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The City And The City

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

The body of a dead girl is found at Bulkya Docks, on the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma - two cities with a division like no other. Resident of the crumbling city of Beszel and inspector of the extreme crime squad, Tyador Borlu takes on the case, assisted by officer Lizbyet Corwi. The girl's body was seen dumped on the wasteland by a yellow van, and Detective Naustin presumes the girl must have been a hooker. Cases like this are run of the mill for Borlu, but he notices strange similarities to an old case.

The body was found in an area with lots of cross-hatching with Ul Qoma. Commissar Gadlem thinks this is a case for Breach - the secret police who ruthlessly patrol all cross-border crime. Gadlem thinks maybe someone else should take it on, and that maybe it is too personal for Borlu - but Borlu insists he can handle it.

As Unificationists protest that Ul Qoma and Beszel should become one city, Borlu receives a call from someone who says she was friends with the dead girl and identifies her as an American student called Mahalia Geary. Mahalia lived in Ul Qoma but wound up dead in Beszel. Borlu starts to worry as the friend admits she is not phoning from Beszel, she is illegally calling from Ul Qoma.

Mr and Mrs Geary fly in from America to see their daughter's body, and Borlu and Corwi are put on baby-sitting duty. Gadlem knows that Borlu made an illicit phone call, and the case is being taken to the Oversight Committee - he wants to invoke Breach. Show less


Inspector Borlu:
David Morrissey
Lizbyet Corwi:
Mandeep Dhillon
Katrynia Perla:
Lara Pulver
Commissar Gadlem:
Ron Cook
Major Syedr:
Danny Webb
Yolanda Stark:
Morfydd Clark
Mahalia Geary:
Andrea Deck
Mr Geary:
Corey Johnson
Dana Haqjoo
Cokey Falkow
Mikyael Khurusch:
Michael Ryan
Ul Qoma Girl:
Amelie Chantrey
Mrs Geary:
Debora Weston
Immigration Officer:
Buckso Dhillon-Woolley
Worker Priest Driver:
Moey Hassan
Mikhel Buric:
Dan Fredenburgh
James Thacker:
Nathan Wiley
Oversight Chairperson:
Rose Ackroyd
Tom Shankland
Production Company:
Mammoth Screen
Executive Producer:
Lucy Richer
Executive Producer:
Tony Grisoni
Executive Producer:
Preethi Mavahalli
Executive Producer:
Tom Shankland
Executive Producer:
Robyn Slovo
Executive Producer:
Damien Timmer

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