Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DVD Review : SUSPECTS, Series 1 & 2

SUSPECTS, Series 1 & 2 (DVD Debut) - “Absorbing and smart TV” (The Telegraph) - Suspects offers a fresh and original British procedural crime drama set in London that tackles difficult subjects with gritty authenticity. Filmed in the style of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, the series relies on the cast to develop their own dialogue, creating a uniquely realistic tone. Fay Ripley (Cold Feet, New Tricks, Reggie Perrin), Damien Molony (Being Human, Ripper Street) andClare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men, Top Boy) star as East London CID officers. (DVD 3-Disc set, 9 episodes, $49.99). Premiered on Acorn TV.

My Thoughts

Suspects is an exciting crime drama set in modern day London. The series primarily centers around three detectives--Jack Weston, Martha Bellamy, and Charlie Steele. Each character has their own personality which sometimes leads to conflict, but for the most part, they are a team to be reckoned with.  There are nine episodes in this two series set including:
Series 1, Episode 1 - A two year old is kidnapped and his parents and siblings are the main suspects.

Series 1, Episode 2 - There is chaos at a local night club when the owner is assaulted, his sister is in a coma, and a body is found in the alley.

Series 1, Episode 3 - The wife of the superintendent is raped.

 Series 1, Episode 4 - A terminally ill businessman turns up dead after an argument. Was it a mercy killing or cold blooded murder?

Series 1, Episode 5 - A woman is stabbed in the park. She makes it to the hospital in a taxi but dies shortly after.  But why didn't the cab driver all the cops?

Series 2, Episode 1 - A barrister is attacked with a hammer. Was it a random sex-crime or the mentally ill neighbor?

Series 2, Episode 2 - There is another attack with a hammer and the team fears a serial offender is on the loose. Is it the schizophrenic neighbor they let out on bail?

 Series 2, Episode 3 - When the prime suspect in a pedophile ring gets released, Jack wants to take  matters into his own hands.

Series 2, Episode 4  - Jack is found at the scene of a murder--of the pedophile everyone knew was on his hit list. Did he really do it?
This was a fantastic DVD set. Each episode is packed with action, and getting two seasons in one box set makes it a great deal as well! If you'd like to grab a copy of this fantastic series for yourself, it is available now on Acorn Media and on Amazon.