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Episode 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 19 November 2010

Set in 10th century Japan, this is the third thriller inspired by the diaries of Sei Shonagon.

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess. A favourite of the Emperor is found drowned in a pool in the Palace Gardens. But, before Yukinari can investigate, the body is given a ceremonial burial and all trace of the crime washed away by the spring rains.

The truth behind the crime now uncovered, Yukinari must decide whether to speak for the dead or whether to let the dead stay silent.

By Robert Forrest.

Shonagon - Ruth Gemmell
Yukinari - Mark Bazeley
Emperor - Simon Ginty
Empress - Laura Rees
Gisaku - Robin Laing

Producer - Lu Kemp.


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