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SIRENS (article first published : 2004-06-23)

M-Net's steamy psychological thriller Sirens starts on June 24 at 20h30. Set in London, it explores the life of an ambitious Woman Detective Constable Jay Pearson who is working on the case of a serial rapist who is attacking women and leaving virtually no clues or forensic evidence.

Tension rises in her department as the police are constantly frustrated in their efforts to track him down. To add to this, Jay feels her boss, Clive Wilson, is sexually harassing her. This makes her even more determined to prove herself and she undertakes her own individual line of investigation.

Jay's life is additionally complicated by her sister, Ali's arrival in London to live with boyfriend Oiiver. The two sisters have always been rivals: Ali resents Jay's career, which prevented her from nursing their dying mother. Jay, who is single, is envious of Ali's own success and contentment, and the strong relationship she has with Oliver.

They both find it difficult to adjust to being in the same city and as they spend more time together in an effort to get along better, inevitably an attraction begins to develop between Jay and Oliver. Although she does her best to resist it, eventually they give in to a passion that has become uncontrollable, while Ali is feeling increasingly miserable about the distance growing between her and Oliver and wants to discuss it with her sister.

Oliver is a psychotherapist and one of his clients, Anthony Soames, is seen washing himself obsessively after spending the night with a prostitute. He likes to threaten and control women, warning them that if they don't do what he says, he'll cut their throats. These are the exact words used by the rapist but only the audience is aware of this. Oliver, however, is becoming increasingly concerned about his patient's obsession.

The plot takes a dramatic twist when the police's investigations into a car seen near the scene of one of the rapes finally gives the police a lead to follow: Jay joins Wilson as he sets off to the man's house but to her horror, the suspect turns out to be ...Oliver.

Jay is now in an impossible position, both personally and professionally. Should she tell her boss that she knows the suspect? And should she tell her sister that her boyfriend is about to be charged with serial rape? Can she get through the investigation without Ali finding out that Jay has slept with Oliver?




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