"The most popular program on British TV" (London Evening Standard
) returns with more old-school crime solving and witty banter. Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast
) and her team of aging cops tackle cold cases abandoned by the Metropolitan Police. Each detective has a fair share of personal demons: Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Biederbecke Affair
) is haunted by his wife's murder. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney
) has a troubled relationship with his daughter. Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Bleak House
) battles the bottle, and Sandra seeks the truth about her family's shady past.
Seen on public television, this long running, critically acclaimed British series features smart writing, compelling stories, likeable characters, and a top-notch cast of seasoned actors and guest stars including Claire Bloom (The King's Speech
), James Fox (A Passage to India
), David Troughton (Norman Conquests
), and Ronald Pickup (Lillie
). 8 episodes, 3 DVDs, approx. 467 minutes, SDH.
Episode 1: Spare Parts
When Jack meets his nemesis, Ricky Hanson, in court, Hanson's attorney ruthlessly discredits each member of the team. Reinvestigating the murder of a wealthy businessman who left a fortune to a prostitute, the team uncovers an organ-donor racket.
Episode 2: Final Curtain
Jack is AWOL after Hanson's trial, and an ambitious young recruit steps in. The group examines the cold case of an actor's death when a biography by his daughter reveals new evidence.
Episode 3: A Face for Radio
The team investigates a 10-year-old arson at an '80s music radio station that killed a controversial DJ. With Jack still missing, Sandra, Brian, and Gerry threaten to quit rather than work with a replacement.
Episode 4: Loyalties and Royalties
With the team on the brink of disbanding, Brian tracks down Jack and persuades him to return. Gerry meets his heroes, the '70s rock band Bad Faith, when a deathbed confession casts doubt on the lead guitarist's apparent suicide more than 30 years ago.
Episode 5: Couldn't Organize One
The team reopens the intoxicating case of a suspicious death at a brewery. The case holds special meaning for Sandra because the original investigator, a crooked cop, was her father's colleague.
Episode 6: Magic Majestic
Nothing is what it seems when the team takes on the case of a magic trick that ended in murder. Brian plays dangerous mind games with a magician, Gerry agrees to be hypnotized, and a dead man's brother proves a master of illusion.
Episode 7: Communal Living
Struggling to control his alcoholism, Brian takes refuge in a commune under investigation for the unexplained death of a university student. While Sandra is suspicious about the commune and its ways, Brian defends it--until another body turns up.
Episode 8: Mad Dogs
When the team reinvestigates the 1991 death of a British soldier, a spook from the Ministry of Defense warns them off the case. An unlikely alliance begins, rules are broken, a cover-up unravels, and Brian succumbs to his demons.
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 467 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Engagingly different detective drama"--Daily Mail (UK)
"Offbeat, amusing, and well written"--Deseret News
"Lighthearted whodunit" --The Times (UK)
"The most popular program on British TV" --London Evening Standard
Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, TRIC Award Winner for TV Crime Programme (2009)
Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award Nomination for Soap/Series (TV) (2007)