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|Blue Murder Set 3|
Actor: Caroline Quentin
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
A single-mom cop who brooks no nonsense at home or on the job. 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 super... more »
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Police Procedural with a Domestic Side
Stephanie DePue | Carolina Beach, NC USA | 06/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Blue Murder, Set 3,"debuts on DVD, available on this side of the pond for the first time. The show, a crime drama/police procedural, leavened with some sly humor, and a domestic side, is made by the British firm Independent Television (ITV)and is a ratings hit in the U.K.,where it consistently ranks #1 in its primetime slot.
Caroline Quentin ("Jonathan Creek," "Men Behaving Badly,"), an award-winning actress, plays Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis, and reveals that she's got solid dramatic chops, as well as comic ones. She supervises a squad in the contemporary English midlands city of Manchester; but she's also a single mum of four, who finds it equally difficult to supervise goings-on in her own home. Ian Kelsey ("Casualty") plays her handsome lead detective, source of some romantic and professional stress. Nicholas Murchie stands out as Detective Schapp.
The series inevitably will be compared to Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect," although the mysteries in this series are lighter than, not as powerful as, some in the other series. However, the three new mysteries are set in Manchester, and filmed there: it's a bustling town we don't often get to see. And it's been filmed with a liberal hand, no shortage of cars and people in the streets, bars, police station. The actors have been encouraged to use local accent and slang, which add greatly to the pleasure of the production, and the distributor, Acorn has been kind enough to give us - unadvertised - subtitles, thank goodness.
Episode 1, "Not A Matter of Life and Death," concerns the murder of black footballer Duane Kent, a rising star in the local youth league. Investigation seems to indicate that he led a - puzzling--double life.
Episode 2, "Desperate Measures," concerns Dr. Donald Halliwell, shot dead outside his office while in the midst of a much-publicized malpractice suit. Then a disgruntled intern in his practice turns up missing. Investigation shows irregularities in Halliwell's life, and practice, motives for murder.
Episode 3,"Crisis Management." We learn that DCI Lewis tells strangers-- in this case, a handsome army man met at a pub--that that's what she does. But there's almost immediately a vicious murder on his regiment's base, only a week before its deployment to the Persian Gulf. This episode has some strong character arcs, and traction.
If you like a lighter, female-headed, female-oriented mystery, with a domestic angle, and a sly streak of comedy, check it out.
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 09/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Everywhere you look now
Down on your knees
Everywhere that you turn it's murder
Everywhere you look there's murder."
Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis is one of those great women characters who is able to run her work family, and her home family with equal distinction. It's a great balance but she is also warm and emotionally available, endearing her to her family at home, and the ones at work. There is good humor in both places, and, at the same time the seriousness of both jobs come through. Janine lives and works in Manchester and her team at work is a an interesting mix of personalities and unique strengths. They work well together and even disagreements are looked at realistically. Janine is looked at as the leader with great respect by her team. In fact the popularity of the show, this is their fifth season, lies in Caroline Quentin's hands as DCI Lewis.
The cast of the British, BBC series is superb and through the five years we get to know each one. Ian Kelsey plays DI Richard Mayne. He is the good looking, best ass in Manchester is his call, man who once was Janine's equal until he left for the South. He is back, divorced, and quite attracted to Janine. Janine's husband left her for a younger woman, and she is available and playful but not quite yet.
Nicolas Murchie is DS Tony Shap. He is a short man and plays to that weakness and is known at times to play a little loose with the rules. He is a good chap and works hard.
Paul Loughran is DS Ian Butchers, a roly poly lad, who loves his job and worships DCI Lewis. He can be counted upon to take on the toughest,most mundane jobs and find information no one else can uncover.
Rhea Bailey plays DC Lisa Goodall, she is new to the team and technically inclined. She wants above all to be one of the team, and DI Mayne has taken her under his wing. She goofs up at times, but is learning the ropes.
This is an entertaining new detective series that will appeal especially to British mystery buffs. The episodes, 4 in each DVD, are expertly written, directed and acted. The city of Manchester in the UK looks alive and welcoming in this series. The crimes are as they would be in any large city, murder sweeps the streets, and it is up to DCI Lewis and her team to solve them. And, as is not true in real life, each murder is solved, with twists and turns that are unexpected. This is a series that will captivate you. It is essentially about families, the relationships of families at work and at home. The tensions and stress we all live and feel, and the good times are shared. They are shared with us, the viewing family.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-21-08
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Blue Murder; Set 3
Madeline C. Conn | 03/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will eventually buy all sets of this series. I really enjoy British mysteries although sometimes I have to listen very closely because they have a slang just as we Americans do and I do not always understand their meaning until I watch it again."
Serving Up Another Helping of Everyone's Favorite Domestic D
Hikari | Lima, OH USA | 10/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Set Three of this quirky British crime drama anchored by Caroline Quentin was so eagerly awaited, I purchased it sight unseen. It was great to be reunited with DCI Lewis' Greater Manchester priority homicide squad: dishy DI Richard Mayne (Ian Kelsey), with whom Janine shared a steamy nocturnal kiss at the end of last season; resident comedy duo Shap and Butchers, the yin and yang of detective sargeants, and young junior detective Lisa Goodall, played by Rhea Bailey. I was happy to see everyone again, but rather disappointed in the storylines this outing, which fail to hit the very high mark set by last season, the finale episode "Steady Eddie" in particular. These are forgettable at best, though an episode focusing on murder on a military base does remind viewers this side of the Pond that there are other countries involved in the Iraqi conflict. A bigger disappointment still is that there are only three measly episodes in this set, compared with 6 in the first season and 4 in the second. An entertaining behind-the-scenes featurette is good fun and shows us that this cast gets along as well behind the camera as they do in front of it, but it doesn't make up for an entire episode. British series tend to make up for in quality what they lack in quantity, but three episodes is thin by any standard, for the price. After getting hooked on this and other quality British crime dramas, it's hard to be satisfied with "Law & Order" . . .but we need more! The endless revolving door of nannies and the child actors playing Janine's children can make it confusing to keep up with the domestic side of Janine's existence, but her work 'family' keeps her grounded in her particular brand of frazzled reality."