UK, Episode 1.01
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First aired: 23 February 2009
  th of 53 produced in UK  
  1st of 53 released in UK
  th of 1185 released in all  
Written By
Sally Nemeth, Robert Nathan, Chris Chibnall

Directed By
Omar Madha

A baby is found in a duffel bag, outside a hospital emergency room.


Written by Chris Chibnall, "Care" is based on the original Law & Order second season episode, "Cradle to Grave"; written by Robert Nathan and Sally Nemeth, "Cradle to Grave" originally aired on 31 March 1992 (1992-03-31).

After midnight on 6 January, the corpse of a poisoned nine-month old boy is found in a holdall at Royal Hope Hospital. Brooks and Devlin's investigation leads them to Kings Cross; there, they find the child's flat and a sabotaged gas heater: the source of his poisoning. Following leads to the child's mother, Dionne Farrah (Venetia Campbell), they then investigate the babysitter, Serena Jackson (Angela Terence), whose statement leads the detectives back to Farrah's fellow tenant Mike Turner (Tony Maudsley). Turner has been hired by the flat's management company to harass the tenants into leaving, so that the owner—Maureen Walters (Ashbourne)—can renovate the units for better capital gain.

Represented by the devious and unprincipled Robert Ridley QC (Malahide), Turner is charged with damaging the Farrah's heating unit, causing the fatal gassing of the child. However, on 7 April, the judge is forced to declare a mistrial after the building's French-speaking caretaker, Daniel Matoukou (Babou Ceesay), is improperly translated. Uncovering that Walters has been paying bribes to environmental inspection officials, DS Brooks (Walsh) secures such evidence as to bring her to trial for failing to maintain the flats and leading to the boy's death. After Turner flips on Walters for a reduced sentence, the jury finds her guilty on 5 May.


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