Code of a Killer-a two-part drama. Shown on consecutive nights: Monday and Tuesday. Some notes and dialogue on Episode one and a one off Review. Minor Spoilers only. Was on in the UK on ITV Channel or Channel number 103 on Virgin Media TV.

Code Of A Killer-ITV Channel

With the excellent actors John Sims and David Threfall.

See-preview below: re-posted here.
first posted 14th March 2015 in Notes for my readers..

Preview of Code of A Killer.
The story of the world’s first DNA manhunt.   With John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries and David Threfall as the Detective.


Nb. Notes and dialogue for Episode One only.

First Episode.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

21 November 1983
A girl walks home in the dark.
(crows echo faintly)

Yey.  An Explanation of DNA by John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries.

Girl to her parent:
“Linda’s not home yet..”

John Sims is speaking with a lispy husky accent.

Here comes David Threfall.  He is Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

Professor Alec Jeffries: (in a lecture to his University students)
“Mice have the myoglobin gene,”
“”Seals have the myoglobin gene,”
” Humans have the myoglobin gene..”

John Sims is a believable and brilliant portrayal of a Professor.  He bustles away in his laboratory with a fag/ cigarette in his mouth.  You gotta love the 1980’s.

So learning about DNA from John Sims as an obsessed Professor is extra cool.

Yep. Everything was orange in English houses then.  Orange lights, orange lamp shades, orange walls.

Professor Alec Jeffries:(to his Research Assistant)
“I’m going to try a new probe, extracted from the myoglobin gene, let’s see if that lights up the DNA fragments?”
Yes, let’s see…

The next working day.
Research Assistant:
“Doctor Jeffries!
“He did it!”
Wow.  This is huge.

Professor Alec Jeffries:
“Five past nine, tenth of September nineteen eighty three” he says.
Wicked indeed.

David Threfall is impressive indeed as the Inspector.  David Threfall to his Sergeant:
“Like it or not, the science saved us!”


Review of Code Of A Killer

So I liked the Code Of a Killer. It was based on a true story the credits told us.  Plus some scenes had been dramatised as fiction.  That sorta thing. Yes I did wonder at the suspiciously post or is it retro-historical right on factor.

Did people really I mean really say: “let it go” for example in the nineties.  And did they really have bar-codes then.  Moreover, did people generally chat about bar-codes.  Did they even know the name or term.  I wonder.

Plus I never found out exactly how myoglobin split the DNA sequence into that formation.  Or what part or size as compared to the whole double helix did that printout represent? And so on.

No, all we got was a repetition in repetitive terms (obviously for our instruction) that: “this was our genetic code”.

Still, I’m guessing it doesn’t matter much where you metaphorically snip the strand of DNA pattern from: it would always come out pretty much the same.  Some parts different presumably.  Minorly. Who knows.  Geneticists I guess.

Some of this description as above did come over teachy.  I think I know more about Seals now than DNA though.

Still, the scientific excitement of a new discovery and its obviously universal application was palpable throughout the drama.  This was coupled with the originality of the intellectual  idea of Detective Chief Superintendent Baker, in using this science to solve a crime.

The tension rose.  Accordingly.  It was good to see a Scientist saving the day and being a hero.


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