For eight years, the old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad-veteran detectives Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow's Law), and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney)-have been a close-knit team. Led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast), their beautiful, much younger boss, they have solved cold cases with classic policing skills and easy camaraderie. That changes in an instant when Jack drops a bombshell: he's quitting. Retiring. And this time, he means it.
Before long, Sandra finds a replacement. Retired Glasgow detective Steve McAndrew (Emmy® nominee Denis Lawson, Bleak House, Star Wars) is a chatty, cheerful Scot. He treads on toes but ultimately gives the hit British series a "charm injection" (Huffpost UK). Season Nine guest stars include James Wilby (Island at War, Gosford Park), Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Susannah Harker (Pride and Prejudice), and Tim McInnerny (Blackadder) as Stephen Fisher. 10 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 590 minutes, SDH.
Episode 1: A Death in the Family
Shadowy Whitehall intelligence figure Stephen Fisher arrives to tell the team about their coldest case so far: a 160-year-old murder. Then Jack stuns the others by announcing that he's quitting.
Episode 2: Old School Ties
When a body is found near an elite boarding school, the team reinvestigates the disappearance of a young PE teacher five years earlier. Preparing for a visit from a prominent MP, the school isn't very helpful. Brian, meanwhile, struggles to keep a secret.
Episode 3: Queen and Country
Did a young diplomat commit suicide, or was she murdered? She had suffered personal tragedy and professional disgrace shortly before her death, but Sandra isn't convinced. Ignoring warnings from her boss, Sandra explores a possible cover-up at the Foreign Office.
Episode 4: The Girl Who Lived
In 2003, a 17-year-old girl went missing in Scotland and was presumed dead. When her DNA turns up at the scene of a recent London robbery, retired Glasgow detective Steve McAndrew arrives to help. A bundle of Scottish energy, he immediately ruffles feathers.
Episode 5: Body of Evidence
The body of a computer expert turns up in the wrong place-the morgue of a teaching hospital-under a false name. The case pulls the team into the high-tech world of online hacktivism, and Brian has a hard time accepting Steve as the new team member.
Episode 6: Love Means Nothing in Tennis
Two years earlier, 16-year-old tennis champion Alice Kemp fell to her death from a balcony after losing a crucial match. Did she jump, or was she pushed? As the team looks for answers, Gerry wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sports ambitions.
Episode 7: Dead Poets
The team reopens the case of Sean Docherty, a talented young Belfast poet whose burned body was discovered 10 years ago in a known gangster's scrapyard. Gerry believes the murder was related to Sean's criminal connections, but Brian is sure the answer lies in his poetry.
Episode 8: Blue Flower
In 2007, Max Klein, an East German immigrant, bled to death. His mysterious last words: "blue flower." Piecing together his story, the team learns that Klein once had connections with the Stasi, East Germany's dreaded secret police. But did he work for them or against them?
Episode 9: Glasgow UCOS
Strickland sends Gerry and Steve to Glasgow to help with the formation of a new Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad. Once there, the two are caught up in a case from 1993, the still-unsolved murder of a wealthy bookie, and Steve comes face-to-face with an old adversary.
Episode 10: Parts of a Whole
Someone has just tried to kill Stephen Fisher, and Strickland may be next. Thirty years earlier, both were part of a group involved in a covert operation for MI-5. Other members of the group are already dead. Strickland turns to Sandra and her team for help.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 590 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains coarse language
"TV's top-rated drama"--The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"A 'must' for fans of British mysteries"--Wisconsin Bookwatch
"Finely crafted"--The Australian