Episode 1 of 4
Police Profiler Dan McDuff and his partner Leah McNay investigate the mysterious murder of a celebrity chef.
McDuff has a meticulously thorough approach to stepping inside the criminal mind, but it's an eccentric one. Whenever there's overwhelming evidence pointing in one direction, McDuff is sure to head off in completely the opposite one as he focuses his attention on one irrelevant detail after another.
Never keen to follow the obvious path, McDuff's vivid imagination leads him into unusual areas where his suggestible partner McNay is only too happy to follow. Add to that O'Shaughnessy, surely the grumpiest forensics man in history and a boss who will stop at nothing to do as little as possible and you have a team capable of not solving any case that comes their way.
In What's Cooking, it seems the killer may have a penchant for playing Scalextric and also be involved in criminal dealings in root vegetables, whilst the victim was fond of deep sea diving and had a penchant for Early Grey tea with milk. Forensics man Seamus O'Shaughnessy discovers that the victim's last meal was a car number plate while Detective Superintendent Wright is more interested in finding a former etch-a-sketcher. Meanwhile McDuff and McNay take a trip on a jet ski as the net closes in.
Dan McDuff David Kay
Leah McNay Victoria Balnaves
Seamus O'Shaughnessy Michael Redmond
D.S. Wright Moray Hunter
Dan McDuff is written by David Kay, produced by Mary Bell and Moray Hunter and directed by Marilyn Imrie. It is a North Inch Production for BBC Radio Scotland.