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Summary

All 11 episodes of the detective serial set and recorded in Mumbai.

Inspector Alia Khan is a tough, determined female cop struggling to make her mark in a male-dominated world. As she fights to uncover crime and corruption, she must also battle the endemic sexism of the police force and the patronising, chauvinist attitudes of her boss and colleagues - as well as dealing with her own personal demons.

In series one, landed with a new partner, she investigates a rescued baby, a missing husband, a child prostitution ring and strange goings-on at a psychiatric hospital. When a glamour model is found dead in a five-star hotel, she sets out on the trail of Bollywood's leading heart-throb, and uncovers murder, political scandal - and the truth about her policeman father's death.

In series two, the disgraced police inspector has just been released from jail. Seeking a life of obscurity, she gets a job as a receptionist in a run-down Mumbai hotel. But when a serial killer starts operating on the rooftop, Alia is called in. Paired up with incompetent Inspector Ratna Shinde, she soon realises that the murderer is trying to communicate with her through the victims themselves....

Series three finds Alia going undercover after suspicions are raised about a young woman's death. When Nyla Ansari is found in a bathtub in her parents' home, a bottle of pills beside her, it looks like suicide. Then a video is discovered, made by Nyla a year before. In it, she claims her father, a wealthy Indian businessman, was going to kill her. Posing as a newly married couple, Alia and her male colleague Junaid Qureshi move into the flat next door. Their mission: befriend Nyla's family, friends and servants, and find out the truth....

Written by Ayeesha Menon, these fast-paced crime thrillers, recorded on location in India, star Prerna Chawal as Alia, with Anand Tiwari, Rajit Kapur, Shivani Tanksale, Tavish Bhattacharya, Rohit Malkani and Radhika Mital.

Production credits:

Written by Ayeesha Menon.

Script Editors: Mike Walker and Phillip Shelley.

Produced by Nadir Khan.

Directed, recorded and edited by John Dryden.

Assistant Producer/Production Manager: Toral Shah

Production Assistant: Vivek Madan

Editing Assistants: Andrew Lewis, Aditya Khanna and Varrunn Bangera

Music: Sacha Putnam

Sound Recordists: Hitesh Chaurasia and Ayush Ahuja

Sound Design: Steve Bond

A Goldhawk Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Alia - Prerna Chawla

Nakul - Anand Tiwari

Inspector Desai/Parvez - Rajit Kapur

Mrs Gomes - Radhika Mittal

Popo - Rohit Malkani

Alia's father - Zafar Karachiwala

Vikram Naresh - Darius Shroff

Commissioner Kripalani - Jayant Kripalani

Ratna - Shivani Tanksale

Jamal - Kenny Desai

Yamraj - Abhay Mahajan

Meenakshi - Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Faisal - Prashant Prakash

Bala - Prabal Panjabi

Hotel Manager - Joy Sengupta

Principal Pandey - Sohrab Ardeshir

Inspector Siddiqui - Adhir Bhat

Home Minister - Satchit Puranik

Dhruv - Neil Bhoopalam

Shaina Patel - Preetika Chawla

Junaid - Tavish Bhattacharya

Shahnaz - Shernaz Patel

Jaz - Sukant Goel

Roopkala - Lovleen Mishra

Bhupinder - Aseem Hattangady

Patel - Jaimini Pathak

Roopkala's son - Ajitesh Gupta

Dr Rao - Sohrab Ardeshir

Dr Rameshwari - Anahita Uberoi

Sam/Inspector Kaur/Ensemble - Vivek Madan

Pander/Bartender/Ensemble - Nadir Khan

Nyla/Adele/Ensemble - Abir Abrar

Poona/Ensemble - Kamakshi Rai

Boy - Dhruv Hemdev

With Karan Pandit, Faezeh Jalali, Devika Shahani-Punjabi, Ayeesha Menon, Ankur Vikal.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9th - 14th September 2013 (Series One), 18th - 19th August 2015 (Series Two), 11th - 13th September 2019.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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