Professor T “The Family” 30 September 2022: Series 2 Episode 3 on ITV
A darkly-comic crime procedural set amongst the dreaming spires of Cambridge and starring Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour, and Juliet Stevenson.
When a palliative care doctor and her husband and two children are all found dead in a grisly tableau on their living room sofa, the Police ask Professor T to help them decipher how they died, in what order and at whose hands. Is it a text-book case of ‘familicide’, in which one of the parents has murdered their partner and children or was a disgruntled third-party involved, given the doctor’s outspoken support for assisted killing to let her patients die with dignity? As the investigation proceeds, Lisa is forced to confront the truth about her father’s dementia and she finally shares it with Dan, bringing them closer together than ever. Challenged by Dr Helena to face his fears about his past, Professor T enlists help from Adelaide and Ms. Snares to confront his phobia of intimacy, but with extremely mixed results.
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About Professor T
Every aspect of Professor Jasper Tempest’s life is precisely calibrated and rigidly structured. Impeccably dressed and meticulously punctual, he lectures daily at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, teaching students imaginatively, if pedantically, about the science of crime. And each evening, he returns home to his apartment, which is as sterile and systematically ordered as a science lab. Thanks to this strictly regimented approach, his OCD and germaphobia are under control.
But Professor T’s buttoned-down world is slowly undone when he is persuaded by one of his former students, Detective Sergeant Lisa Donckers, to assist her in investigating a serial rapist who has started attacking young women again after a 10-year hiatus. The Professor’s encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal psychology and his brilliant mind prove invaluable to the under-resourced CID team, but the cracks in his carefully constructed emotionless carapace also begin to show.
Working with the Police – and the fiery, instinctive, and occasionally chaotic Lisa, in particular – drags Professor T far from his comfort zone and forces him to confront his painfully suppressed feelings for an old flame, Detective Chief Inspector Christina Brand.
After deciding, in an uncharacteristically irrational moment, to move into his dusty and derelict family home, he also finds it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of his imperious mother, Adelaide, with whom he shares a harrowing family secret that has cast a long shadow over both their lives.
Professor T is a classic crime procedural, featuring a brilliant criminologist and amateur sleuth who solves a succession of quirky and baffling cases. At the same time, it explores the complex private lives of a diverse and engaging cast of characters, not least Professor T himself and the troubling effect that childhood trauma invariably has on adult psychology.
This show is broadcast on ITV.
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