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BLUE MURDER, SET 4

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In the squad room, the cops on the Manchester murder investigation unit call Janine Lewis Boss. At home, the kids simply call her Mum. In both places, she manages to keep everybody in line but just barely with a firm yet affectionate hand. Award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life Begins) brings astonishing dramatic depth to her role as a chief detective and single mom trying to balance the demands of career and family. Ian Kelsey (Casualty) costars as Janine s fiercely loyal second in command and erstwhile romantic interest.

This six-episode set sees Janine tackle some of her most baffling cases yet: the murders of an illegal Belarusian émigré, a suburban cheerleading coach, a rock star about to break into the big time, and more. In Blue Murder s signature style, heart-tugging domestic drama and good-natured workplace ribbing leaven each suspenseful, grimly realistic mystery.

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Blue Murder Set 4, comprised of six episodes from this epic crime-drama serial, is perhaps the best yet. If one is left craving the outlandish murder details of previous episodes, one feels completely satisfied for getting more deeply acquainted with Detective Constable Inspector Janine Lewis (Caroline Quentin) and her daily life juggling career and family. Since 2003, Blue Murder has been a fabulous success in its balance of crime with character development. In this fifth series, Detective Lewis and her team, including D.I. Richard Mayne (Ian Kelsey) and Detective Tony Schap (Nicholas Murchie), do solve several bizarre murder mysteries, but the emphasis is on Lewis's means of handling maximum stress, as a policewoman and mother. Opening the season is a two-episode saga, "Private Sins," in which a Russian immigrant is found dead with little to go on other than forged passports and a sexy Russian partner, who Detective Schap gets a little too involved with. While the detective work is gripping, what is most finely rendered here are the hardships Lewis's children face while their mother is too busy at work, and the methods she uses to win them over. "Tooth and Claw," however, involves a highly original crime plot involving a strangling that occurs on a remote hillside. It is fascinating to observe how the police squad's forensics and questioning change to accommodate rural populations and lack of resources. Also fascinatingly bizarre is the murder that takes place in the opening scene for "Having It All." In it, teenager Melanie Gaskell Gaskell (Natasha Thompson-Wild) discovers her mother killed in her garage. While all episodes do show the viewer reasoning and politics behind each case, these feel so sincerely realistic because one begins to truly understand the anxieties that accompany such a difficult job. Quentin is so well-cast, and is as convincing as ever as a woman who seeks balance between loyalty to her employees, her children, and herself. Issues such as income raises, jobs in peril, and other such crises add a dose of social realism to these outlandish, morbid murder plots. And as before, the Manchester dialect and slang is a joy to the ear for an American who likes to consider cultural similarities and differences. --Trinie Dalton

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  • Actors: Caroline Quentin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 271 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O7R772
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"Blue Murder: Set 4," the latest available television episodes in the hit British mystery series/police procedural, arrives on these shores. The Blue Murder pilot debuted in the U.K. in May 2003, on ITV (Independent Television Stations); where it drew almost 8.4 million viewers, a number seldom heard of there. The series, which was created by native midlands author Cath Staincliffe, has continued to do very well in the U.K., consistently ranking number one in its time slot. It has, unfortunately for us, never aired on broadcast TV here: the "San Francisco Chronicle" calls it "The best British mystery you haven't seen...." Luckily, we can at least get it on DVD; this 2-volume boxed set runs approximately 271 minutes; it includes all six episodes from Series 5, which will air in the U.K. in 2009. (Acorn Media has released all previous episodes in Sets 1-3.) Even more luckily, Acorn Media has given us subtitles, as this set, like its predecessors, is located in Manchester. And, while the Manchester accent and usage fall interestingly on the ear, we're not familiar with them this side of the pond.

To begin with Manchester, it sure has cleaned up very well: centuries of black industrial grime gone, revealing a beautiful city, with interesting, varied architecture. And a diverse, varied population: the M.E. in the current series is surely a descendant of the Indian subcontinent. The series stars the talented, award-winning actress Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly - The Complete Collection (The Original British TV Series);
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I have seasons 1 thru 3 of this series and must say it is quite good. A female is promoted to DI over a bunch of British detectives and she tries to balance her stressed personal life with managing her subordinates and solve crimes. The episodes are short, but the story is developed quickly and is very suspenseful. One could compare this series to "Prime Suspect" but it is really quite different, with a bit of humor thrown in. The only real similarity is the fact that a woman is the key character. If you are into British mysteries then this is a series that you will want to watch.
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Originally took a blind leap buying Set 1 because of Caroline Quentin's work in Jonatrhan Creek. As soon as my wife and I started watching this clever and very well made series we were hooked. I have since purchased all available episodes and can't wait for the next installment.
Give this wonderful series a try, you won't be disappointed.
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3.5 stars. DCI Janine Lewis and her Greater Manchester Priority Homicide squad are back for several more helpings of murder and mayhem in the fourth season of this top British crime series. The show has always had high production values, but this set debuts spiffy new opening titles that hint at a bigger budget due to the show's success. I was gratified to see that this season includes 6 episodes, which we haven't enjoyed since the show's debut season--last year's paltry 3-episode set is doubled here. Set 4 features some of the most complex storylines to date, as DS Shapp (Nick Murchie) and DI Mayne (Ian Kelsey) both get to shine in individual episode arcs. In addition to displaying that contemporary Manchester has shed its grimy, industrial image and is in fact a vital, attractive urban center deserving the moniker "The London of the North", one of the episodes ventures to the surrounding countryside, showing verdant, rolling hills and pastoral life as well. So much to like, but I have a few twinges of regret, too; much like its American counterpart, "The Closer", as this much-lauded series has become an established success, some of the quirky charm of earlier days has been sacrificed to the well-oiled machine. This set is the darkest in tone yet, as DCI Lewis wrestles with some significant problems at home, and wonders whether a career change is in order--she's been offered a promotion to a desk job with nothing to recommend it except its regular hours. Also unresolved remains the frustratingly platonic flirtation between Lewis and her second-in-command, Richard. The sooner these two (or rather, the screenwriters) can find a way to remove the professional impediment to their personal relationship going forward, the better for us!Read more ›
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I still love it after four seasons. The trials and tribulations this season with her children were very realistic for what families can go through when the Mom works a high stress job.
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This is a very good series with a woman chief inspector and her unit of detectives. She is divorced with three children and in constant tension between the competing tugs of both roles. She is off and on interested in her second in command but until this fourth series he has been unwilling to commit to one woman. These are good mysteries but nothing spectacular. I couldn't help comparing it to its predecessor, Helen Mirren as the chief in Prime Suspect. This series is not that good but it is entertaining and is good runner up in the woman in charge mystery series. Give it a try. I've watched all 4 and don't regret it.

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