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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

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While some crime dramas, like Single Minded, focus on a police officer's personal life as it dovetails with crime solving, Murder Investigation Team takes a methodical narrative approach that will appeal more to viewers who enjoy understanding exactly how a case is solved from a strictly professional standpoint. These eight 50-minute episodes track a fictionalized version of the Special Crimes Unit of London's Metropolitan Police, and one can tell from the outset that the portrayal aims for accuracy. While little is revealed about the personal lives of head detectives DI Vivien Friend (Samantha Spiro) and DC Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson), one settles into the intimate psychological tactics they use to sleuth gruesome murders. Detectives Friend and MacManus's rapport resembles that previously shared in Cagney and Lacey, though all sentiment is cut from this show in favor of the search for cold, hard evidence. Detective Friend, established as the administrative leader, divvies out research demands to discover precursor incidents and confidently directs her team members' lines of inquiry. MacManus's warmer, more personable tack aids greatly in the interview room and in the field as she relentlessly questions witnesses. Most scenes, like those in The Wire, depict the detectives gathering evidence and hashing out theories back in the office.

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


Special Features

Episode 1 commentary with series creator Paul Marquess and series consultant Jackie Malton
Interview with actor Michael McKell (25 min.)
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Lindsey Coulson, Samantha Spiro, Richard Hope, Richard Huw, Michael McKell
  • Directors: Gary Love, Ged Maguire, Michael Offer, Nigel Keen, Reza Moradi
  • Writers: Andrew Rattenbury, Avril E. Russell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 391 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EP42Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder Investigation Team: Series One" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Davidlillian on June 17, 2011
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I am enjoying this new (to the US) British mystery. Cast is very good and the stories very intricate. The cast interacts well and that enhances your enterTainment.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 16, 2011
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Sometimes gruesome, always gritty, crime sleuth team. Realistic faced investigation struggles are dramatized. All cop stuff, only a hint at MIT individual lives outside of the investigations. Episodes are filled with police action, raids, chases and arrest struggles. Clue searching moves at a fast clip with false leads, new suspects, and dead ends. This team must dig for clues in the bowels of London society. Certainly not the scenic vistas of `Midsomer Murders' series. Drugs, incest, murder, rape, prostitution, mutilation and other things are seen which are not on the tourist brochures.
A crack team with women in the forefront. 2 beautiful ambitious female MIT leads, one nail tough, one a bit softer. A bit of a British "Cagney & Lacey" but with more raw & cruel crime.
A dialogue quotation is series descriptive: "Forensics would like you to have a look at some vomit."

Episode details, 49 min each, with SUBTITLES:
1 MOVING TARGETS
DI Vivien Friend (Samantha `Sam' Spiro) heads MIT (Murder Investigation Team) in a shooting case of a police Sgt. A second victim at the scene is a credit card thief. Who was the target? How much police involvement is associated with the duel deaths? Commentary option with episode 1.

2 DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
A dead body of a 3-year missing girl is found in concrete. DI Friend is not so sure the obvious suspect is the truth.

3 RUBISH
A boy's body (minus its heart) is found in a refuse barge. The MIT finds some distasteful clues. There's more to this murder than meets the eye...and nose.

4 READING, WRITING AND GANGBANGING
A vagrant's beating murder and a questionable teacher's suicide set the MIT looking for a connection and ultimately the solution.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Humphrey on May 31, 2011
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Very good plots, story lines and believable characters. Enjoyed the way the team worked together. If I have a criticism with the show it would be that the dialogue could have been a little livelier. All in all, though, a thumbs up.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth R. on August 2, 2011
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'Murder Investigation Team' is a spin-off 'The Bill' and begins with solving the murder of Sgt. Boyden. The casting in this show show just didn't work. The 2 female leads are embarrassingly bad - no similarities to Cagney & Lacey. The supporting cast just seemed to go through the motions. It's hard to really put a finger on what was wrong with the ensemble, other than they just didn't work. The stories were gritty, but also heavy-handed and predictable. This is possibly worth a rental if you are bored, have nothing else in your queue, and want to watch an English cop show. However, there are much better shows out there, including 'The Bill.' I'd go with 'George Gently','Dalziel & Pascoe' or 'Lewis' before buying this. I own the DVD's and would love to get rid of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sabu on January 16, 2010
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EACH EPISODE ON THIS 3 DISC SET BEGINS WITH THE DISCOVERY OF A BODY AND THE STORIES UNFOLD AS EACH PIECE OF EVIDENCE IS EXPLORED COMPLETELY BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM THAT IS LEAD BY BOTH LADIES. THEY SOMETIMES SEARCH IN THE VERY DARK,BRUTAL AREAS OF THE CITY LEAVING NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED. A SOMETIMES VIOLENT + GRITTY SERIES WITH GREAT ACTING BY ALL, ESPECIALLY THE 2 LEADING LADIES.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred M. Rullman on August 11, 2011
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This series looked good on the web page, but turned out to be A Dsappointment. Background noise prohibits hearing and understanding anything most of the actors said. Everyone talks at once on top of that. The screenplay seems disjointed and caused me to be confused as to what was going on. We quit watching them after the first 2 or 3. I'm not a person who is critical for the pleasure of it. We've watched a LOT of British Mystery dvds, and have found some difficult to understand, but this series stands out in that regard. Fred Rullmamn
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Casteleiro on April 28, 2011
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This is a very edgy series and I enjoyed the stories and action very much. However, I'm not thrilled with the choice of actors, so I probably won't buy any further seasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 6, 2012
Sometimes gruesome, always gritty, crime sleuth team. Realistic faced investigation struggles are dramatized. All cop stuff, only a hint at MIT individual lives outside of the investigations. Episodes are filled with police action, raids, chases and arrest struggles. Clue searching moves at a fast clip with false leads, new suspects, and dead ends. This team must dig for clues in the bowels of London society. Certainly not the scenic vistas of `Midsomer Murders' series. Drugs, incest, murder, rape, prostitution, mutilation and other things are seen which are not on the tourist brochures.
A crack team with women in the forefront. 2 beautiful ambitious female MIT leads, one nail tough, one a bit softer. A tad bit of a British "Cagney & Lacey" (2 women sleuths) but with MUCH more raw & cruel crime.
A dialogue quotation is series descriptive: "Forensics would like you to have a look at some vomit."

Episode details, 49 min each, with SUBTITLES:
1 MOVING TARGETS
DI Vivien Friend (Samantha `Sam' Spiro) heads MIT (Murder Investigation Team) in a shooting case of a police Sgt. A second victim at the scene is a credit card thief. Who was the target? How much police involvement is associated with the duel deaths? Commentary option with episode 1.

2 DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
A dead body of a 3-year missing girl is found in concrete. DI Friend is not so sure the obvious suspect is the truth.

3 RUBISH
A boy's body (minus its heart) is found in a refuse barge. The MIT finds some distasteful clues. There's more to this murder than meets the eye...and nose.

4 READING, WRITING AND GANGBANGING
A vagrant's beating murder and a questionable teacher's suicide set the MIT looking for a connection and ultimately the solution.
Read more ›
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