Created by Paula Milne
Perhaps the most noir-ish thing PBS' MYSTERY! 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 a young London mother, Sidonie Reiger, who is going through hell. Her two children have been abducted by her ex, a former radical activist for the German "Red Liberation Front," who has taken them back to his home in Hamburg.
Desparate, frustrated by both British and German authorities' apparent indifference, she enlists the aid of shady ex-pat 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, various intelligence agencies, 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. Miranda Richardson as Sidonie is great, but Frederic Forrest, as Lomax, is completely captivating.
Highly recommended. And a pleasant reminder that MYSTERY! was once capable of more than Lord Mucky-muck detectives and snoopy elderly lady sleuths.
Unfortunately, hardly anyone seems to remember this one, and as far as I know, it's never been released on DVD.
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.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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