Heat of the Sun

Heat of the Sun is a British television crime drama series, created by Russell Lewis and Timothy Prager, that first aired on ITV on 28 January 1998.[1] Set in 1930s Kenya, the series stars Trevor Eve as Superintendent Albert Tyburn, a Scotland Yard criminal investigations officer who is sent to work in Nairobi to reveal the underside of the expatriate community in Kenya, exploring murders against issue of race and class, drug use, and sexuality. Susannah Harker stars as his romantic interest, Emma Fitzgerald, an aviator who is modelled on Beryl Markham. The series was a joint production between Carlton Productions and WGBH Boston.

Heat of the Sun
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Created by
  • Russell Lewis
  • Timothy Prager
Directed by
  • Diarmuid Lawrence
  • Paul Seed
  • Adrian Shergold
Composer(s)Nick Bicât
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ted Childs
  • Rebecca Eaton
Producer(s)Ann Tricklebank
Production location(s)Zimbabwe
CinematographyKen Brinsley
Editor(s)McDonald Brown
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release28 January (1998-01-28) 
11 February 1998 (1998-02-11)

The series was shot on location in Zimbabwe, with Ted Childs (Carlton) and Rebecca Eaton (WGBH) acting as executive producers. Ann Tricklebank (Carlton) served as series producer. Russell Lewis penned the episodes Private Lives, and The Sport of Kings, while fellow creator Timothy Prager penned the episode Hide in Plain Sight. Adrian Shergold directed Private Lives, Diarmuid Lawrence directed Hide in Plain Sight, and Paul Seed directed The Sport of Kings.

In the United States, the series aired on the PBS as part of their Mystery! anthology strand. Hide in Plain Sight and The Sport of Kings were each split into two parts, bringing the US broadcast to five episodes in total.[2] The complete series was released on Region 2 DVD in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2009.[3]



Episode Title Written by Directed by Original airdate
1"Private Lives[4]"Russell LewisAdrian Shergold28 January 1998 (1998-01-28)
After shooting a child killer who was deemed untouchable, Scotland Yard's Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) is sent to 1930s Kenya to head a new criminal division of the small police force in Nairobi. He investigates the death of Lady Daphne Ellesmere (Kate McKenzie) as a murder, although his boss Commissioner Burkitt (Michael Byrne) and the coroner insist her death by lion attack was an accident. Helping him is Daphne's sister Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker), an attractive and independent woman who has become a bush pilot and refuses to play the social games common in the British expatriate set.
2"Hide in Plain Sight[5]"Timothy PragerDiarmuid Lawrence4 February 1998 (1998-02-04)
Tyburn and his new assistant, Valentine (Julian Rhind-Tutt), investigate the murder of a native woman and a reported Native attack on a local mission. Meanwhile, Burkitt orders Tyburn to arrest all the native prostitutes, to get them off the street before the expected visit by Edward, the Prince of Wales; Tyburn struggles to house them all.
3"The Sport of Kings[6]"Russell LewisPaul Seed11 February 1998 (1998-02-11)
After defeating a charge of murdering a young African man who worked for him and losing an important horse race, wealthy and powerful Max Van der Vuurst (Joss Ackland) is found dead in what appears to be an accidental fire at his house. Tyburn has to work with colonial troops to rescue a town besieged by raiders in order to collar their prime suspect.


  1. "Heat of the Sun (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". Epguides.com. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. "MYSTERY!: Heat of the Sun: Episode Descriptions". Pbs.org. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. "In The Heat Of The Sun". 6 July 2009 via Amazon.
  4. "Private Lives (1998) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  5. "Hide in Plain Sight (1998) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  6. "The Sport of Kings (1998) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

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