On the job, Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis deals with the ugly side of human nature, investigating Manchester's most gruesome crimes. At home, she's a harried but dedicated single mother of four, struggling to balance her challenging career with the stress and rewards of family life. Award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life of Riley
) perfectly captures Lewis's strength and vulnerability as she balances work and family, aided by her handsome, dedicated partner (Ian Kelsey, Casualty
) and her occasionally skeptical boss (David Schofield, Gladiator
). This complete collection follows the gritty realities of Lewis's career from her initial promotion through personal and professional ups and downs-always presented with a touch of wry humor and keen observations about modern motherhood. 19 episodes, approx. 19 1/2 hours on 9 DVDs.
Set 1 (Discs 1-3)
Newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis commands a close-knit police team that probes some of Manchester's most gruesome murders. And, as a single mother, she tends four children at home, handling crises that range from head lice to teenage tippling. Janine throws herself into every challenge with energy and passion--even when her professional and personal lives collide.
Set 2 (Discs 4-5)
On the job, Janine Lewis deals with drive-by executions, decomposed bodies, and abducted children. At home, she interviews nannies, schedules parent-teacher conferences, and bolts breakfast on the run. Such is the life of a detective chief inspector on the Manchester police force who also happens to be a single mum raising four kids.
Set 3 (Discs 6-7)
When strangers ask Janine Lewis what she does for a living, she tells them, "crisis management." And she's not kidding. As detective chief inspector, she supervises a squad of cops investigating some of Manchester's most brutal, highly publicized crimes. As a single mom, she wrestles with soccer practices, field trips, and schoolwork for her four children. She handles her daily crises with energy and aplomb, protecting her kids as well as the detectives under her command with a fierce maternal affection.
Set 4 (Discs 8-9)
In the squad room, the cops on the Manchester murder investigation unit call Janine Lewis "Boss." At home, the kids simply call her "Mum." In both places, she manages to keep everybody in line--but just barely--with a firm yet affectionate hand. Award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life of Riley) brings astonishing dramatic depth to her role as a chief detective and single mom trying to balance the demands of career and family. Ian Kelsey (Casualty) costars as Janine's fiercely loyal second in command and erstwhile romantic interest.
- Text interviews with stars Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey
- Behind-the-scenes documentary
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 19 1/2 hours, plus bonus programming
Number of discs: 9
Color or B&W: Color
CC: Yes, Sets 2-4
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"The most fascinating British female cop since Jane Tennison"--San Francisco Chronicle
"Quentin is marvelous."--Connecticut Post
"The best British mystery you haven't seen."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Intricate storytelling, convincing characterizations and pleasing plot twists are the hallmarks of this whodunit"--DVD Talk
National Television Awards (UK) Nomination for Most Popular Actress (Caroline Quentin, 2005)