|Sharon Smalls and Nathaniel Parker.|
Running Time: 90 minutes.
Status: Six seasons, comprising 24 episodes, aired between 2001-2008.
Production Notes: The first three seasons feature adaptations of American writer Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels. In a 2019 interview with PBS, star Nathaniel Parker noted: "I think the dynamic of me, a boss, and an underling who is sergeant, who were different sexes and yet not being overly flirty, not playing on that, has also stood the test of time." In 2019, both Parker and Smalls appeared in other British TV detective shows: Parker had a guest star role on Gratchester and Smalls starred in two season of London Kills--playing a detective sergeant again.
Our Review: The episodes based on George's novels are superior to the ones written expressly for the series. For example, in a sloppily-plotted fourth season episode, Lynley and Havers leave the only copy of an important document in their car...and it's promptly stolen by the bad guys. Still, Lynley and Havers are a dynamic pair and play off each other exceedingly well. Their relationship is what propels the series. It also keeps some of the stories from veering off into melodrama, such as when Lynley and Helen (who comes across as very selfish) separate following a family tragedy.