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Murder on the Home Front

4.3 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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London 1940.As the Luftwaffe drop bombs from above, below people are getting away with murder
When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Employing groundbreaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows and prove there may be more to these murders than meets the eye?

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Edgy and darkly comic… --telegraph.co.uk

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  • Actors: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant
  • Directors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUAGYF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this stylish and jazzy 1940's wartime London mystery, a woman is found strangled with a swatztika carved on her tongue. Young pathologist Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy) is called to the scene of her dodgy rooming house. An eager and intrepid young woman reporter, Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant), sidles her way into the crime scene to scoop the story. When she confesses she wants to be a crime writer, Dr. Collins lets her become his assistant at his lab. Amidst the bombs of the blitz, more strangled women are found. Is a Nazi Strangler loose? Pathologist Collins needs to find the culprit using the science in the developing forensics field before an innocent man is hung for the crime. Why is the government so keen to call this crime solved? Is it merely to avoid bad headlines, or is the plot more twisted?

Collins is socially awkward and Molly is a gee-whiz, wide-eyed girl reporter. Together they have a certain symmetry. This is a lighthearted, stylized frolic for anglophiles and British mystery lovers. While it has the same backdrop as FOYLE'S WAR, it is much more insouciant. The plot is clever and all the characters had intriguing faces. Whoever did the casting had some fun. If you want an escape to wartime London with a mystery to solve, this just may be the ticket. 4.5 stars.
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Okay, first a note and suggestion: I wanted to point out that Amazon has a policy of grouping ALL reviews of ALL formats of a film together under each version. So you will find lots of reviews of the theatrical or TV version here as well as review of the Amazon Instant version. Neither of these covers the bonus features on the DVD and Bluray. So I always recommend that buyers sort the reviews by “Most Recent” first and then look to see which format the reviewer is discussing. With that said, on to my review of the DVD (non-Bluray) version. As I understand it the bonus features are the same on both the DVD and BD for this release

This film was created by Carnival Films, the leading independent producer of films in the UK which are broadcast there on the BBC. It recently aired on PBS in the UK but in an edited form. I did not see the PBS version but the package of the DVD states clearly “Original UK Edition” and, at 93 minutes, it would not have fit into the PBS 85 minute time slot. Just as importantly, there are enough graphic images of severed body parts, blood and brief full nudity (though of dead bodies) that viewers with weak stomachs should be aware of these scenes. Still, I loved this film.

I’ll leave a few other reviewers to discuss the details of the plot – though I don’t like “spoilers. This is not so much as a “mystery” as a “Police procedural drama” (the words used by the Director in the bonus feature on the DVD). If the TV series “CSI” were taking place in the war years of 1940s London (with bombs being dropped daily and fallout shelters being the norm), this would be an episode of “CSI – The war years”. There is great chemistry (no pun intended, really!
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By RMWARZ on February 21, 2014
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I saw this program on PBS so I cannot comment on the quality of the DVD, only on the quality of the drama. In London during the Blitz, a forensic scientist and his female assistant investigate the serial killings of young women. The production did a good job of evoking the era with seemingly accurate replication of the period's clothing, radio, and music and convincing portrayal of the terror of the air raids. The actors, though entirely unknown to me (surprising since I watch a lot of UK-produced TV), were all competent. Since it hinged on forensics, the plot was more police procedural than whodunit. Thankfully, unlike too many CSI-type US TV shows I've seen, the science was clearly explicated and the solution to the crime unfolded logically and was credible. To add an extra fillip of conflict to the storyline, the interests of pure justice were placed in conflict with the interests of the war effort. If this all sounds rather familiar to fans of Foyle's War, no surprise. Replace older, wiser Foyle and young, eager Sam with young, smart Dr. Collins and young, eager Molly and move them from Hastings to London and you've got Murder on the Home Front. The problem is, neither the main characters nor the cast of suspects is anywhere near as compelling as Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks and their panoply of guest stars. A heads-up for parents (and the squeamish), there are some fairly grisly scenes in the early going.
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I loved this period crime drama, light hearted despite the time and circumstances. Well done and well acted.

I bought mine off of itunes for $1.99, it was listed as a "pilot" . I thought that for twenty something dollars this was the whole season, apparently not... So save your self some money and buy it from itunes...
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To answer the question was luminol available during WWII - yes, it was developed in 1937 as a presumptive test for blood, so the science for it was around in 1940 WWII London. I don't know how widely used it would have been, but it was available. This TV show kept my attention, but as with many TV programs made now about the past, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries comes to mind, they feel the need to put a politically correct spin on it when there was no such thing in those days. Homosexuality was a crime in the 1940s and most people thought it a perversion and were not accepting of it. Yet again, the two main characters tell the character Terry that there's nothing wrong with his paying male prostitutes for sex. Most people would have been appalled at such behavior in those days because they weren't exposed to it like we are today. Good grief, at least make it believable for the era! **SPOILER ALERT - IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE AND WANT TO BE SURPRISED, DON'T READ WHAT FOLLOWS** I also find it hard to believe that as smart as Molly was that she would have gone off with the killer away from everyone else in the tube station.
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