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KIDNAP AND RANSOM, COMPLETE SERIES 1 & 2
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"Riveting drama"-The Sunday Mail (U.K.)
"Intriguing…very watchable" -The Sunday Times (U.K.)
This taut series from creator Patrick Harbinson (24, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) revolves around master negotiator Dominic King. From the first phone call with kidnappers to risky excursions into exotic and dangerous locales, King places himself in the line of fire to bring the victims home.
Played with steely restraint by veteran actor Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), King has a brash negotiating style that lands him in hot water with publicity-minded police and politicians. His unconventional tactics also draw ire from the British Foreign Office, as well as his wife, Sophie (Natasha Little, Case Histories), and business partner, Angela (Helen Baxendale, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman).
Filmed on location, Kidnap and Ransom examines the alarming rise of international kidnapping with gripping realism. This set includes Complete Series 1 and 2 of the acclaimed thriller, with guest stars including John Hannah (The Mummy), Patrick Baladi (The Office, U.K.), and Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).
BONUS Interview with Trevor Eve (10 min.), introduction by writer Michael Crompton, and kidnapping statistics
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We had to wait a further year before Dominic King appeared again in a new three part series of Kidnap and Ransom. King was very obviously doing his own thing in the first series, but this time round, if anything, he seemed to be even more of a maverick and a complete law unto himself. The second series started in an interesting fashion with King shown on a lake in a rowing boat shoving a sack covered parcel which looks suspiciously like a body, into the water, and then a reversal to 'two weeks earlier'. It was clear at that point that this was a marker for what was coming later to add extra interest, though what this was all about remained a mystery until right at the end. Not that any extra interest was really necessary as this is an engrossing and action packed story, set in Kashmir and built around the kidnap of the daughter of a key UK politician. I will not say any more about the plots of these two series as there is a real danger of giving out spoilers here.
This is very good and compelling entertainment.Read more ›
These cases do not achieve the same level of poignancy that the WAKING cases do. The WAKING cases are filled with many tortured souls we have lived under the shadow of a murder never solved. Eve solves those cases with a wonderful team of characters. In this kidnapping series, by contrast, there is a lot of hassling over money and he typically manages to save the victim and all is hunky dory. I don't like any of the people who assist him. But Eve is a great lead, the scripts are good and thus the fare is certainly very good. It is just not terrific.
If you have not seen WAKING THE DEAD, i would recommend starting there first if you are interested in experiencing Eve's acting talent in crime dramas.
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The series is about a hostage negotiator, Dominic King (Trevor Eve), a corporate businessman. He partners in the firm, Beddoes King, with Angela (Helen Baxendale). It's King who is in harms way, who takes the risk, who out-psyches kidnappers. King's wife is Sophie (Natasha Little- Young James Herriot). An office/field assistant is beautiful Carrie (Amara Karan).This complete Series 1&2 set holds two stories, each in 3 episodes. Stories run over two hours each, and seem more like watching a theater production rather than TV. Each episode has review scenes to help those not able to watch all episodes back-to-back.
~~~1 Coming off a dead hostage failure, King travels to Cape Town. Naomi Shaffer (Emma Fielding- Cranford: The Collection (Cranford / Return to Cranford)) pharmaceutical botanist is kidnapped. Naomi's husband played by Patrick Baladi. By amateurs? A ransom hand-over goes bad to worse. There is a home issues subplot thread too.
~~~2 Naomi gets re-kidnapped by Willard (John Hannah). New developments as to perpetrators raise questions as to the real desires of the new set of kidnappers. A new swap deal is pulled off but is it successful? King fells something's amiss.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ah, Trevor Eve! Such great actor! He and the story make this series unforgettable. Make you forget to breathe so many times. Good ending. Wish there's series 3...4...Published 2 months ago by viv l.
Enjoyed the first series when it aired on ITV in 2010 and it was just as good the second time around. It was a treat to watch John Hannah play the baddie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by They
Very disappointed. I loved Trevor Eve in Heat of the Sun which is why I bought this series. Very amateurish - looked like home movies with a bad script.Published 12 months ago by ruthie