Detectives Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow's Law), and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) retired years ago. Then sexy superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) talked them into joining her Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad. Ever since, they've been cracking cold cases, proving that old-school sleuthing skills are still the best way to solve a crime.
Britain's highest-rated TV drama sizzles with wit, camaraderie, and chemistry among its stars. Season Eight takes them from a museum to a zoo and from a biker gang to witness protection in search of killers who thought they were in the clear. Along the way, Gerry signs up for a French cooking class, Sandra copes with a handsome ex, and everyone frets about budget cuts. Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who, The Last Detective), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), and Sheila Hancock (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). 10 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 580 minutes, SDH.
Episode 1: End of the Line
When DNA tests on a suspected robber prove his innocence, they also point to an earlier crime: the 15-year-old murder of an unnamed vagrant on a tube train. The trail leads the team to the victim's posh relatives, and Brian has a run-in with the homeless community.
Episode 2: Lost in Translation
New DNA tests on charred remains from 1996 reveal family ties to a fingerprint analyst at the Home Office, drawing the team into a world of immigration loopholes and Albanian gangs. Meanwhile, Gerry takes a class in French cooking and meets a saucy woman.
Episode 3: Old Fossils
The team reinvestigates a decade-old death at the Natural History Museum. Did senior paleontologist Bernard Fletcher die from a fall, or was he murdered? To solve the case, our aging detectives must walk among dinosaurs.
Episode 4: Moving Target
A psychologist arrives to conduct a study of older men in the workplace and asks the team for help on a personal matter. Years earlier, her brother, a bicycle messenger, was the victim of a hit-and-run that left him with severe memory loss. Now he claims he was a target-and still is.
Episode 5: Object of Desire
Reinvestigating the murder of a respected antiques dealer reunites Sandra with an old flame, DCI James Larson. Will she follow her head or her heart? Meanwhile, Brian faces his own crisis at home. His wife, Esther, is behaving very oddly. Is she having an affair?
Episode 6: Setting Out Your Stall
New information sheds light on the 2009 death of a popular market trader. It seems that she was drugged and killed by a serial rapist, but with that case still ongoing, the team must look elsewhere for clues. It doesn't help when Sandra's mother comes for a visit.
Episode 7: The Gentleman Vanishes
In 2004, a prominent physics professor disappeared from a train bound for Paris. When his wife receives emails from someone claiming to know the reason, the team reopens the case. Then their boss, DAC Strickland, is warned off by a shadowy Whitehall figure.
Episode 8: Only the Brave
When a frightened young woman offers new information about the killing of the leader of a biker gang, the team agrees to take another look at the case-and perhaps prevent a second murder. A former colleague tells Sandra that she is wasting her career.
Episode 9: Half Life
A man found murdered in an alleyway seven years earlier is identified on a website about unsolved crimes. The team reinvestigates the case, but the man seems to have no past. Meanwhile, job cuts are imminent, and Brian and Gerry fear being downsized.
Episode 10: Tiger Tiger
In 2006, when a zookeeper's body was discovered in the tiger enclosure, the death was ruled a tragic accident. New evidence now suggests it was murder. As the team tracks down clues, animal rights activist Brian clashes with the zoo's PR department.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 580 minutes
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Well written and well acted"--Library Journal
"Amusing, off-kilter stories"--Deseret News
"Wonderful performances from terrific TV actors"--Daily Mirror (UK)