Second Sight Complete Collection
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His second sight is his second chance.
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In this mystery thriller series created by award-winning writer Paula Milne (The Politician's Wife), dynamic and successful Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (Clive Owen Inside Man) is investigating the brutal murder of a 19-year-old youth. Ambitious Detective Inspector Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner Bridget Jones's Diary) is seconded to Tanner's team to assist with the case.
During the inquiry, Tanner discovers that he is losing his sight. At first, he is defiant about the diagnosis, insisting on a second opinion, but increasingly, he is unable to escape the appalling truth about his condition. Terrified, he tells no one. When Tully realises the nature of his secret, she agrees to guard it - on certain conditions that will further her career.
As a disturbing side-effect of his diminishing sight, Tanner experiences bizarre visions and his other senses erupt to fill the growing black void. Instinctively, Tanner uses the hallucinations as clues to solving the murder, knowing that he must re-invent his methods and develop this "second sight" to keep working and survive.
INCLUDES: Second Sight, Parts One & Two / Hide and Seek / Parasomnia / Kingdom of the Blind
Top Customer Reviews
Claire Skinner is, as always, expert and enjoyable to watch but its Clive Owen's show all the way. His unconventional good looks and rugged exterior share space with a tender, devoted father and a fair-minded, ingenious detective but Owen also gives Ross Tanner something else, that rarest of things in movie characters--the suggestion of an inner life which is every bit as fascinating as his day-to-day crime solving. Great production values and fine supporting performances (especially from Stuart Wilson and Phoebe Nicholls) make SECOND SIGHT a must for any British mystery video library.
Clive Owen stars as DCI Ross Tanner, the head of the Elite Murder Unit. Like the other great British police detectives of the time, Ross Tanner had an issue that he had to contend with. But unlike the others, this cannot be cured. He has a rare eye disease and is slowly loosing his sight. The only person who knows his secret is DI Catherine Tully. Like most British shows, this focuses on quality over quantity. Therefore, there are only five two hour episodes.
The following are the episodes:
Second Sight Pilot: Tanner discovers he is losing his sight but has been made the head of an elite murder unit. The first case has a number of suspects including Tanner's stepfather.
Hide and Seek: Vicki Inghram has been brutally murdered. Tanner wants to recreate the scene but the use of Vicki's son causes more issues than tanner expected.
Parasomnia: A man is bludgeoned to death after his stag party. His fiance wakes up covered in blood but has no recollection of the murder. Tanner starts having hallucinations due to his losing his sight.
Kingdom of the Blind: Tanner is investigating a hate crime. Everything points to retired gangster, Harold King. The only this is King is blind. But while Tanner uses his blindness to seek the truth, King has let his fester his hate.
While Owen's Ross Tanner does not compare to Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison or Clive Owen's Dave Creegan, these five episodes show are still better than most American detective shows of the time. Kingdom of the Blind is by far the best of the lot. It is too bad that it stopped there.
For Clive Owen fans, this is an insight to his early career. For everyone else, this is a great detective series.
Tanner, aided by a young, up and coming female investigator played by Claire Skinner, is trying to solve the mysterious murder of a 19-year-old student. He tries to hide his worsening blindness but she catches on and makes a deal: she'll be his eyes if she can share credit for solving the murder and put her career back on track.
There are plenty of backstories, well-developed, and a good supporting cast, but the chemistry between the two leads is what makes this mini-series compelling.
The plot itself uses Tanner's blindness and his "visions" of things that are not there as a metaphor. Of course, nothing is what it seems. The dead boy's step-father, his long-lost uncle, his mother, his girlfriend, all have their particular view of the murder and the victim -- but each one is looking from a particular angle through their own blinkers -- or in one case their own, elaborately-constructed fiction.
It all makes for a satisfying, complex brew with many different flavors going into the mix. And it works on many levels, as a human drama, a straight police investigation and a metaphorical probe into what is, and what merely appears to be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks for fast shipping. It was great watching this series again. I'd forgotten and/or hadn't seen some of the episodes.Published 5 months ago by Diane Peck
Clive Owen was brilliant as D.C.I. Tanner. He gave the role a great deal of feeling and yet was still the STRONG, SILENT INSPECTOR. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CHERYL S.
Really enjoyed this just wish it was longer. It would've been nice to see a little bit more of how he transitioned out of the police force also. I think they should do a remakePublished 8 months ago by Rita W
I found the initial premise quite interesting and thought the visuals were very realisitc, but 1) the second and third episodes haven't developed that premise much, so it's a bit... Read morePublished 10 months ago by John M
I enjoyed this series. I have one disc left & I am saving it until I can't stand it anymore. I don't want it to end. Of course, lookking at Clive Owen doesn't hurt much...Published 13 months ago by Sandra Goodman
Loved both season 1 and two! Goes to show that PBS always has good stuff.Published 17 months ago by lovethemysteries