Dr Alan Billings - Blog
If you are a fan of television crime drama, you can be left with a very false impression of what is involved in a murder enquiry.
Whether you watch the wholly improbable stories in Midsommer Murders or the more gritty realism of Vera in Northumberland, they all follow a similar pattern.
There is a murder. In the background we are aware of forensic teams and tests, but the focus is on the lead detective. They work it all out in their head. It's just a question of how long before the penny drops.
Both Tom Barnaby – who has little help other than a hapless sergeant – and Vera Stanhope – who has a more realistically sized team – have light bulb moments when all becomes clear.
The episode then moves swiftly to its close as the suspect is arrested. End of story.
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