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Jericho of Scotland Yard - Series 1 & 2 (2005)

Robert Lindsay  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Lindsay
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 448 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPCJS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspector Michael Jericho (Robert Lindsay, Horatio Hornblower, Oliver Twist) is a brilliant detective and a darling of the media. However, he is haunted by the memories of his father, a policeman whose murder Jericho witnessed as a boy. Never married, and alone since his childhood sweetheart left him for another during WWII, Jericho is obsessed with his work at Scotland Yard. Yet, he finds himself drawn to his beautiful French neighbor Juliette (AurÈlie BargËme)-ña prostitute with a tortured past.Set amidst the social upheaval of post-war 1950s London, Jericho unravels headline-grabbing mysteries. His diligent team includes faithful friend and colleague Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey (David Troughton, Foyleís War) and the ambitious young Detective Constable John Caldicott (Ciar·n McMenamin, David Copperfield), whose warm relationship with his fiancÈe starkly contrasts Jericho's lonely nighttime vigils.Includes four mysteries: - A Pair of Ragged Claws- The Killing of Johnny Swan - To Murder and Create- The Hollow Men

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly well done January 12, 2008
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This edition contains four episodes filmed in a VERY smoggy and dark London in the 1950s. The staging is very well done and the characters are well thought out and believable. Robert Lindsay excels in his portrayal of a lonely, tormented, but brilliant detective who battles on all fronts. Sounds like the template for all detective series, but I found them to be original and highly watchable. I would like to see more.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifties London has never been better portrayed May 23, 2008
By steve b
If you have watched Foyle's War, you may think that the producers of Jericho have just cashed in on a fashion for period detectives. That may be so but Jericho captures its period far better than Foyle's War did. Set in the Nineteen Fifties, Jericho is at least in part based on real celebrity detective, Robert Fabian, known as 'Fabien of the Yard.' Fabien like Jericho having a TV series based on his cases. Robert Lindsay who plays Jericho is a talented actor who is equally at home in light comedies as well as in serious drama. He does not disappoint. The real surprise is the casting of Peter Bowles as the villainous heavy. Bowles is best known for his roles as upper crust English gentlemen in comedies. As the bad guy he is superb, a gem of inspired casting.

The real star however is the sets and the costumes. It took Britain a long time to recover from the Second World War, rationing for instance continued into the fifties. At the time Jericho is set Glamour, which in practise meant all things American, was finally being introduced even if it was overlaid on a background of neglect, grime and disrepair. The series portrays that brilliantly.

All in all better than most TV detectives from either side of the Atlantic.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A for atmospherics January 24, 2009
The Jericho series is well worth watching, but its strengths are in its atmospherics more than in its scripts and its characters. Jericho himself is a nicely-realized figure, but his trench coat and hat, his talisman and his everpresent cigarette are more important to his portrayal than his language or skills at ratiocination. The real star of the show is 1950's London, with damp streets reflecting neon, nasty alleyways and deep class lines separating the (sometimes guilty) rich from the (sometimes innocent) poor. The ultimate effect is noir taken to the nth degree and there is sometimes a comic book dimension to the series, both in its graphics and in its use of colors, the gritty yellow of Jericho's trench coat reminding me of the stark yellow of Dick Tracy's. Many watch British drama for the country settings, the costumes and the domestic architecture. Watch Jericho for the urban setting, but remember that the 'realism' is highly stylized, unlike that seen in the world of, e.g., Jack Frost.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho is a Troubled Man May 18, 2011
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No doubt Jericho of Scotland Yards, portrayed with excellence by Robert Lindsay, a troubled man and, therefore, not exactly a beloved figure at The Yard. In fact, if not for his long term, erstwhile partner and still friend, The Sarge. he would be a complete outsider to the major focus of his life, work as a police officer, He also happens to be The Star of the Yard, noted for the number and magnitude of his solved cases. His father was a corrupt cop murdered in his home by gunmen employed by nobody knows whom: but, Jericho thinks he knows who dun it, and is miserable over the fact that he cannot put The Big Boss away. The Big Boss has an effective organization including two members of the police force in his own precinct. No wonder Jericho is so quick to offense and so little controlled in his expression of his discontent. Though no overt mention is made of the matter, he is also Jewish. As if everything else were not enough.
There is a certain manipulation of plot endings to give convenient solutions without the logical evil doer being the criminal. Nonetheless, this and other inconsistencies paled for me in the face of the strength of Lindsey's performance, the solid work of others in the cast. London is made interesting and one meets many characters within it. Not everyone will go for this limited series but I found it involving and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho September 12, 2013
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My wife and I enjoyed JERICHO. Story lines very good and
the acting by the whole cast was marvelous. Robert Lindsay was a great choice as Jericho. It was not renewed do to ratings, but it was up against Foyle's War enough said.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK February 8, 2008
By Tim
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I guess I just don't like paying money to see the dark side of life, it's interesting overall, but, the hopelessness Jericho against the corrupt & sadistic element of of fellow officers in Scotland yard is not entertaining and uplifting. I much prefer series such as Midsomer Murders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 1, 2014
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just ok, watched it once and feel no need to re-watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! April 5, 2014
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Jericho is very well done. Beautifully filmed, great period look, good actors, and entertaining stories. I wish they would have done more!
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