Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect) brings her trademark intensity and depth of characterization to this gripping British crime series. Each feature-length drama traces a crime from commission to courtroom, revealing the complex motives and machinations of the police, the accused, and the attorneys. At the same time, the series never loses sight of the victims and their families, compassionately showing the scars left as a consequence of crime.
David Hayman (Hope and Glory) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) star as DCS Mike Walker and DCI Roisin Connor, two former rivals who share a fanatical devotion to their profession. In these three cases, they investigate a schoolteacher's murder complicated by racial tensions, the tragic death of a toddler, and the killing of a politically prominent couple in their home. Created by the "playwright laureate of women crime-stoppers" (NPR's Weekend Edition), this unflinching detective drama boasts innovative direction and daring storytelling. 3 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 408 minutes.
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Volume XII: Paradise Lost
The brutal rape and murder of a young white teacher looks like an open-and-shut case. The victim's black boyfriend has a criminal record and a feeble alibi, and the forensic evidence seems damning. But has unconscious racism distorted Connor's view of the facts? With accusations poisoning the atmosphere, she and her colleagues must find the killer in a community increasingly hostile to the police.
Volume XIII: Curriculum Vitae
Harried single mom Suzy MacDonald returns home from a business trip to find her precious 18-month-old daughter dead in her crib. Connor and Walker focus their attention on the recently hired nanny, who has vanished with Suzy's car. But the mysterious young lady proves particularly adept at covering her tracks.
Volume XIV: Mirror Image
A small fortune in missing jewels at a murder scene suggests a botched burglary. The victims' wealth and status--a police commander and his magistrate wife--put added pressure on Walker and Connor to find the perpetrator, fast. But as the police probe the family's unsavory secrets, Connor's suspicions fall on the couple's sons, despite their apparently airtight alibi.
- Biography of creator Lynda La Plante
- Photo galleries
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 408 minutes
Number of discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Full of great writing and great acting"--EW.com
"A British spin on the Law & Order format"--The Boston Globe
"Gritty crime-drama series"--Evening Standard (London)
"Great crime series"--NPR
"Think of it as a grittier (no surprise there) "Law & Order."...Stylistically though, "Trial" is more innovative"--The Washington Times
"Smartly crafted and acted"--San Francisco Chronicle
"So damn addictive that you can't stop watching them"--Film.com
"Absolutely gripping, all the way down the line"--DVD Talk
"Superior to Law & Order thanks to its depth of realism and emotion, on par with La Plante's earlier series, Prime Suspect"--FilmMonthly
"Adapts the Dick Wolf show's format to the British system -- normally a recipe for yawns, but in this case it energizes it in fascinating and compelling ways....Distinguished by great writing and acting... as if there's any other kind in the UK."--IGN Digigod Blog
A "Riveting and convincing drama"--Campus Circle Magazine
"Superb. The best in television."--Elnsiders.com
"This series is masterfully written, and an absolute joy to watch. Lynda La Plante has created an absolute masterpiece."--Blogger News Network
"Top quality crime drama, more brutal than Midsomer Murders but easily its equal in the entertainment stakes."--MemorableTV.com
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment, 1998)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Original Television Music (1998)
Royal Television Society Award (UK) Nomination for Best Single Drama (1998)
Liverpool Echo Arts Award for Best Television Writer (Lynda La Plante, 1997)