Sexy, ambitious Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) leads the cold case squad of the Metropolitan Police in this affable British drama. Her team includes three aging former detectives lured out of retirement. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) is a womanizer, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Bleak House) is clinically depressed, and Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair) has conversations with his dead wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime-busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes? Or are old-fashioned hunches and footwork still best?
The masterful performances and top-tier guest stars make 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 "the crime show to watch" (Daily Post, U.K.). 8 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 466 minutes, SDH.
Episode 1: Lady's Pleasure
Five years ago, a teacher died at the wheel of her husband's prized sports car. Now he wants the car back, inspiring Sandra to reopen the investigation. Her only clue: a photo of a small tattoo in a very private place.
Episode 2: Dockers
Reinvestigating the 1975 death of a union boss, the team steps into a political minefield. Was his death murder or suicide? Did he steal money from the union? And why is a Labour peer so interested?
Episode 3: Old Dogs
With a serial dog killer stalking Hampstead Heath, Sandra and her team dust off a 30-year-old case. The cruelty of the crimes affects Brian's judgment, especially when his beloved dog, Scruffy, dies.
Episode 4: Diamond Geezers
A notorious criminal returns to England to bury his father, leading the team to reopen the unsolved case of a murdered police informant. The investigation heats up quickly, and Brian goes undercover.
Episode 5: Wicca Work
The team takes a fresh look at the decade-old murder of a librarian when a woman insists witchcraft was involved--the victim had belonged to a coven. Brian suspects human sacrifice, and Jack has visions of his dead wife.
Episode 6: Bank Robbery
After 17 years on the run, an informant surfaces with new evidence about a deadly unsolved robbery. A crook-turned-celebrity proves to be an unwilling suspect, and Gerry must team with an old rival to solve the crime.
Episode 7: Ice Cream Wars
Ten years ago, a feud between two rival ice-cream businesses turned nasty when someone was shot. The original investigation focused on suspects outside of both victims' families. This time, the team looks closer to home.
Episode 8: Congratulations
New evidence leads to an arsonist's early release from prison. Free and allegedly reformed, he wants his case reopened to right old wrongs. Meanwhile, a young woman arrives at Gerry's flat claiming to be his daughter.
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 463 minutes, plus bonus programming (20 minutes)
Number of discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
SDH: Yes, main program only
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR (Due to music rights, this program has been modified for home video presentation.)
"Excellent crime series"--Daily Mail (UK)
"Enjoyably mischievous"--The Sunday Times (UK)
"Cutting-edge Brit TV"--The Guardian (UK)
"Unstoppable ratings monster"--The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"The crime show to watch"--Liverpool Daily Post (UK)
Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, TRIC Award Winner for TV Crime Programme (2009)