The Commander is a crime television series, starring Amanda Burton. The series began in 2003, and continued until 2008 on ITV. The series focuses on Commander Clare Blake as a member of the detective murder squad in London. The controversy over Clare Blake has been her willingness to sleep with suspects so that evidence can be gained from them - exemplified in her relationship with murderer James Lampton, acted by Hugh Bonneville. Matthew Marsh originally starred alongside Burton, as DCI Mike Hedges. Mark Lewis Jones now co-stars with Burton as DCI Doug James.
The perfectly-preserved body of a two-year-old girl is found in a sealed oil drum in the basement of the derelict Elliston psychiatric hospital. Commander Blake assumes the role of senior investigating officer from DI Doug James, creating early conflict within the team as they set about investigating former patients and staff. As the team closes in on two particular suspects, there is a clash with the drugs squad, who are running a parallel investigation into one of them.
The murder of Mrs Thornton makes Eric the prime suspect for both deaths, but conflicts with a parallel investigation into the landscape gardening business where Eric works threaten to undermine both cases.