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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen
  • Directors: Roger Gartland, Terry McDonough
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI3CC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eleventh Hour" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four episodes
  • Notes from interviews with Patrick Stewart and Ashley Jensen
  • Cast filmographies

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Product Description

Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) brings his commanding screen presence to the role of Ian Hood, special scientific troubleshooter for the British government. A brilliant professor with a taste for danger, Hood has the scientific acumen, analytical skills, and passion for justice that make him the ideal expert-on-call in a crisis. Backed by his tough-minded bodyguard Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen, Topsy-Turvy, Extras), Hood takes on rogue cloners, ruthless polluters, resurgent viruses, and other menaces at the very frontiers of contemporary science. Created by acclaimed sci-fi writer Stephen Gallagher (Doctor Who), Eleventh Hour delivers high-energy investigations that will keep you on the edge of your seat. "Grips you straightaway." —The Guardian (U.K.)

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Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) brings his impassioned gravitas to the role of Dr. Ian Hood, an advisor for the British government who investigates science-related crimes and conspiracies in Eleventh Hour. This cunning, short-lived series combined the procedural suspense of Prime Suspect with the reality-stretching eeriness of The X-Files; regrettably, it only ran for four episodes and was canceled before it really found its footing. The first two episodes, both written by creator Stephen Gallagher, are the strongest: Taut thrillers that tackle hot-button issues (cloning and pandemic diseases), making the science accessible while cranking up the suspense and horrific images. The crisp writing makes the wary relationship between Hood and his Scottish bodyguard Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen, Extras) different from the usual partner banter. The next two episodes, about global warming and a miracle cure connected to political conspiracy, are significantly weaker. (Admittedly, it's difficult to make gradual global warming a source of dramatic peril, but the hammy dialogue and silly computer programs sink this clumsy episode.) Despite this disappointment, the first two episodes remain vivid and enjoyable. These are smart, spooky thrillers juiced by Stewart and Jensen's dynamic performances. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

The DVD is useless to me without subtitles in English.
Of course, if you believe in the fairy tale that science is the be-all and end-all of what is real and what is not, then perhaps this is right up your alley.
J. R.
The directing is great, the stories are great, the acting is great.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2006
Format: DVD
No, not really but "Eleventh Hour" is what he worked on between shooting "Mysterious Island" and "X-Men: The Last Stand". The first two episodes deserve 4 stars while the last two 2 and 3 stars respectively. Overall this was a show with promise that was cut short because it didn't attract enough viewers in the U.K.

"Eleventh Hour" created by writer Stephen Gallagher and produced for ITV combines elements of "Doctor Who" (Gallagher was a former write on "Doctor Who" during the ealry 80's), the old BBC show "Doomwatch" and "The X-Files" to create a compelling series that probably would have had more to offer if it had gone before four ninety minutes segments. While the show could be a tad derivative the strong performances by the cast and fine imaginative direction (particulary for the first two episodes)made the show watchable and worthwhile. The second pair of episodes "Kryptos" and "Miracle" had promise but had some major script problems that if solved would have made (the latter particularly)fascinating and fun TV.

Patrick Stewart plays Professor Ian Hood a controversial scientist sent in to investigate any weird crimes. He's protected by a bodyguard Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen). It seems that Hood's crusading approach to science has made him many enemies in different industries and, as a result, there are folks who'd love to take the good doctor out with a bullet vs. out for a cup of tea.

**Spoilers ahead**

The writing for the first eight episodes (they are two part episodes)varied from extremely good to spotty but on the whole the show exhibited a lot of promise. Interestingly writer Gallagher and the uncredited Simon Stephenson drop you right into the lap of our main characters without a lot of background or exposition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Patrick Stewart (Prof Ian Hood) serves as a Government Science Advisor whose job is to investigate anything unusual--not just crimes, but from the episodes, I'm gathering anything that could have an impact on public health and welfare. From what I gather, the show was a mid-season replacement and was only four episodes into the run before cancellation.

As another reviewer said, 11th Hour is an interesting showcase for Stewart. Prof Hood investigates everything from illegal cloning to miracle cures in those four episodes. I suspect if the network hadn't cut the run as quickly, the show might have stood a chance of succeeding. While the fourth episode was not the most compelling, the cast did seem to catch their stride at that point.

Downside is the film is awfully dark and the quality is not what it should be. Still the four episodes are worth watching and owning if you are a Stewart fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Laing on May 17, 2007
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This short series proves to be a fascinating experience. The quality surpases the current popluar US series CSI type thriller. The hero, Dr Ian Hood (Patrick Stewart), a special scientific adviser to the British Government, troubshoots evidence of pollution, cloning, pandemics desease and even a possible miracle 'water cure'. A clever juxtapositioning of his Scottish 'minder' (special branch detective) Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen) creates the perfect 'odd couple' defending citizens against evil doers. The script is Sci-fi style - written by Stephen Gallagher (Doctor Who), and each episode provides a thriller, that intrigues and facinates and holds the viewer's attention to the last minute. Great viewing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2009
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Creator Stephen Gallagher pulled the plug on this smart science-based crime drama because producers inserted too much sci-fi material. That's a shame, because this ended one of the most promising ideas in recent scripted TV. And it torpedoed Patrick Stewart's chance to play a role pretty much diametrically opposed to the slick, well-scrubbed Captain Picard.

Stewart plays scientist Ian Hood (whose specialization is never given), advisor to Britain's Home Office, who cracks scientific crimes, aided by police handler Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen). In four nearly feature-length episodes, intricate cases demonstrating humanity's potential to abuse science are scrutinized by Hood, a rough-hewn man who defines "damaged goods."

Many stories compress the scientific method for narrative expedience, but on balance, it's nice to see science treated as something other than an enemy. And the stories have a careful, pensive pace and dry wit that was largely written out of the American remake. This show has a certain wisdom that is lacking from too many episodic dramas in recent years.

The design of the series is pleasing. Visuals are lensed in muted hues that are restful after the cartoony colors of recent shows shot to HD video. And the soundscape is subtle, with cues hidden here and there that only reveal themselves to careful listening, creating a fairly quiet but texturally dense world for the characters to move through.

It's far from perfect, of course. Where there are problems, they stem mainly from the writers. The episodes written by Stephen Gallagher are the best, but episode four could be reduced by a third without harming the story one bit. And episode three feels like a sermon, moving through tedious scenes, to a wholly predictable conclusion.
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