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"Gripping detective drama" --Daily Record (U.K.)

Welsh detective Noel Bain solves crimes his own way. He relies not on science or technology, but unerring instinct, keen intelligence, and a passion for defending the innocent. A workaholic widower, he also struggles to protect his teenage daughter, Hannah, from the world he knows too well--one filled with horrific murders, brutal sex crimes, and unrepentant villains.

Philip Madoc (The Last of the Mohicans, Doctor Who) is unforgettable as the brooding detective in this acclaimed drama. Set in a Wales more bleak than picturesque, the series has earned comparisons to Cracker and Inspector Morse for its gritty authenticity and strongly drawn characters. Guest stars in these feature-length mysteries include John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings) and Siân Phillips (I, Claudius).

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  • Actors: Philip Madoc, Ffion Wilkins, Sharon Morgan, Gillian Elisa, Geraint Lewis
  • Writers: Lyn Ebenezer, Sion Eirian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V3AM66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"A Mind to Kill, Series 1" is a British mystery, more particularly a television series, a police procedural made and set in Wales. It was made by the evidently Welsh firm of Lluniau lliw Cyf for BBC Wales, and was broadcast in the U.K. for five series in the mid- 1990's. It was nominated for five Welsh BAFTA awards, the British equivalent of Oscars, including one for best actor for star Philip Madoc (LAST OF THE MOHICANS; Doctor Who - Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD). It comes to us as a three-volume DVD set including six feature-length mysteries, and thank goodness, for those of us not all that familiar with the singsong Welsh accent, subtitles.

It's set in Wales, but not the Wales of the tourist brochures; this, suitably enough, is dark and rainy country, as its mysteries deal with dark, and some might feel, rancid material. It contains nudity and scenes of graphic violence, just as a word to the wise. The series has been compared to others, such as Inspector Morse - Complete Collection, or Cracker: The Complete Collection, that are perhaps better-known, certainly beloved, for the brooding central character who must tackle modern day crimes. And as is frequently the case with British TV series, there's been no apparent stinting on the location filming, extras, cars, interiors, etc.
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British mystery, with graphic thriller footage and engaging suspense, makes DCI Noel Bain a top copper in the murder investigation field. You'll find yourself turning away at some of the blood and violence but never turning off the set till the conclusion reveals the who, what, how, when and why of each dastardly act. The suspense averages 99 minutes (6 feature lengths) in each of the 6 episodes, & comes with an amply honest box warning: "Contains nudity and graphic scenes." It's true, to the extreme! So first let me inform you, "A MIND TO KILL SERIES 1" is abundant violence, nudity, blood, foul language, sex and other derelictions that exist alongside killings. NOT FOR KIDS or the squeamish! Perhaps this warning alone will help you decide yes-or-no on this unrated Welsh detective drama. Just being honest and, hopefully, helpful.

If you're still reading, and you really don't mind a bit of blood (no, lots of it), these police stories may be "spot-on" as far as accuracy and realism in the lives of murderers & investigative police. If so, glad I'm not one of 'em. Although filmed in Wales, it's not the scenic touristy pasture-life Wales is known for; but the dark villainous criminal underworld and the coppers who must clean up the mess and try to solve the crimes. DCI Bain (Philip Madoc--"The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes") is a crack police investigator, a widower, a father of a 17-year-old girl, with the toughness of Callan (another GREAT British thriller series) yet the occasional tenderness of a father.

SUBTITLES are helpful. Cast filmographies and very interesting production notes round out the bonus stuff. This is just series 1, so if it sells well enough, perhaps there will be the next season, or as the British call it, Series 2.
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I enjoy brit detective shows immensely! They are varied in style and content and direction somewhat. Few go for a this type of a gritty very realistic approach, they shot this in rural wales and it isn't a place of alot of wealth and that's the feeling you get here. The show is like watching a window back into 1994 when this was filmed. Phillip madoc shines as the no nonsense chief inspector; who is a widower with a teenage daughter. He is dogged and determined and driven by his work and he won't let go a hunch without a fight. The show matches the depressed economic situation of wales at the time completely. Hopefully things have turned around by this time but in the 90's they still hadn't recovered from thatchers shutting down most of the mines (1980's) that were the primary employers of rural wales. people often forget that the uk was torn by violence and riots during the 80's because of thatcher's policies which did both evil and good for the U.K. The film style here is gritty and it was shot in 4:3 which most tv shows were shot in that ratio until the late 90's anyway. Some people may not like this approach because it almost feels like they were doing a reality show following the detective around. I really enjoyed this show it's the opposite of 'midsomer murders" which is ultra slick and has more bizaare characters ( I love that show too) , instead these people seem just like realistic people from wales. Not that the standard detective show doesn't ring true in varying degrees this one seems to be aiming for a grounded approach totally. the negative reviewers probably don't like 'wire in the blood" another gritty show from the UK either, thankfully I enjoy everytype of brit mystery show from "poirot", "rosemary and thyme' to this gritty show lead by the excellent Madoc.
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