Episode Six :
In Warm Blood
Written by:
John Collee
Directed by: Graeme Harper
Episode Length: 51'48m
Originally Broadcast: 10th Aug 1987, 20:35
Ratings: 2.2m


Starring :
David Calder (Nathan Spring), Erick Ray Evans (David Theroux), Trevor Cooper (Colin Devis), Linda Newton (Pal Kenzy), Jonathan Adams (Alexander Krivenko) and Sayo Inaba (Anna Shoun).

Guest-Starring :
Richard Rees (Richard Ho), Dawn Keeler (Christina Janssen) and Susan Tan (Receptionist).

Technical Personnel :
Chris Boucher (Series Deviser); Ian R. Wallace (Production Associate); Kevan Van Thompson (Production Manager); Sue Card (Production Assistant); Christopher Ballantyne (Assistant Floor Manager); Robin Lobb (Video Effects Supervisor); Mike Kelt/Malcolm James (Visual Effects Designers); Alisdair Mitchell (O.B. Cameraman); John Wiggins (O.B. Lighting); Graham Haines (O.B. Sound); Reg Poulter (Technical Co Ordinator); Gerry Tivers (Studio Camera Operator); Charles McGhie (Graphic Design); John Charles (Properties Buyer); Dennis Collett (Videotape Editor); Jim Stephens (Vision Mixer); Chris Townsend (Studio Lighting/Director); Chick Anthony (Studio Sound); Lynda Woodfield (Costume Designer); Jill Hagger (Make-Up Designer); Justin Hayward (Theme Composer/Theme Sung By); Justin Hayward/Toni Visconti (Incidental Music); Joanna Willett (Script Editor); Malcolm Thornton (Designer) and Evgeny Gridneff (Producer).



Character Development :
Anna Shoun is introduced, a 29-year-old General Physician, the daughter of a fisherman. A Buddhist, Anna works for Hanimed, a multinational company that endorses much of the space exploration program and supplies drugs to forty million people on Earth. Both Anna and Krivenko were friends of Christina Janssen, a Nobel-prize-winning Danish Biochemist who invented the drug Jagodil.
Nathan describes Lee as "the only woman I ever cared for."
Colin Devis's fourth wife was called Elena.

Future lives :
Hanimed is run by the company president Richard Ho. A German magazine is on the market, called Heute, as well as Ferromel, a leading brand of iron tablets.

The Crimes :
The Star Cops are investigating the case of Pluto Five, a freighter that contains eight rotting corpses, with no discernible cause of death...

The Solutions :
Hanimed were using Janssen to develop a new experimental drug. The Ferromel tablets, known as Project K/532 (a retro-site membrane stabilisation with semi-synthetic liver protein polymers) were covertly laced with Jagodil and tested on trial group P5 - the Pluto Five. Unfortunately the tablets developed a lethal side-effect when the surrounding temperature reached 410c. Nathan tricked Ho into believing he had spiked his drink with the same compound in order to force a confession. Ho's employee, Anna Shoun, is disillusioned and leaves to join the Star Cops...

Nathan and David's Movie-Buff Challenge :
One thing John Collee gets wrong is David and Nathan's movie quoting. Previously seen as a male-bonding pastime, it now becomes merely a childish fixation of Theroux's, with the following exchange: David- "Well, there's no such thing as original sin" Nathan - "What's that, one of your movie quotes?" David - "No, it's a line from a song." With David explaining that "The co-pilot of the Pluto 5 was into 1980s pop" then the song that it could have been referring to is "I'm Not Angry" from Elvis Costello's debut album My Aim Is True (1977).

Trivia :
At the end of the opening title sequence then the final shot of Earth doesn't cut or dissolve to the first scene - as it does in all eight other episodes - but instead zooms off above the camera.



Viewpoint 2008:

"It's ten past one - my dinnertime!"

With In Warm Blood John Collee takes over as head writer for three consecutive episodes. While he's arguably a better fit than Philip Martin, the increasing reliance on single plot strands make the episodes drag somewhat, and the overt humour sees Colin Devis now fully regressed as comic foil. What really causes the general dip in quality during the middle episodes of Star Cops is the shift away from Boucher's "future shock" predictive storylines and into more generic situations that just happen to be set in the future landscape. However, by far the worst element of Collee's work is the introduction of yet another new lead, Doctor Anna Shoun. This is where the series' weaknesses work together to create something even worse than the sum of their parts: Collee's characterisation for Anna is two-dimensional; Hayward's incidental music that I said I wouldn't mention is trite and cliched; and Sayo Inaba appears to have the acting range and ability of a small halibut.

Richard Rees is good as Richard Ho, even if he possesses a incongrous Chinese surname and one that is somewhat unintentionally amusing in modern parlance. Indeed, the climax between Ho and Spring is a good one; sadly the coda featuring Colin Devis performing "karate" is painfully unfunny and the worst episode ending of the lot.