|Created by||Mark Billingham|
|Country of origin|| United Kingdom |
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||87 Films|
|Original network||Sky One|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i)|
|Original release||10 October –|
14 November 2010
Thorne is a British television crime drama series, based on the novels of author Mark Billingham, that first broadcast on Sky One on 10 October 2010.A single six-episode series, starring David Morrissey in the title role of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, broadcast at 21:00 on Sundays until 14 November. As well as Morrissey, the series also stars Aidan Gillen, Eddie Marsan, O-T Fagbenle and Lorraine Ashbourne in supporting roles. The series comprises two three-part dramatisations of the first two Thorne novels, Sleepyhead and Scaredycat. Sleepyhead, directed by Stephen Hopkins, previewed in full at the BFI Southbank in London on 4 October 2010, followed by a Q&A session featuring writer Mark Billingham and actors David Morrissey and Eddie Marsan.
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Although directly adapted from the novels, there are many notable differences in the series, including; Brigstocke's sex has been changed; Dave Holland's ethnicity has been changed; and Phil Hendricks is portrayed as a short, partly tattooed Irishman with a full head of hair, a juxtaposition of the tall, bald, heavily pierced, heavily tattooed Mancunian described in Billingham's novels. In the United States, Encore broadcast all six episodes of the series across two nights. Sleepyhead and Scaredycat aired on 12 and 13 June 2012 respectively.The series is also available as a complete box set on Netflix. All six episodes were released on Region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray on 10 January 2011.
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Prior to filming, Morrissey commented on how he became involved with the role: "I was doing a film in New Zealand, on my own, in winter. I really needed a book. I stumbled across a Thorne novel, liked it, and then I looked up Mark online and found a question-and-answer session where he said that if his books ever made it to the screen, he’d like me to play the lead. I thought, that’s a good start".The first two novels adapted for the series were Sleepyhead, in which Thorne has to track down and stop a serial killer who aims to leave his victims alive but unable to communicate because of locked-in syndrome; and Scaredy Cat, in which two serial killers, Martin Palmer and Stuart Nicklin, begin to work in tandem to pick off their victims.
Locked-in syndrome (LIS), also known as pseudocoma, is a condition in which a patient is aware but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for vertical eye movements and blinking. The individual is conscious and sufficiently intact cognitively to be able to communicate with eye movements. The EEG is normal in locked-in syndrome. Total locked-in syndrome, or completely locked-in state (CLIS), is a version of locked-in syndrome wherein the eyes are paralyzed as well. Fred Plum and Jerome Posner coined the term for this disorder in 1966.
Billingham later expressed a desire to film all ten Thorne novels.Likewise, Morrissey confirmed in February 2011 that a second series had gone into production. However, in a newsletter issued to members of his mailing list in December 2012, Billingham stated that Morrissey's role in The Walking Dead had suspended plans for any further series. To date, no further series of Thorne have been produced.
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Andrea Mullaney of The Scotsman , praised the efforts made by BSkyB in the production and casting, but added "it's a shame that our best actors can't be used for anything more radical or real."Adam Sweeting of The Arts Desk wrote a more scathing review, commenting; "Despite the hype, it's just another cop show full of corpses, but Morrissey feels authentic as the phlegmatic, low-key Thorne". He also criticised the romantic link between Morrissey and McElhone, writing; "It was like Vinnie Jones getting off with Joanna Lumley".
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|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Original airdate||Viewers|
|1||"Sleepyhead — Episode 1"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Stephen Hopkins||10 October 2010||0.65|
|Three women are found murdered, their killer having induced them into having strokes. A fourth victim is still alive, and might be able to identify her assailant, except that she cannot communicate as she has been left with locked-in syndrome. Investigating, DI Tom Thorne concludes that it was the killer's intention to leave his victims incapacitated, not dead.|
|2||"Sleepyhead — Episode 2"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Stephen Hopkins||17 October 2010||0.66|
|Thorne is forced to conduct his investigation alone when Tughan dismisses his "locked-in" theory. He and Anne Coburn try to help Alison Willetts communicate. A woman who claims to have escaped the killer is attacked.|
|3||"Sleepyhead — Episode 3"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Stephen Hopkins||24 October 2010||0.75|
|Thorne confronts Phil Hendricks and accuses him of murdering the three girls fifteen years ago.|
|4||"Scaredy Cat — Episode 1"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Benjamin Ross||31 October 2010||0.72|
|Two women have been murdered simultaneously near St Pancras station, but in quite different ways. When the connection is made with two other murders, months before but on the same day, DI Thorne realises that two serial killers are at work in a macabre partnership.|
|5||"Scaredy Cat — Episode 2"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Benjamin Ross||7 November 2010||0.66|
|One of the killers is caught after a failed attempt on the life of the son of another victim. He confesses to his crimes, but refuses to identify his partner. Thorne decides to free him in an attempt to force the other killer to come forward.|
|6||"Scaredy Cat — Episode 3"||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||Benjamin Ross||14 November 2010||0.56|
|Palmer escapes from police custody and he and Nicklin resume their series of murders. DS Chen, desperate to prove herself, risks everything to catch the pair.|
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