Murder in Mind is a 23-episode (2001-2003) BBC crime anthology series, with each episode telling the story of a murder from the killer's point of view. Each episode boasts an All-Star Cast.
Tropes found in Murder in Mind include:
- All for Nothing: "Passion" focuses on Jane, a lonely call centre worker who has no friends (other than her cat) and harbours a deep crush on Stephen, her married boss to the point that she believes that if his wife wasn't in the picture he would return her feelings. When she believes that he is cheating on her wife with Kerry, a fellow worker, she orchestrates a plan to murder Kerry and frame Stephen's wife for the crime thereby taking both of her love rivals out of the picture in one fell swoop. After much meticulous planning Jane manages to accomplish both of these, leaving Kerry dead and Stephen's wife in prison while Jane gets away with everything. However it is all for naught as Stephen plans to move abroad (unable to live with the guilt of what his wife supposedly did) and Jane then learns that he wasn't having a affair with Kerry but another fellow worker (who makes the mistake of telling Jane this while on the roof, causing Jane to push her off to her death).
- Anachronic Order: The episode "Judgement" begins with a barrister being shot to death on the courtroom steps as he leaves a murder case having failed to defend his client from a murder charge. The story is then told in reverse order, detailing how he himself had murdered the woman, a prostitute, after she attempted to blackmail him (her girlfriend being the one to later kill him) and set up his client after getting him off a drug possession charge on a technicality.
- Asshole Victim: A good third of the victims qualify.
- Alan (and later Debra) Squires in "Neighbours" (1x06), to the point where theirs are the only deaths that the show seems to root for, as their killer is never caught or faces a comeuppance.
- Downer Ending: Almost all the episodes end like this, which is what you would expect for a series focusing on murderers.
- An exception to this is "Neighbours" which ends with Nigel successfully murdering the neighbours that had made his life a misery and getting away with it.
- Karma Houdini: Nigel in "Neighbours."
- Only Sane Man: Nigel initially appears to be one in "Neighbours", as he seems to be the only one who notices the amount of noise and mess that Alan has brought to the neighbourhood (with other neighbours, friends and even his wife seemingly unable to appreciate how much his life is being disrupted). It soon becomes clear, however, that instead he is allowing Alan to drive him further and further over the edge as he becomes increasingly manic and later murderous.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: The formula for each episode, in which a protagonist is thrust into murder, sometimes by circumstance, then spends the rest of the episode trying to cover it up.
- Played with in the first series' episode "Motive". Initially, Susannah Harker's character is a very reluctant accomplice in her husband's murder of the babysitter over a winning lottery ticket, but becomes more colder and more homicidal then the husband, who becomes wracked with guilt as the episode continues. The wife pulls a HeelFace Door-Slam on the husband by killing him before he can approach the investigators.