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* {{Oxbridge}}: Lynley is an Oxford alum, and this plays a plot-important role in several episodes.
-->'''Havers''': One tug on the old school tie and you come running.


* ShipperOnDeck: Barbara appears to be this for Lynley and Helen. Whether she a) genuinely wants them to get together, b) genuinely wants them to get together and doesn't realize she's in love with Lynley, c) genuinely wants them to get together but is in [[ListingShip unrequited love]] with Lynley anyway, or d) is in unrequited love with Lynley and is encouraging him in order to hide her own feelings is a matter for endless debate.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Barbara appears to be this for Lynley and Helen. Whether she a) genuinely wants them to get together, b) genuinely wants them to get together and doesn't realize she's in love with Lynley, c) genuinely wants them to get together but is in [[ListingShip [[{{Starboarding}} unrequited love]] with Lynley anyway, or d) is in unrequited love with Lynley and is encouraging him in order to hide her own feelings is a matter for endless debate.


* CharacterDevelopment: Through his partnership with Barbara, Lynley becomes less snobbish and elitist, not to mention less likely to fly off the handle. Through her partnership with Lynley, Barbara begins to let her softer side show more often and learns that the world isn't out to get her and that it's okay to trust people and let them in.[[note]]This doesn't even ''begin'' to cover what these two do for each other over the course of the series, but it's a start.[[/note]] In the end, they are not only more effective detectives due to their partnership, they are, quite simply, better ''people''. And it is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful]].

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* CharacterDevelopment: Through his partnership with Barbara, Lynley becomes less snobbish and elitist, not to mention less likely to fly off the handle. Through her partnership with Lynley, Barbara begins to let her softer side show more often and learns that the world isn't out to get her and that it's okay to trust people and let them in.[[note]]This doesn't even ''begin'' to cover what these two do for each other over the course of the series, but it's a start.[[/note]] In the end, they are not only more effective detectives due to their partnership, they are, quite simply, better ''people''. And it is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful]].people.



* CryIntoChest: Played textbook straight when Barbara [[TearsOfFear falls apart after being held hostage at gunpoint]] and suffers a FlashbackEcho. See also SecurityCling, InelegantBlubbering and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* CryIntoChest: Played textbook straight when Barbara [[TearsOfFear falls apart after being held hostage at gunpoint]] and suffers a FlashbackEcho. See also SecurityCling, InelegantBlubbering SecurityCling and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.InelegantBlubbering.



* WorthLivingFor: Lynley and Havers, for each other. A CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for the entire show.
-->'''Lynley''': How do you do it? Living alone.
-->'''Havers''': Oh... you get used to it. I've never been married, never had anything you could call a relationship. So you get to a point where you just have to accept what you are, what you have. And then you find something else, and that gives you the reason to get up in the morning. And I have that, don't I.

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* WorthLivingFor: Lynley and Havers, for each other. A CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for the entire show.
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-->'''Lynley''': How do you do it? Living alone.
-->'''Havers''':
alone.\\
'''Havers''':
Oh... you get used to it. I've never been married, never had anything you could call a relationship. So you get to a point where you just have to accept what you are, what you have. And then you find something else, and that gives you the reason to get up in the morning. And I have that, don't I.



* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Suffice it to say that when Lynley calls Havers "Barbara," it's either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or a massive, massive TearJerker - like when [[spoiler:Havers gets shot]], at which point Lynley loses it quite spectacularly and can only say, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Barbara?]] ''[[TearJerker Barbara]]??''"

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Suffice it to say that when When Lynley calls Havers "Barbara," it's either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or a massive, massive TearJerker - "Barbara", like when [[spoiler:Havers gets shot]], at which point Lynley loses it quite spectacularly and can only say, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Barbara?]] ''[[TearJerker Barbara]]??''""Barbara? ''Barbara??''"


* JerkassFacade: Barbara. Yes, she is and always will be a blunt, outspoken, cranky, DeadpanSnarker SarcasticDevotee, but by and large, her harsh personality is a defense mechanism against a lifetime of torment and ridicule. Arguably the most critical moment of her first case with Lynley is him catching on to the fact that it ''is'' a facade and telling her she doesn't have to do it any more; he knows she's a good person, and in fact he genuinely cares about her. This freaks Barbara the hell out, but she gets used to it. Eventually.

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* JerkassFacade: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Barbara. Yes, she She is and always will be a blunt, outspoken, cranky, DeadpanSnarker SarcasticDevotee, but by and large, her harsh personality is a defense mechanism against a lifetime of torment and ridicule. Arguably One of the most critical moment moments of her first case with Lynley is him catching on to the fact that it ''is'' a facade an act and telling her she doesn't have to do it any more; he knows she's a good person, and in fact he genuinely cares about her. This freaks Barbara the hell out, but she gets used to it. Eventually.



* LoveMartyr: Goes along with LivingEmotionalCrutch, although it's not openly romantic. Barbara sticks with Lynley even though he is, at first, a frankly high-handed and often arrogant berk to pretty much everyone, even when he later takes all his pain out on her because she's the only safe outlet he has. Meanwhile, Lynley sticks with Barbara despite her being, initially, a JerkassWoobie who deliberately [[JerkassFacade pushes everyone -- especially him -- away with harsh words]] because she's [[HopeIsScary too scared to believe]] anyone could possibly like and/or respect her for herself. In addition, both have a DarkAndTroubledPast with a cartload of baggage and family issues galore. Any sane person would have gone running, and in fact [[HighTurnoverRate all of their previous partners did just that]]. Fortunately for them both, they find exactly what they need -- although not always exactly what they ''want'' -- in each other.

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* LoveMartyr: Goes along with LivingEmotionalCrutch, although it's not openly romantic. Barbara sticks with Lynley even though he is, at first, a frankly high-handed and often arrogant berk to pretty much everyone, even when he later takes all his pain out on her because she's the only safe outlet he has. Meanwhile, Lynley sticks with Barbara despite her being, initially, a JerkassWoobie who deliberately [[JerkassFacade pushes everyone -- especially him -- away with harsh words]] words because she's [[HopeIsScary too scared to believe]] anyone could possibly like and/or respect her for herself. In addition, both have a DarkAndTroubledPast with a cartload of baggage and family issues galore. Any sane person would have gone running, and in fact [[HighTurnoverRate all of their previous partners did just that]]. Fortunately for them both, they find exactly what they need -- although not always exactly what they ''want'' -- in each other.


* DefectiveDetective: Lynley and Havers, both of them. One is a [[MarriedToTheJob workaholic]] with a personal life worthy of a soap opera; the other is a BrokenBird who has raised antisociality and [[JerkassFacade self-protection via jerkassery]] to an art form. Somehow, they become [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple incredibly]] [[TrueCompanions close]] [[TheNotLoveInterest friends]] anyway, which spawns an absolutely glorious amount of CharacterDevelopment for both of them. And [[ThePowerOfFriendship it]] [[ThePowerOfTrust is]] [[ThePowerOfLove beautiful]].

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* DefectiveDetective: Lynley and Havers, both of them. them.
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One is a [[MarriedToTheJob workaholic]] with a personal life worthy of a soap opera; the opera;
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other is a BrokenBird who has raised antisociality and [[JerkassFacade self-protection via jerkassery]] jerkassery to an art form. Somehow, they become [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple incredibly]] [[TrueCompanions close]] [[TheNotLoveInterest friends]] anyway, which spawns an absolutely glorious amount of CharacterDevelopment for both of them. And [[ThePowerOfFriendship it]] [[ThePowerOfTrust is]] [[ThePowerOfLove beautiful]].form.

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* HollywoodLaw: In the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS02E04DeceptionOnHisMind Season 2 Finale]] Havers acknowledges that [[spoiler:her career is at an end because she shot a flare gun at another officer. However, considering that it was the only way to stop said officer from leaving Lynley and a young girl to drown, literally no one in their right mind would try and prosecute her for that - you're allowed to hurt a person if that's what's necessary to save lives. If nothing else, it would be a PR disaster, considering that the girl she saved is the daughter of an influential member of the local community, and cops generally don't look too kindly on people who leave other cops to die.]]


* FlashbackEcho / {{Trigger}}: In "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]" when Barbara [[spoiler:is held hostage at gunpoint]]. Her flashback is to the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses previous series' finale]], in which [[spoiler:she was shot in the abdomen]]; she shows obvious signs of PTSD throughout the episode and goes a little nuts at the end. It takes -- who else? -- Lynley literally [[spoiler:pulling her off the guy]] and administering a CooldownHug to bring her back to normal. (No actual flashback occurs; because the triggering event happens in the previous episode, however, the audience is quite clearly supposed to draw the parallel.)

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* FlashbackEcho / {{Trigger}}: TraumaButton: In "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]" when Barbara [[spoiler:is held hostage at gunpoint]]. Her flashback is to the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses previous series' finale]], in which [[spoiler:she was shot in the abdomen]]; she shows obvious signs of PTSD throughout the episode and goes a little nuts at the end. It takes -- who else? -- Lynley literally [[spoiler:pulling her off the guy]] and administering a CooldownHug to bring her back to normal. (No actual flashback occurs; because the triggering event happens in the previous episode, however, the audience is quite clearly supposed to draw the parallel.)


** Especially since Lynley [[GenreSavvy realised this was the plan]], and was doing his best not to give in, because while he didn't like her (yet), Havers ''was'' a good copper.

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** Especially since Lynley [[GenreSavvy realised this was the plan]], plan, and was doing his best not to give in, because while he didn't like her (yet), Havers ''was'' a good copper.


->- '''DI Fiona Knight''', ''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries'', "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]"

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->- -->-- '''DI Fiona Knight''', ''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries'', "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]"




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'''''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries''''' was a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series that ran from 2001--2007, starring Creator/NathanielParker as aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever 8th Earl of Asherton]], and Creator/SharonSmall as his working-class partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, both of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard. The first eleven episodes were based on novels by the American author Elizabeth George, though the author's plots and characters were often significantly altered, and the show went its own way from that point on. Most, if not all, fans consider the television show to take place in an AlternateContinuity from the books.

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'''''The ''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries''''' Mysteries'' was a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series that ran from 2001--2007, starring Creator/NathanielParker as aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever 8th Earl of Asherton]], and Creator/SharonSmall as his working-class partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, both of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard. The first eleven episodes were based on novels by the American author Elizabeth George, though the author's plots and characters were often significantly altered, and the show went its own way from that point on. Most, if not all, fans consider the television show to take place in an AlternateContinuity from the books.

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* IAmVeryBritish: Having gone to Eton and Oxford -- aka the poshest of the posh schools in the UK -- Lynley naturally speaks with a flawless RP accent. Barbara Havers decidedly does ''not'' (hers appears to be Estuary English with a hint of East London), and never hesitates to mock him for it whenever the opportunity presents itself.


* BritishAccents: Lynley is of course R.P., while Havers speaks what appears to be Estuary English with an East London twist (which fits, as one of the centerpieces of her character is that she is solidly working-class).


'''''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries''''' was a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series that ran from 2001--2007, starring Creator/NathanielParker as aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, [[TheBritishTitleSystem 8th Earl of Asherton]], and Creator/SharonSmall as his working-class partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, both of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard. The first eleven episodes were based on novels by the American author Elizabeth George, though the author's plots and characters were often significantly altered, and the show went its own way from that point on. Most, if not all, fans consider the television show to take place in an AlternateContinuity from the books.

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'''''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries''''' was a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series that ran from 2001--2007, starring Creator/NathanielParker as aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, [[TheBritishTitleSystem [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever 8th Earl of Asherton]], and Creator/SharonSmall as his working-class partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, both of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard. The first eleven episodes were based on novels by the American author Elizabeth George, though the author's plots and characters were often significantly altered, and the show went its own way from that point on. Most, if not all, fans consider the television show to take place in an AlternateContinuity from the books.


* AbilityOverAppearance: Creator/SharonSmall was supposedly too pretty to play the plain Barbara Havers, but absolutely nailed the character in the pilot and won author Elizabeth George completely over. Her performance is to this day lauded as one of the best aspects of the series.



* FakeBrit: The very Scottish Sharon Small as the very working-class ''English'' Barbara Havers.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: In this case, the network was the BBC.



* TheOtherDarrin: Lynley's wife Helen was played by three separate actresses: Emma Fielding in the pilot, Lesley Vickerage in series one through three (up until she separated from Lynley), and Catherine Russell in series five.


George is one of only two American writers[[note]]the other is Tony Hillerman[[/note]] whose novels have been adapted for Creator/{{PBS}}' ''MYSTERY!''

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George is one of only two American writers[[note]]the writers[[labelnote:*]]the other is Tony Hillerman[[/note]] Hillerman[[/labelnote]] whose novels have been adapted for Creator/{{PBS}}' ''MYSTERY!''

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