The Secret, Series 1HD
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The location: a picturesque seaside town in 1991. The scene: two bodies in a carbon monoxide filled car. Nurse, Lesley Howell, and police officer, Trevor Buchanan, have apparently taken their own lives... This is the true story of a Sunday school teacher and respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who formed a murderous partnership. Hazel Buchanan and Colin Howell met at their local Baptist Church in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and embarked upon a passionate and destructive affair, which climaxed 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 in acrimony and bitterness - a betrayal Howell will not forget. They rebuild their lives, - remarrying and prospering, but can never fully escape what they did. As a series of disasters befalls Howell, believing that he is being punished by God, he unravels in a self-destructive frenzy, finally confessing his crimes to the horrified elders of his church. Convicted of murder, Howell implicates Hazel in the killing, who pleads not guilty, claiming she was coerced in the murders. In a climactic murder trial Howell attempts to finally destroy his former lover.
|1||HDVideoEpisode 1||Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 1990. Colin Howell is a leading member of the Baptist community, and a loving husband and father. But when he meets fellow Baptist, Hazel Buchanan, they embark on an affair, which will have cataclysmic consequences for his wife Lesley and for Hazel's husband, Trevor. Wanting to remain in the Baptist church Colin refuses to consider divorce, but he and Hazel are desperate to find some way to be together. When Lesley's father dies, and she contemplates suicide, Colin believes that he has found the way...||46:25||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoEpisode 2||Colin's hand is forced when Lesley threatens to leave him, and with Hazel's help he immediately puts his plan to murder Lesley and Trevor into motion. He pipes carbon monoxide fumes into their bedrooms while they sleep, and then stages their deaths as a double suicide in Lesley's father's garage. The following morning Colin and Hazel feign their shock at the deaths speculating that Lesley and Trevor must have been driven to suicide by the anguish caused by their affair. But the police sense that something is not quite right.||45:08||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoEpisode 3||With whispers in the community and lingering police suspicions Colin and Hazel are prevented from being together, until the Coroner's "Suicide" verdicts put an official end to the speculation. But Hazel feels so guilty that she cannot be physical with Colin except under the influence of increasingly powerful drugs, and she puts an end to their toxic relationship. Both meet new partners and move on, but when Colin's eldest son dies in a freak accident, Colin too becomes convinced that God is punishing him for the murders.||45:15||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoEpisode 4||Seeing Matthew's death as God's full & final punishment for his past sins, Colin convinces himself that God will now allow him to prosper, but when he loses all his money in a financial scam and his second wife Kyle threatens to leave him, he confesses everything to the church and to the police, including the murders of Lesley and Trevor 18 years previously. Colin is imprisoned, and Hazel is arrested, interrogated and charged. But when Hazel pleads Not Guilty, Colin agrees to appear as the star witness for the prosecution, determined to take her down with him.||44:40||£2.49||View in iTunes|
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