Sexy, ambitious Superintendent Sandra Pullman leads the Metropolitan Police Force's Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) in this affable police drama. Her team: Three aging former detectives lured out of retirement. Gerry Standing is a womanizer, Brian Lane is clinically depressed, and Jack Halford has conversations with his dead wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime-busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes, or are the old ways--a blend of guile and hunches--still best?
Amanda Redman (At Home with the Braithwaites), Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney), Alun Armstrong (Bleak House), and James Bolam (Beiderbecke Trilogy) star in this long-running, award-winning British series, an "unstoppable ratings monster" (London Sunday Telegraph) in the U.K. A drama with tongue firmly in cheek, deftly written and perfectly cast, it's a "gale-force blast of fresh air" (Radio Times, U.K.). Season 1 includes the Pilot and 6 episodes, 437 min. on 3 DVDs.
As punishment for messing up a kidnap rescue and shooting a dog in the process Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is assigned to the newly created unsolved murder squad. Due to a manpower shortage her team is made up of veteran detectives seconded back into the police force who bring a 1970's attitude to modern policing rather than vice versa. The team's first case is to re-investigate a twenty year old murder conviction which has suddenly become unsafe due to police corruption. Sifting through the lies, dubious motives and the police cover up during the first investigation, the unorthodox methods of the dinosaur detectives eventually discover what really happened twenty years ago, clearing up two murders and an armed robbery in the process!
The team investigate the murder of a policewoman 17 years ago, but what is Sandra's connection, and what secrets from her days at Hendon are revealed?
Sir Tim is Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. He discovers that some of the pictures in his charge are fakes. But they never used to be. Was his predecessor making money on the side?
The team investigate the murder of a young peace protester, killed near a nuclear base in 1984. Was it a cover-up?
A ten year old boy is killed on a golf course. 20 years later the team investigate but face obstruction from a snobbish golf club committee who struggle to keep women out of the bar and to protect the memory of a Falklands war hero.
The team investigate the disappearance of an attractive young mum and her six-month old son in the 1970s. They also have to submit to a physical and psychological assessment.
Jack Halford hopes a clairvoyant will put him in touch with his late wife. Instead he is contacted by a girl who disappeared twenty years earlier.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 437 minutes
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
"Fresh, original and funny" - The Guardian (U.K.)
"A masterclass in effortless character acting" - The Guardian (U.K.)
"Crack cast" - The Guardian (U.K.)
"Deftly humorous...a treat" - The Independent (London)
"Light-hearted whodunnit...undemanding fun" - The Times (London)
"Stylish, smart, and witty" - Daily Express (U.K.)
"Great comic chemistry...sharp and witty" - The Mirror (London)
"On its way to becoming a national treasure" - Radio Times (U.K.)
"It's not hard to see how six seasons later, the show is still going strong in the U.K." - DVD Verdict
Television and Radio Industries Club Awards Winner for TV Crime Programme (2009)