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Without Motive

All Episodes 2000 - 2001

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 2000-10-02T01:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 9 hours, 51 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Crime, Thriller, Drama
Detective Constable Jack Mowbray (Ross Kemp, EastEnders) has seen a lot of disturbing things on the job. But somehow the family man has never taken it home with him—until now. In this complete two-series set, the brutal murder of a young woman in Bristol sets off a chain of events that may change Mowbray forever and tear his family apart. When the Bristol murder is linked to a series of recent killings, the investigating team grows to more than a dozen detectives and just as many petty jealousies and full-blown rivalries. Mowbray’s boss, DCS Henderson (Kenneth Cranham, Rome, Layer Cake), keeps the pressure on as it becomes clear that the latest killing will not be the last. Mowbray and his colleagues race to find a predator who will strike again—without apparent motive. A ratings winner in the UK.

12 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2000-10-02T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

A young woman is found murdered near the city's red-light district. Her husband quickly becomes the chief suspect, but DC Mowbray has his doubts. Meanwhile, the detectives learn about the brutal murder of three prostitutes in nearby south Wales.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2000-10-09T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

A joint investigation begins into all four murders, but questions arise over the competency of the Welsh senior detective. Another murder back in Bristol breaks all the patterns of the previous killings--and comes uncomfortably close to Mowbray's family.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2000-10-15T00:00:00+01:00 — 49 mins

Tensions deepen between Mowbray and his wife, as the police launch their investigation into the latest killing. The murdered woman, a student, worked part-time at a pizza restaurant, where the detectives establish a link with the first victim in Wales.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2000-10-22T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The police pursue a number of leads, but Mowbray strongly suspects Robert Jackson, a delivery driver with a previous record of violence against women. Mowbray's boss disagrees, however, and the detective must decide whether to charge Jackson.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2000-10-29T00:00:00+01:00 — 49 mins

Another victim turns up, and morale among the investigating officers hits rock bottom. The stresses of the job force Mowbray to consult a therapist, but not before his actions drive Sally away from him. Adding to the pressure, the killer strikes again.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2000-11-05T00:00:00+00:00 — 49 mins

Mowbray takes himself off the case, goes on leave, and tries to patch things up with Sally and the kids. While he's gone, the police make an arrest. DCS Henderson believes he has his man but needs a confession to be sure.

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2001-09-27T00:00:00+01:00 — 49 mins

Robert Jackson is convicted of murdering five women. A day later, another woman is killed in a similarly brutal manner. The detectives fall under pressure when questions arise about how Jackson had managed to slip through the police's net.

2x02 Episode 2

  • 2001-10-04T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The team investigates whether the latest murder was a revenge killing, a challenge to the police, or a copycat. Meanwhile, Mowbray and Henderson face their own court trial, and the detective has to decide whom he can trust.

2x03 Episode 3

  • 2001-10-11T00:00:00+01:00 — 49 mins

As Mowbray and Henderson head for trial, it appears that someone has been providing the prosecution with inside information. A senior police officer advises Mowbray to place truth over loyalty in the courtroom. Outside the courtroom, the killing continues.

2x04 Episode 4

  • 2001-10-18T00:00:00+01:00 — 49 mins

The investigation into the most recent murder brings about unforeseen consequences in high places. Cracks also begin to emerge in the case against Robert Jackson when Mowbray learns that crucial evidence had been suppressed.

2x05 Episode 5

  • 2001-10-25T00:00:00+01:00 — 48 mins

Jackson is released from prison and seeks to cash in on his celebrity, while the detectives have to sift through all the old evidence again. Finally, they get a breakthrough--a link between the latest killing and one of the Welsh murders.

2x06 Episode 6

  • 2001-11-01T00:00:00+00:00 — 49 mins

Henderson realizes the killer has to be someone they all know. As Mowbray closes in on a suspect, he alerts his family to the danger. In the end, it's a race to see who can get to their target first.