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Death of a Red Heroine

The murder of a model worker in Shanghai gives Inspector Chen his first challenge with the Special Case Squad. Award-winning crime drama by Qiu Xiaolong.

Shanghai, May 1990. The body of a national model worker is found in Baili Canal. So begins the first of Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen novels. Poet and translator turned detective Chen Cao now heads the Special Case Squad, an assignment that brings political scrutiny with every move. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson.

Directed by Toby Swift

Dramatisations of the second and third books in the Inspector Chen series, A Loyal Character Dance and When Red is Black, will follow.

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. As well as writing the award-winning Inspector Chen series of mystery novels, he is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems (2003) and Evoking T'ang (2007), and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China (2003). Qiu's books have sold over a million copies and have been published in twenty languages. He lives in St. Louis, USA with his wife and daughter.

"Death Of A Red Heroine grabbed my imagination, took me on a slowly, intricately built journey that nevertheless felt sexy and slick, and kept me turning the pages deep into the night . . . A refreshingly brave exploration into political China, woven around a tense thriller..."
Huffington Post.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 5 Dec 2015 14:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Chen Jamie Zubairi
Yu Dan Li
Peiqin Sarah Lam
Commissar Zhang David Yip
Wang Feng Chipo Chung
Party Secretary Li Daniel York
Old Hunter David Hounslow
Wu Chris Pavlo
Yaqing Debra Baker
Yuan Amelia Lowdell
Wei Amelia Lowdell
Bao Sam Dale
Xie Kun Jessica Turner
Little Xie Evie Killip
Guo Richard Pepple
Lai Guojan George Watkins
Ling Rebecca Hamilton
Author Qiu Xiaolong
Adaptor Joy Wilkinson
Director Toby Swift

Broadcast

  • Sat 5 Dec 2015 14:30

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