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The Secret

  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 29 Apr 2016
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  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 17 2016 : Sat 23 Apr - Fri 29 Apr
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Episode 1
When Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan meet at their local Baptist Church in rural Northern Ireland, they start an affair which will have cataclysmic consequences.
Series overview
The location: a seaside town in Northern Ireland in 1991. The scene: two bodies in a carbon monoxide filled car. A former nurse Lesley Howell, and a police officer Trevor Buchanan, have apparently taken their own lives together.…
This is the true story of a Sunday school teacher and a respectable dentist who formed a murderous partnership.
Hazel Buchanan and Colin Howell meet at their local Baptist Church in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and embark upon a passionate and destructive affair, which climaxes in an elaborate plot to commit the “perfect murder” to kill both their partners, Lesley and Trevor, and make it look like a suicide pact.
The killers fool the police and get away with murder, but their relationship soon sours and they separate. They rebuild their lives, each remarrying and prospering, but can never escape what they have done. As a series of disasters befalls Howell, he finally confesses his crimes to the horrified elders of his church.
Convicted of murder, Howell implicates Hazel in the killing. Hazel admits involvement but pleads not guilty, claiming she was coerced. In a climactic murder trial, Howell gives evidence against his former lover.
Lesley Howell  LAURA PYPER
Trevor Buchanan  GLEN WALLACE
Pastor John Hansford  JASON WATKINS
Grandpa Harry Clarke  JAMES GREENE
Andy Comerford  DAVID PEARSE
Hilary McAuley  ALI WHITE
Dental Receptionist  EILEEN McCLOSKEY
Matthew Howell  RILEY HAMILTON
Lauren Howell  NINA WOODS
Daniel Howell  MURRAY SPEERS
Andrew Buchanan  JACK ERDIS