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Jericho of Scotland Yard - Set 1

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Chief Inspector Michael Jericho of Scotland Yard is a respected, uncompromising and forward thinking detective investigating high-profile murders in 1950s London. The series is set in a fascinating period of Britain's social history, when London saw an explosion of colour, glamour and shifting attitudes after the Second World War. Jericho is a man surveying a city changing beyond recognition in front of his eyes. Starring Robert Lindsay (Hornblower; Oliver Twist; My Family), Jane Horrocks (Little Voice) David Troughton (All The Kings Men; Sharpe), Ciarán McMenamin (Watermelon), Francesca Annis (Reckless; The Debt Collector), Nicholas Farrell (Bloody Sunday; The Jury), Claire Bloom (The Camomile Lawn; Brideshead Revisited) and Geraldine Somerville (Gosford Park; Cracker).

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This is not your grandma's PBS mystery, set in a quiet, subtle British countryside. Containing multiple storylines including racism, kidnapping, infidelity, and murder (of course) in an urban setting, Jericho plays more like an episode of the Law and Order series. The complexity of Detective Jericho brings depth to these stories. Robert Lindsay (of Horatio Hornblower) portrays this multi-dimensional man; though straight-faced, on-point, and brutally serious in his professional endeavors, off-duty reveals his charming, quick-witted, and humorous side, which also can turn deeply introspective and lonely. Flashbacks from his youth reveal a troubled story, making him intriguing enough to keep you interested, without going overboard on the drama. In this modern series set in 1950s London, a seemingly unrelated murder and kidnapping occur at the same time, piquing the curiosity of the detective as he struggles to find the connection. Under scrutiny of the press, the public, and the victims' families, Jericho performs the daunting task of deciphering the truth amongst an abundance of suspects, all hiding their own secrets. Fans of the genre will enjoy this two-disc set, yet the sleekness, color, and fast-pace will appeal to those who may tend to shy away from such programs. Mind the DVD menu as it treats each two-part episode as one. After the first episode ends (credits and all) you have to wait through another set of opening credits and Mystery! intro a second time, before the next (or final half) episode. --Rachel Moss

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  • Actors: -
  • Directors: Nicholas Renton, Diarmuid Lawrence
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WGBH BOSTON
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FNNHZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jericho of Scotland Yard - Set 1" on IMDb

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I used to work in the West End, near Soho, in the early '60's as a teenager and found that Jericho had captured the atmosphere and seediness of that time in Soho, wonderfully. It also bought back forgotten memories e.g. block mascara which had to be wetted before applying dipping the brush in it. Girls used to spit on to the block as it was found the mascara stayed on longer than with water and gave a better look!!

I think that Robert Lindsay was right for the part and is a strong lead to a good cast. I found it a good entertaining buy.
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This atmospheric BBC detective miniseries was clearly an attempt to capitalize on the success of the equally fine history-mystery miniseries FOYLE'S WAR; although the mystery plots themselves here are not the equal of the Michael Kitchen series, JERICHO features equally fine acting, better characters, a first-rate insistent piano-driven score, and a much more sophisticated evocation of period (the costumes, make-up, sets, and especially the cinematography could hardly be bettered). Robert Lindsay, looking here like Kevin Spacey's more sincere elder brother, plays the title role, a detective who is a London tabloid media darling but whose private life is nearly a giant void. Most of his cases somehow involve the café society of the time: in these two two-part episodes (the first in the series), he tries to solve the kidnapping of a wealthy titled Russian emigré and the murder of a great Mancunian track star's new wife and her lover in a London hotel. Among the casts, Francesca Annis particularly excels (as usual), here as the kidnapped lord's arrogant wife in the first two-parter. The superb title sequence evokes the famous Parisian photographs of Brassai.
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This is pretty good detective series. It's better than Morse and not quite as good as Midsomer Murders. The format is very similar to the superior "A Touch of Frost" series. The two stories in these full length films are intelligent, and the acting is good. There are three basic flaws: the music is sometimes irritating and always too loud; the camera work is often choppy and gets in the way of the story; and some of the casting (the lead-athlete and the neighbor-hooker in Johnny Swan) is weak. Still, on the whole, this is good entertainment and worth the price.
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Brilliant. We also have the second series and are hoping for more to be produced. Low key but gritty. Love the cars shown in the series. I am old enough to identify every single one shown.
Buy and enjoy.
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It’s a 1958 Newsflash! "Jericho Receives Queen's Medal." The newsreel continues, "Inspector Michael Jericho, just back from the palace, and showing is Queen's award for bravery to Assistant Commissioner Cherry." That night, Jericho spends his time at a nightclub by himself, trying to forget he's a hero. what he really is, is a workaholic with no other life. "The only girl he ever loved married somebody else while he was away in the war."

In the early morning, his loyal sergeant, Clive Harvey, picks him up. A man's been shot in a working class part of London, a young black man who worked at the bus depot. It just so happens that he had a friend who is a young white woman. Which didn't sit too well with some parties.

Meanwhile, in a mansion in the posh Belgravia area, a maid finds an envelope carrying a note made of words cut out of the newspaper: "We have got Sir Nicholas. You will have £120,000 in cash when we ring. Call the police and we'll kill him."

Can the murder and the kidnapping, from different sides of the track, be related? So starts episode 1: "A Pair of Ragged Claws."

Episode 2; "The Killing of Johnny Swan"
First a preview: It's the 1957 international cross country championship in White City Stadium. The whole of England seems to be watching on TV. It's the final lap and everybody goes crazy as Johnny Swan, the best British contender, passes the Soviet world record holder. The announcer cries, "Come on, Johnny! And the world record has been taken by Britain!... And the Soviets are humiliated."

Move to almost a year later, and Johnny Swan is now a star. The world champion race is coming round again but he's not letting that slow down the party.
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As someone else said on here , this is a great film noir . I received my set yesterday and am really happy with this detective series that I usually view on PBS t.v. all takes place during London of the 1950's .
Nicholas Renton, Diarmuid Lawrence , etc. all good stong performances and story lines .

I look forward to the next set out in Sept. which I will purchase as well from Amazon . where else can I get better prices and free S/H when buying over $25.00 ? saves me from driving to my nearest book store or video place which is over 20 miles away . My library doesn't have everything . No, I do not have any financial interest in Amazon nor do I work for them .

I also own Foyles War ...sets one, two and three . I shall order set four in July . I'm really looking forward to that set of four as well . A great cast and story lines , many of which are based on true happenings in world war two ...course with the exception of Det.Foyle being interjected for extra viewing interest as well as the rest of the cast . But, Michael Kitchen is great .and how all the senes, cars etc. are meticulously re-created that one feels like we are peeking back in time in Britains during that time.

I think the British do more with a 100 minute tele -movie then many of the multi-million dollar movies people pay to go and see here in the U.S.A. at $12.00 and up and more ( if going with friends or family ) and many times feel let down . It has gotten out of hand expense wise for families or just a guy taking his girl out for a movie and burgers afterward ... not to mention the highway robbery for the stale snacks bought in the movie theaters . Anyway, these bRITISH shows have class . KUDOS all round.
( sorry I digressed for a moment .
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