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  • Actors: Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey, Paul Loughran, Nicholas Murchie, Ceallach Spellman
  • Writers: Cath Staincliffe, Karen Hill
  • Producers: Jane Macnaught, Josh Dynevor
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XUF6C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "BLUE MURDER, SET 2" on IMDb

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A top cop dedicated to her job and devoted to her family.

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. Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Men Behaving Badly) brings sensitivity, passion, and wry humor to her role as a woman balancing the demands of a high-risk, high-profile profession with the need to nurture her high-maintenance family. Ian Kelsey (Casualty) co-stars as DI Richard Mayne, Janine's sexy second in command - a source of romantic and sometimes professional tension on their tight-knit team.

In four taut crime dramas, Blue Murder realistically depicts the everyday toils and triumphs of police work alongside the insistent tug of family life for a single mother.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE text interviews with stars Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey and cast filmographies.

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The first season of Blue Murder was very good; the second season verges on great. It may not reach the brittle heights of Prime Suspect--the writing isn't as psychologically rich--but it's in the same weight class. DCI Janine Lewis (Caroline Quentin, Jonathan Creek) isn't a super-sleuth. She's a single mother with four kids, an uneasy relationship with her ex-husband, and sexual tension with her lead detective, Richard Mayne (tall and handsome Ian Kelsey). She runs her investigative team with brisk efficiency, while her home life tends towards chaos. She navigates the twisty plots of these four episodes not through lightning bursts of deduction, but by piecing evidence together bit by bit--and this diligence is wonderfully engaging. Seemingly simple events slowly unveil a more complex and troubling story: A drowned dog leads to identical twins and infidelity; a mean prank draws four men into murder and revenge; robbery, hit and run, and the killing of a cop are intricately connected. During the investigation of a missing child, Mayne starts a new relationship and Lewis starts to lose her cool reserve. Careful plotting, vivid dialogue, solid acting from all the regulars (particularly Paul Loughran and Nicholas Murchie as Lewis's detective sergeants), and consistently sharp turns from the guest cast make Blue Murder a must-see for any fan of American police procedurals like Law & Order or CSI. Who would have guessed, when Quentin was a supporting player on Men Behaving Badly, that she'd become such a superb dramatic actor? --Bret Fetzer

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Good murder mysteries too.
Sally Puryear
It's a great pick for a Sunday afternoon on a rainy day.
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I also like that the characters are all heavily flawed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
"Blue Murder, Set 2,"a crime drama/police procedural, chronicles the doings of a Manchester-based contemporary female British detective who's both a top cop and a single mum to four. It was made by British Independent Television (ITV), and is a ratings hit in the United Kingdom, but has not yet been broadcast here. It is, inevitably, reminiscent of Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect 1; though the mysteries tend to be somewhat kinder and gentler.

In the lead role, DSI Janine Lewis, Caroline Quentin(Jonathan Creek - Season One, Men Behaving Badly - The Complete Collection (The Original British TV Series)) gets a chance to prove herself a substantial actress, as well as a talented comedienne. In her job, she faces drive-by shootings, abducted children, and police corruption; at home, the, praises be, no longer all that young, nor all that slim, detective interviews nanny candidates, and attempts to comfort her bullied young son. Ian Kelsey ("Casualty") co-stars as her second in command, handsome DI Richard Mayne; he provides romantic and sometimes professional tension. And as Detective Schapp, Nicholas Murchie turns in particularly flavorful performances. The series is filmed on location in Manchester, a busy Midlands city that we don't get to see much of here, and it looks good. Enough extras have been hired so that the city bustles as it should, too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sally Puryear on February 5, 2008
I love this lady. She is an excellent copper and is so different from Jane Tennison. I love her of course. This lady is married and has four children. She is tempted to have a cozy with her partner Richard. They never quite make it together. So she balances her family with her job and breakfast is a funny business. Good murder mysteries too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosamund Simpson on February 8, 2008
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best female detective series from the Brits available. Great action, not too gory and believable characters
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shakespeare Lover on August 16, 2008
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I love this series. The detective played by Carolyn Quentin is so human and funny and smart. I love how each episode gives us a glimpse of her challenging family life (single mother, 4 children!) and how she manages to balance that life with her career as a Detective Inspector. I love her 2nd in command, Ian Kelsey, and the wonderful sexual tension between the two. I live in hope they will ultimately get together for I have a suspicion they just might "make it."
The mysteries in each episode are very good and engrossing and Janine and her team always bring them to very satisfying conclusions. I hope the series will continue for a long time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on June 13, 2008
HIT AND RUN - Two crimes, two deaths, two lines come together in the course of the enquiry. The tricky intricacies of the two lines and how they get together is the core of the film. So you'll have to watch it to know. The first line is a hit and run with an officially reported stolen car But the hit and run was caused by the stress of the mission the driver was on. The second line is that of illegal immigration from Eastern Europe: girls who come to England to be nothing but whores and eventually barmaids, to cover up the deal. And then you add to that a fictitious pimp who looks and sounds like Bizet's famous invisible Arlésienne. What appears clearly in this episode is that the author cooled down the DCS and insisted on the social and political problem treated here. Quite a good job. FRAGILE RELATIONS - Here, Manchester explodes with another social problem, that of the large Moslem Pakistani community. It all spins around a mosque and a young mullah who is assassinated. You double this side of the problem with the militancy of a racist party and its leader and you have an explosive situation and some would like to excuse the lack of a real enquiry with the danger of this explosive social, religious and ethnic situation. The film shows how the English have set up a local police corps entirely composed of members of the community to do the police work in this community, and one of the members of that unit will be the interface between the Manchester criminal unit and the mosque officials and community and that's how the truth will finally come up and out, how too the female Inspector will be able to enter the inner circle of the mosque without creating any resentment. UP IN SMOKE - Another social situation, a crematorium mind you.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
I've been a fan of Caroline Quentin ever since I saw her in 'Jonathan Creek'. When I discovered the series 'Blue Murder', I was overjoyed that there was more crime drama goodness out there with her in it. One box set later, I can safely say that my love affair with Quentin is still going strong.

The plots in this set range from the disappearance & possible murder of a small child to the investigation of a fallen cop that uncovers some dirty secrets. Throughout it all, Janine (Quentin) must attempt to juggle not only her busy & challenging job as the chief inspector with her family & personal life. With some of her cases hitting a little too close to home, it's no easy task.

The great thing about this series is that it is episodic, similar to series such as 'Law & Order'. You can watch one episode without watching everything prior to it & despite the somewhat complicated overlying plot arcs, it's still rather easy to explain what is going on to the newcomers. (My mother sat & watched this set with me & picked up on the plot with little to no problem.)

I also like that the characters are all heavily flawed. It's one thing to have a set of slick & overly pretty characters who are all in love with each other, but it's another to have a set of characters who get drunk, act stupid & make mistakes. (Caroline Quentin playing a drunk Janine is just awesome.)

Basically, if you want an awesome British series, watch this one. It's not as glamorous seeming as some of the other stuff that's come out of the UK, but is is one of the grittiest & most realistic series that's come out in a while.
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