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"Intelligent, edgy, and gripping" --The Times (U.K.)
"Well paced and intriguing" --London Evening Standard
"Dark and gritty" --The Guardian (U.K.)
From the makers of The Bill, Murder Investigation Team reveals the gritty reality of police work, where success is part grueling procedure and part gut instinct.
Leaders of an elite squad of detectives, brusque DI Vivien Friend (Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro) and intuitive DC Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson, EastEnders) single-mindedly pursue those who do unthinkable deeds as part of the Special Crimes Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police.
Fast paced and brimming with twists and turns, the series details the course of an investigation from crime scene through profiling, forensics, and good old-fashioned detective work. Along the way, false leads, misdirection, and surprising resolutions fill each gripping hour, meticulously crafted to reflect real-life investigations.
Contains strong language, violence, and graphic images
There are several abject crime scenes and glimpses of violence and murder, but this show deemphasizes sensationalism in favor of explaining, for example, how forensics are reasoned out afterwards. The crimes vary widely to allow for this. In "Moving Targets," the murder of Sergeant Matthew Boyden (Tony O'Callaghan) unleashes a complicated trail of drug usage and lies. In "Daddy's Little Girl," Phil Seabrook, the father mourning his teenage daughter's murder, turns out to have unexpected troubles of his own. In "Rubbish," a child's body is found on a trash barge, and in some cases, as in "Reading, Writing, and Gangbanging," multiple murders are linked. Each episode highlights the two women, but the team members, especially Detective Trevor Hands (Michael McKell), have deep character as well. As they obsess over cases, occasionally managing to slip into the local pub for a late-night drink, the team constantly mulls over mysterious details for clues. The amazing part is that the detectives rarely snap, though in one episode, "Models and Millionaires," Friend's anxiety begins to get the best of her as she doubts a member of her own team. In this, one is reminded of what a difficult task real detective work is; viewers may come away with a newfound respect for the dedication and intelligence it takes to convict real criminals. --Trinie Dalton
I enjoyed the first episode very much and was looking forward to the second,
but the sound mixing on the second season was off. Read more
I'd put this one in the "okay" category. It's watchable, but not what I've come to expect from the BBC. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Duncan Olaksik
Great relatiionships, good plots. I recommend this series to anyone who likes crime series.Published 3 months ago by Nancy G. Hutchison
Did not like this series and gave it to the library. Too many actors and lead lady was too bossy for me. IMO NEW TRICKS is far better.Published 8 months ago by Roger L. Reynolds
very cold. No good interaction with co-workers. the star beings nothing to the tablePublished 11 months ago by Nancy Riffle
I felt as if I was watching a documentary about police work. This might make a good police training series but it's not at all entertaining or moving. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dani Weinberg Ph.D. CDBC