Second Sight (TV series)

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Second Sight
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Genre Crime drama
Created by Paula Milne
Written by
  • Paula Milne
  • Antonia Hallem
  • Niall Leonard
Directed by
  • Charles Beeson
  • Edward Bennett
  • Maurice Phillips
  • Jonas Grimas
Composer(s)John Lunn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) David Lascelles
  • Rex Maidment
  • Eric Gillespie
  • Graham Frake
  • David Blackmore
  • John Wilson
  • Nick McPhee
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Twenty Twenty Television
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release9 January 2000 (2000-01-09) 
6 February 2001 (2001-02-06)

Second Sight is a British television crime drama, principally written and created by Paula Milne, that first aired on BBC One on 9 January 2000. [1] Originally broadcast a single two-part pilot, before being followed by a series of three two-part stories, Second Sight follows DCI Ross Tanner (Clive Owen), a maverick cop who finds out that he has a rare disease which is causing him to go blind. Tanner's boss, Superintendent Lawson (Thomas Wheatley), little suspects that the man he named to head the elite Specialist Elite Murder Unit is losing his sight. Tanner struggles keep his condition a secret, but soon asks himself – how long can he keep solving crimes that not even the fully sighted can fathom.


The series also follows Tanner's battles with his irrepressible Inspector, Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner), who urges him to tell the truth for the sake of his own health. [2] Rebecca Egan also co-stars as Tanner's long-suffering wife, Marilyn; while Benjamin Smith appears as his son, Sam. Following the broadcast of the final episode on 6 February 2001, Second Sight was axed by BBC executives, with poor viewing figures cited as the reason.

The complete series was later released on DVD on 24 July 2006 via 2|Entertain. [3]



Pilot (2000)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byViewers
(millions) [4]
Original airdate
1"Second Sight: Part One"Paula MilneCharles Beeson7.259 January 2000 (2000-01-09)
DCI Ross Tanner of the Specialist Elite Murder Unit is working on a case with ambitious DI Catherine Tully when he makes the frightening discovery that he is slowly losing his sight. Tully discovers his secret, and agrees to cover for him – under certain conditions.
2"Second Sight: Part Two"Paula MilneCharles BeesonTBA16 January 2000 (2000-01-16)
DCI Tanner and company try to work through an ever-growing list of suspects for the murder. Tanner suspects that Matthew's stepfather, Adam, is hiding something, but does that make him the killer?

Series (2001)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byViewers
(millions) [4]
Original airdate
1"Hide and Seek: Part One"Antonia HallemEdward BennettTBA22 January 2001 (2001-01-22)
Tanner must gather evidence against his prime suspect in a murder case under difficult circumstances – but as he struggles to conceal his failing eyesight, DI Tully oversteps her authority, leaving him professionally exposed.
2"Hide and Seek: Part Two"Antonia HallemEdward BennettTBA23 January 2001 (2001-01-23)
Tanner decides to recreate the scene of the vicious murder of Vicky Ingham, but his plan to use her young son creates conflicts within the unit. Tanner's moves come under close scrutiny from DI Boyd.
3"Parasomnia: Part One"Paula MilneMaurice PhillipsTBA29 January 2001 (2001-01-29)
A man is found bludgeoned to death after his stag night. The following morning his fiancée, the daughter of a Labour peer, wakes to find herself covered in blood, but is adamant that she is innocent of murder.
4"Parasomnia: Part Two"Paula MilneMaurice PhillipsTBA30 January 2001 (2001-01-30)
Tanner continues to struggle with hallucinations as well as a terrifying recurring dream. All the evidence points to the victim's fiancée, but what was her motive for the murder?
5"Kingdom of the Blind: Part One"Niall LeonardJonas Grimas5.755 February 2001 (2001-02-05)
Investigating orchestrated race violence, Tanner comes up against the malevolent and manipulative Harold King, a retired gangster, who is also blind. Just as Tanner has harnessed his blindness to uncover the truth, King uses his to realise his bitterness and hate.
6"Kingdom of the Blind: Part Two"Niall LeonardJonas GrimasTBA6 February 2001 (2001-02-06)
Tanner's investigation into the Ben Harris murder takes him even deeper into the dark underworld of organized crime – and to his dismay, the main witness has changed his story.

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