Perhaps the noirest thing PBS' MYSTERY! has ever aired, Die Kinder was a fondly-remembered (by the few who saw it) six-part British import that aired in 1990. It followed the exploits of London woman, Sidonie Reiger, who is going through hell. Her two children have been abducted by her ex-husband, a former radical activist, who has taken them back to his home in Hamburg, Germany. Desparate, frustrated by both British and German authorities' apparent indifference, she enlists the aid of a rather shady expatriate American, LOMAX, a former CIA agent and disillusioned Vietnam vet now working as a Hamburg private eye, who supposedly specializes in retrieving stolen children.
But it turns out that the children, both their parents and Lomax himself are just pawns in a much bigger game, involving Britain, Germany, and an old terrorist group suspected of a department store bombing twenty years ago.
This was a truly fascinating series--defiantly provocative, murky and dark, miles away from most PBS mystery stuff. And Frederic Forrest, as Lomax, is completely captivating. Highly recommended.
Author Milne went on to create several other series for british television, including Second Sight, about a police detective losing his vision, and Chandler and Co., about two middle-aged female P.I.s that was eventually shown on PBS. Although much lighter in tone, it's also worth watching.
By the way, Die Kinder is not another Bruce Willis movie-- it's German for "the children."
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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