Ken Stott (The Vice, The Girl in the Café) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Red Metcalfe in a BBC America original co-production. The two-part thriller follows the detective as a killer taunts and confuses him with chilling clues left behind on victims’ bodies. Messiah: The Harrowing premieres Monday, April 10, 2006 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT and Tuesday, April 11, 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.
Red Metcalfe and Detective Duncan Warren (Neil Dudgeon, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) are joined by new Detective Vickie Clarke (Maxine Peake) and pathologist Rachel Price (Helen McCrory, Casanova) in a race to get ahead of a killer whose motives and methods seem beyond understanding.
In Part One, the body of a 20 year-old student is found locked in an abandoned car on a landfill where she has been left to die in terrible circumstances. Her fate foreshadows an epic trail of death leading Metcalfe through the darkest recesses of the serial killer’s mind.
In the second installment the body count rises as a young student is stung to death by bees, a dying woman overdoses on morphine and two female lovers are hooked together like meat. As the terror escalates, Red Metcalf and his team strive desperately to plot the next move of a killer whose actions continue to defy reason.
Red eventually concludes that the pattern of murders is based on Dante’s nine circles of hell. If he’s right, “The Greedy” will be next and the horror is just beginning. With a chilling tally of deaths, fantastic twists, and suspects everywhere, Messiah offers no gimmicks, just ripping plot lines. Can Red and his team put aside their own emotional torment and find method in the madness of this vicious killer?