exactly thriving, so I thought I'd start there.

0:29:460:29:50

Great, well, I'll come with you.

0:29:500:29:52

You would be more use in the office.

0:29:520:29:55

I can do the research work from anywhere.

0:29:550:29:57

And I've got the Land Rover and you can't drive,

0:29:570:30:00

which will save us time and money

0:30:000:30:02

and I need this case solved before we go bust and I lose my job.

0:30:020:30:05

And if you're worried about my safety,

0:30:050:30:07

I'll be better off out of London, won't I?

0:30:070:30:10

-What will Matthew think?

-Matthew can shove his thoughts up his own arse.

0:30:100:30:14

-Robin, please...

-Don't touch me.

0:30:320:30:34

-All set?

-Oggy had to nip off to see the police.

-Oh.

0:31:090:31:13

Do you fancy some lunch?

0:31:130:31:15

A glass of water would be great.

0:31:150:31:17

Have you been in Whitechapel recently?

0:31:190:31:22

-Yes.

-What took you there?

0:31:220:31:23

-A client.

-Who was the client?

0:31:230:31:25

We never ended up meeting.

0:31:250:31:27

-His name was Valley, I think.

-Where did you meet?

0:31:270:31:31

-We didn't meet.

-Where did you try to meet?

0:31:310:31:33

It was a short-let office building.

0:31:330:31:37

I can find you the address.

0:31:370:31:38

We've just found a young woman's body in a building in Whitechapel High Street.

0:31:380:31:42

Both legs removed. There was a phone at the scene, with her prints on it.

0:31:420:31:46

Forensics got it unlocked for us.

0:31:460:31:49

Right. What did you find?

0:31:490:31:52

We found it was you that invited her there.

0:31:520:31:54

Hi, it's Cormoran Strike, I'm here.

0:31:580:32:00

You're....not.

0:32:020:32:05

Invented this at med school.

0:32:100:32:12

Vitamins, anti-inflammatories

0:32:120:32:15

and a raw egg prove you're the hardest bastard in the room.

0:32:150:32:20

-Let's get going.

-So what did the police want?

0:32:220:32:25

Interviewed me under caution.

0:32:250:32:27

Just shy of having me arrested for murder.

0:32:270:32:29

Needed that. Come on!

0:32:320:32:35

Well, at least Wardle believes you.

0:32:350:32:38

That I'm not grooming teenage girls to carve up?

0:32:380:32:40

Yeah, it's a real vote of confidence.

0:32:400:32:43

Can you send Wardle all we've got on the client

0:32:450:32:47

-I was supposed to meet in Whitechapel?

-Sure.

0:32:470:32:50

So how does it help frame you, him sending you her leg?

0:32:540:32:57

Depends what the killer's trying to achieve.

0:32:570:32:59

If they want to make sure I never work again, send me the leg,

0:32:590:33:01

involve me in a murder case. Let the press do the rest.

0:33:010:33:05

Do you still think it's one of those three men?

0:33:310:33:33

Yeah, I do.

0:33:330:33:35

More than ever. Whittaker got away with murder, twice.

0:33:350:33:38

Laing charmed everyone while he kept his wife terrified.

0:33:380:33:40

Brockbank was a child rapist

0:33:400:33:42

who managed to convince everyone that he was the injured party.

0:33:420:33:45

And you think he could cut off his own daughter's leg?

0:33:450:33:48

I don't know what to think, but I know he wants revenge on me.

0:33:480:33:51

Major Brockbank, Sergeant Strike, SIB.

0:33:540:33:59

Brittany, back inside.

0:33:590:34:02

So he might be living with his sister?

0:34:140:34:17

Brockbank's Army pension goes to her address in Barrow every month.

0:34:170:34:20

She's our only lead.

0:34:200:34:21

-How you doing?

-Pfft! A bit shit.

0:34:300:34:34

Matthew keeps texting.

0:34:360:34:38

Would you like to hear about the migratory patterns of the black marlin?

0:34:380:34:41

We have two hours to go.

0:34:410:34:43

4-3-1-Y-U-T.

0:35:120:35:15

Receiving.

0:35:150:35:16

-Owner is a Mr Michael Ellacott.

-Are you Michael Ellacott?

0:35:230:35:27

Erm, er, no, that's my dad.

0:35:270:35:29

You're parked on a double-yellow.

0:35:300:35:32

There's no loitering near a nuclear facility.

0:35:320:35:34

Can I see your licence, please?

0:35:340:35:36

Er, yeah.

0:35:360:35:37

Is that what, erm... that what that is?

0:35:370:35:41

Shipyard, yeah. Where do you live?

0:35:410:35:44

Oh, not...not together.

0:35:440:35:45

-Denmark Street, London.

-Ealing, London.

0:35:450:35:48

You up here on holiday?

0:35:480:35:50

Does anyone ever come to Barrow-in-Furness on holiday?

0:35:500:35:54

The abbey's popular.

0:35:540:35:55

And the nature reserves.

0:35:550:35:57

We're, er, hoping to catch up with a friend on the way to Scotland.

0:35:570:36:01

Where can I get a half-decent coffee?

0:36:010:36:03

No photography in this area, all right?

0:36:030:36:06

Roger that.

0:36:060:36:07

Yeah, it was nowt.

0:36:090:36:11

-Morning.

-Morning.

0:36:110:36:13

"Roger that"?

0:36:130:36:15

You weren't exactly helpful! "Who'd holiday in Barrow?"

0:36:150:36:18

She's obviously from here.

0:36:180:36:20

-Where are you going?

-To ask after Brockbank.

0:36:200:36:22

No, no, no, don't knock on Holly's door. He might still live there.

0:36:220:36:25

No. I'm going to go and ask that woman.

0:36:250:36:27

She looks like she'd be the type to gossip.

0:36:270:36:29

Hey, excuse me.

0:36:310:36:33

Sorry, I, er, wondered if you might be able to help me?

0:36:330:36:35

It has to be me.

0:36:370:36:39

If Holly recognises you, she'll tell Niall that you're looking for him.

0:36:400:36:43

Anyway, this will work.

0:36:430:36:45

I don't like it.

0:36:450:36:47

You don't have to like it.

0:36:470:36:48

It's still a good idea.

0:36:480:36:50

Great.

0:37:190:37:20

Well, the good news is my hangover's finally lifting.

0:37:210:37:24

PHONE RINGS

0:37:240:37:25

Er, I, I'd better get this. It's my mum. Sorry.

0:37:250:37:30

Hi, Mum.

0:37:300:37:32

Matthew called me. He told me the two of you had broken up.

0:37:340:37:37

-He said you've left him.

-Did he tell you why?

0:37:370:37:39

Look, I... I can't really talk right now. I'm away with Strike.

0:37:390:37:42

Oh. I see.

0:37:420:37:44

No, not like that! It's work.

0:37:440:37:46

We're, erm, someone sent him a l...

0:37:460:37:48

Anyway, it doesn't matter, it's...it's work.

0:37:480:37:51

Are you all right?

0:37:510:37:53

Yeah, erm, oh, I don't know.

0:37:530:37:56

I... I can't really talk about Matt right now.

0:37:570:37:59

It's, erm, it's all so new, so, er...

0:37:590:38:01

I'm going to come and see you as soon as you're back to London.

0:38:010:38:04

-Yeah, that'd be nice. Thanks.

-Bye, then.

0:38:040:38:07

Love you. Bye.

0:38:070:38:09

So according to that old lady, Holly's in here every lunchtime.

0:38:160:38:20

Let's hope she's a nicer Brockbank than her brother.

0:38:210:38:24

-You good?

-Yeah.

0:38:270:38:29

Thanks, love.

0:38:440:38:46

Hi, I'm looking for Holly Brockbank.

0:38:500:38:52

Holly Brockbank?

0:38:560:38:57

Who are thoo?

0:38:570:38:59

Sorry?

0:38:590:39:00

Who...are...you?

0:39:000:39:02

My name's Venetia Hall. I'm a lawyer.

0:39:020:39:05

-I'm trying to find Niall.

-Don't know, don't care.

0:39:050:39:08

Only...I believe he's owed money.

0:39:080:39:10

Him and his family.

0:39:100:39:12

-His family?

-Oh, his close family.

0:39:130:39:16

Parents and siblings.

0:39:160:39:17

Anyone who he's lived with.

0:39:170:39:20

Why's that, then?

0:39:200:39:21

Well, my company specialises in gaining reparations

0:39:220:39:26

for servicemen who have been injured outside of combat operations.

0:39:260:39:30

Right.

0:39:300:39:32

I'd like to help you make a lot of money off the government, Holly.

0:39:320:39:36

All you have to do is tell me your side of things.

0:39:360:39:39

-Wardle.

-Hey, have you found Whittaker yet?

0:39:440:39:47

No, not yet.

0:39:470:39:48

I think you should look in to Donald Laing, spelt "A-I".

0:39:480:39:51

I got him sent down for 16 years but he's probably out by now.

0:39:510:39:55

He did his time in Glasgow, I'll text you the details.

0:39:550:39:58

-Yeah, send me anything you've got.

-I will.

0:39:580:40:01

So...

0:40:050:40:07

Nice one.

0:40:070:40:08

Well, we know that Niall suffered some problems

0:40:080:40:11

during his time in the Army.

0:40:110:40:13

Problems? Some fuckin' police copper smashed his head in!

0:40:130:40:16

Damaged 'im for life.

0:40:160:40:17

Er, do you mind if I, er...?

0:40:170:40:19

You don't happen to remember the copper's name?

0:40:190:40:21

Course I do. Cormoran Strike.

0:40:210:40:23

Fuckin' gadgee! Destroyed 'im.

0:40:230:40:26

Niall started having fits.

0:40:260:40:27

-Couldn't get any work anywhere after that, not properly.

-Right.

0:40:270:40:30

He'd come round to ours, smash the place up, smash me up.

0:40:300:40:33

Have you seen this nose? Fuckin' seen that?

0:40:340:40:37

That's a nose that's been hit hard. That wants paying for by the Army!

0:40:370:40:40

Oh, absolutely. Look, I'm sorry you've suffered.

0:40:400:40:43

-I have.

-Really, we're going to try and secure you a solid pay-out.

0:40:430:40:47

But...but the truth is, Miss Hall, I've had a properly shit life.

0:40:510:40:55

Me and Niall both did when we were kids,

0:40:570:41:00

but at least he got all the way to be a major in the Army.

0:41:000:41:03

That's good money and good respect.

0:41:040:41:07

And all of that went after Cormoran Strike bashed his head in.

0:41:070:41:12

How, how's Niall coping now?

0:41:120:41:15

Oh, works shit jobs in rubbish strip joints.

0:41:150:41:18

They'll have him for a bouncer.

0:41:180:41:20

Not what it was, though.

0:41:200:41:21

Don't last long.

0:41:210:41:23

He's in London now.

0:41:230:41:25

More work there for him.

0:41:250:41:27

Author of The Affluent Society. Nine letters?

0:41:310:41:33

-Er...

-You all right to drive?

0:41:330:41:35

Half a glass of wine. I'm fine.

0:41:350:41:37

He's not here.

0:41:370:41:39

But I've got a number for him.

0:41:390:41:42

Well bloody done! Shall we call him?

0:41:420:41:44

Apparently he's in London.

0:41:440:41:46

I think we should give it a day or two, in case Holly calls him?

0:41:460:41:50

Let the story bed in.

0:41:500:41:52

You know, if we lose the business, I might try personal injury claims.

0:41:520:41:55

I think I've got a knack for it.

0:41:550:41:57

What could you get me for my missing leg?

0:41:570:42:00

Packet of crisps and a pint.

0:42:000:42:02

Anywhere cheap to stay around here?

0:42:060:42:08

There's a Comfort City Express down the road.

0:42:080:42:10

Thanks.

0:42:100:42:12

Holly told me you smashed Niall's head in.

0:42:120:42:14

Is that true?

0:42:140:42:16

Arguably, the interview I'd seen with Brittany...

0:42:190:42:21

..framed my response to him.

0:42:220:42:24

He had a pre-existing concussion from playing rugby that week.

0:42:480:42:51

He started to have epileptic fits, got invalided out.

0:42:510:42:55

In between the fits,

0:42:550:42:57

he'd tell anyone who'd listen that he was going to destroy me.

0:42:570:43:00

Perks of the job.

0:43:000:43:01

What happened to Brittany?

0:43:020:43:04

I spoke to the wife.

0:43:060:43:08

She wouldn't hear a word of it.

0:43:080:43:10

Brittany was telling tales, a naughty little liar.

0:43:100:43:13

Niall was a good man and a good father.

0:43:130:43:16

And off they went.

0:43:160:43:19

She was 12.

0:43:190:43:20

After that, he knew she'd told on him.

0:43:210:43:23

And she knew that help wasn't coming.

0:43:230:43:26

She's the one I find hard to live with.

0:43:270:43:30

We have to find him and put him away.

0:43:300:43:32

If he's our killer.

0:43:320:43:34

He's a child rapist.

0:43:340:43:35

The Army did their job properly.

0:43:350:43:37

There wasn't enough evidence for a case.

0:43:370:43:40

I know this must be hard...

0:43:400:43:42

Don't! Do not! You promised.

0:43:420:43:45

It's hard for anyone to hear.

0:43:470:43:49

What are we supposed to do? Hunt them all down?

0:43:500:43:52

Yeah.

0:43:520:43:54

All of that, and pay off the utilities bill?

0:43:540:43:57

I'll tell British Gas that's what we've decided.

0:43:570:44:00

Thanks.

0:44:100:44:11

Good evening. Are you looking for...?

0:44:250:44:27

-Two singles, please.

-Two singles.

0:44:270:44:29

Right. OK.

0:44:290:44:30

Is that one room with two single beds or...

0:44:300:44:33

Erm, if you've got two different rooms.

0:44:330:44:35

-Two rooms, one bed in each of 'em.

-Single in each.

0:44:350:44:38

Right.

0:44:380:44:40

-I'm not trying to pry. I have to check.

-No, it's fine!

-No.

0:44:400:44:43

Is your leg all right?

0:44:450:44:47

No. It's been blown-off.

0:44:470:44:50

You're limping.

0:44:500:44:52

You offering me a piggyback?

0:44:520:44:54

It could be the last thing you ever do.

0:44:540:44:57

I'm stronger than I look.

0:44:570:44:58

It's all those gymkhanas I did.

0:44:580:45:00

Did you carry the horse?

0:45:000:45:02

If you hear anything, I'm just in here.

0:45:030:45:06

OK.

0:45:060:45:08

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:45:320:45:33

Hello?

0:45:330:45:35

It's me. I've just heard from Wardle.

0:45:350:45:38

We're not going home just yet.

0:45:380:45:40

Wardle's found an old address for Laing. He was living with someone in Corby.

0:45:400:45:44

-Great.

-We should check it out tomorrow.

0:45:440:45:46

-Well, er, night.

-Night. I was just telling you now, in case

0:45:460:45:48

-you were making other plans for tomorrow.

-Yeah.

0:45:480:45:51

-Sleep well.

-Sleep well.

0:45:510:45:53

Yeah, you too.

0:45:530:45:54

Give us one, then.

0:46:280:46:29

Thanks.

0:46:360:46:37

Thanks.

0:46:490:46:50

So how did you meet Laing?

0:46:520:46:53

I was on a drugs case in Cyprus, undercover,

0:46:550:46:58

buying grass off a local guy who dealt with a lot of soldiers.

0:46:580:47:01

He told me about a squaddie who said he'd chained his wife up

0:47:010:47:04

when she'd threatened to leave him.

0:47:040:47:06

Sounded like grandstanding, but...

0:47:060:47:08

..I checked it out anyway...

0:47:090:47:11

When no-one answered the door, I kicked it in.

0:47:120:47:14

The smell hit me first. I went upstairs and found his wife in the bedroom.

0:47:140:47:20

He told the court she was kinky, liked to be tied up.

0:47:200:47:23

She'd broken her wrist and dislocated her shoulder

0:47:230:47:27

trying to get free and there were internal injuries.

0:47:270:47:30

Tell me he didn't get off.

0:47:400:47:41

Went down for 16 years.

0:47:410:47:43

Probably did eight.

0:47:430:47:44

He'll have been out a while now.

0:47:460:47:48

-Are you Lorraine McNaughton?

-Who are you?

0:48:010:48:04

I'm a detective. I'm looking for information on Donald Laing.

0:48:040:48:07

I heard he lived here a few years ago.

0:48:070:48:09

What's Donnie done now?

0:48:090:48:11

-Is he still here?

-No, thank Christ.

0:48:110:48:14

Would you mind if my partner and I asked you a few questions?

0:48:140:48:17

Was it robbery he's done?

0:48:210:48:23

Why do you say that?

0:48:230:48:24

Because he robbed me when he left.

0:48:240:48:27

He took my jewellery.

0:48:270:48:29

He took my mum's ring.

0:48:290:48:30

I'm sorry. That's terrible.

0:48:300:48:32

How did you meet Donald?

0:48:320:48:34

Pub.

0:48:340:48:35

He was very charming.

0:48:360:48:38

Sorry, I know that sounds stupid.

0:48:390:48:41

He had his own company in Scotland but he got ill.

0:48:410:48:45

What did he get ill with?

0:48:460:48:48

Oh, it was nasty.

0:48:480:48:50

Psoriatic arthritis.

0:48:500:48:52

-Some days he couldn't even move.

-Here, let me take that.

0:48:530:48:56

Oh, thank you.

0:48:560:48:57

Were you together long?

0:48:570:48:58

Not even a year.

0:48:580:49:00

It was after my mum died.

0:49:000:49:02

Donnie did some work for

0:49:020:49:04

Mrs Williams, at number 37, across the road.

0:49:040:49:08

87 with a lawn to cut and all her kids have gone abroad, you know.

0:49:080:49:13

He was nice to me. And he did raise money for charity.

0:49:160:49:20

Despite it all, erm, I miss him..

0:49:200:49:23

-He was never violent?

-No.

0:49:240:49:27

And I told the police that.

0:49:270:49:29

Was this when you reported your jewellery missing?

0:49:290:49:31

No, Mrs Williams was robbed and attacked.

0:49:310:49:35

Is she OK?

0:49:350:49:37

She's passed since then.

0:49:370:49:39

Poor old Mrs Williams, beaten shitless for a couple of quid.

0:49:410:49:45

So do you reckon that was Laing?

0:49:450:49:47

Cased it while he mowing her lawn, didn't he?

0:49:470:49:49

Men like Laing and Brockbank and Whittaker -

0:49:490:49:53

women are things to be used.

0:49:530:49:54

And she still misses him.

0:49:570:49:58

Here we go.

0:50:100:50:11

-Donald Laing's great charity efforts.

-Go on!

-£40...

0:50:110:50:14

-Oh. Oh.

-..raised for psoriatic arthritis.

0:50:140:50:18

Well, it's not nothing.

0:50:180:50:20

Well, he's only set it up

0:50:200:50:21

so he can show it to people who've started to realise he's a leech.

0:50:210:50:24

Yeah.

0:50:240:50:25

Where are you going to stay?

0:50:300:50:33

At the flat. At least for tonight.

0:50:330:50:36

Matthew's away, so...

0:50:360:50:39

Right.

0:50:390:50:41

-Thank you. Goodnight.

-You too.

0:51:020:51:04

PHONE RINGS

0:51:230:51:25

All right, Bunsen? Where are you?

0:51:300:51:33

Office.

0:51:330:51:34

I've found Whittaker.

0:51:350:51:37

The little girl said, "Daddy, Daddy, I love that pig."

0:51:390:51:42

And the farmer said, "Well, we all used to love the pig

0:51:420:51:46

"but the pig's become diseased and it won't stop squealing!"

0:51:460:51:49

Wait.

0:51:530:51:54

All right, Bunsen?

0:51:550:51:56

Very nice.

0:52:050:52:06

See you later.

0:52:060:52:08

Get in. Banjo, get me some fags.

0:52:300:52:33

Well, look who it is, Sherlock fucking Holmes,

0:52:350:52:39

as I live and breathe.

0:52:390:52:40

Steph, come here, let me tell you a little story about this guy.

0:52:400:52:45

I was banging his mummy back in the day, for a while. I gave her a kid.

0:52:460:52:51

Now, she...she was a juicy old tart.

0:52:510:52:54

This man kills women.

0:52:540:52:56

You think this one gives a shit?

0:52:560:52:58

She barely knows where she is half the time, bless her.

0:52:580:53:00

I love him, darling.

0:53:000:53:02

Do you know what Mummy used to like to do?

0:53:030:53:06

-She used to like to suck me off after I sang to her. Hm?

-Mm-hm.

0:53:060:53:10

Sing her a song and then down she'd go - Pavlovian response.

0:53:100:53:15

HE GRUNTS

0:53:150:53:16

Fuck.

0:53:160:53:17

I can find you somewhere to stay.

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Fucking get in that van.

0:53:200:53:22

Motherfucker!

0:53:240:53:25

-CHILD:

-Hello?

0:53:350:53:36

Hello.

0:53:360:53:38

Zahara, give that here.

0:53:380:53:40

BABY GURGLES

0:53:400:53:42

-Who's this?

-Hello, is that Mr Brockbank?

0:53:420:53:45

-Aye.

-This is, er...Venetia Hall.

0:53:450:53:48

I'm a personal injury claims lawyer.

0:53:480:53:50

I spoke to your sister, Holly, about getting

0:53:500:53:52

compensation from the Army for the injuries they caused you.

0:53:520:53:55

How's that?

0:53:550:53:56

Well, I'd be very happy to go over it with you if you're able to meet.

0:53:560:54:00

Where might be convenient?

0:54:000:54:02

What about Shoreditch?

0:54:020:54:03

Could I maybe have a home address for you?

0:54:040:54:07

And then I can send you our paperwork.

0:54:070:54:10

Do I know you, little girl?

0:54:100:54:12

I'm pretty sure we've never met.

0:54:140:54:16

HE ENDS THE CALL

0:54:180:54:20

I love him, darling.

0:54:380:54:40

One day, you'll feel like that about somebody.

0:54:410:54:44

DOOR ENTRY BUZZER

0:54:580:55:00

BUZZER CONTINUES

0:55:020:55:04

BUZZER CONTINUES

0:55:090:55:11

Who is it?

0:55:190:55:21

It's Wardle, open the door.

0:55:210:55:22

Hold on.

0:55:220:55:24

I've got to get my leg on.

0:55:240:55:25

REPORTERS CLAMOUR

0:55:250:55:27

We've just got a few questions.

0:55:350:55:37

Have you ever met this girl?

0:55:400:55:42

-No.

-Have a good look.

0:55:450:55:47

I haven't met her.

0:55:500:55:51

Who is she?

0:55:510:55:52

She's the girl we found in Whitechapel.

0:55:550:55:58

So you've identified the body?

0:55:580:55:59

Well, I'm not sure we can claim all the credit.

0:55:590:56:02

Took the morning papers for us to piece it together.

0:56:020:56:04

You've never met her? Kelsey Platt?

0:56:140:56:18

The three names I gave you. Who have you found?

0:56:570:56:59

We're still making enquiries.

0:56:590:57:01

He addressed the leg to you. He followed you.

0:57:010:57:03

-That's the pattern we have so far.

-I know. And I will be careful.

0:57:030:57:06

-Oh, my God, it's you.

-I need to ask you about your sister.

0:57:060:57:10

Robin, I do think it's time to make a decision.

0:57:100:57:13

The wedding day's nearly here.

0:57:130:57:14

She's been followed.

0:57:140:57:15

-She's had body parts sent to her...

-Robin's good at what she does.

0:57:150:57:18

She's very good. She manages the risks.

0:57:180:57:21

Shanker!

0:57:210:57:22

You're a sociopath.

0:57:220:57:24

Have you seen something?

0:57:240:57:25

SHE SCREAMS We're finished.

0:57:250:57:27

Let's just find this guy.

0:57:290:57:30

Gotcha!

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