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Single Handed: Set One
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A lone cop fights crime and corruption in rural Ireland
"Don’t miss it." --The Observer (U.K.)
"Absorbing . . . multilayered and intelligent" --The Irish Times
"Powerful, charismatic performances" --Evening Herald (Ireland)
Murder and intrigue on Ireland’s remote coast
When Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) returns home to the windswept west coast of Ireland, his father—and predecessor at his new post--warns: "Out here, it’s a team of one." As chief law-enforcement officer in this insular community, Jack soon learns the hard truth in those words. Small-town life presents challenges he never faced in Dublin--among them, winning the respect of the villagers and escaping the shadow of his father (Ian McElhinney, Little Dorrit), whose methods relied more on pragmatism than principle.
In these three feature-length crime dramas, Jack investigates a beautiful immigrant’s murder, a child’s abduction, and a teenager’s baffling drowning. Complex characters rife with moral ambiguity and internal conflict populate this gritty series set against a landscape of epic beauty and isolation.
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Filmed in the Tully Cross & Connemara, arguably the most beautiful part of Ireland, you can smell the peat burning as you view bogs, mountains, lochs, pubs, Guinness, Connemara ponies, & rainbows. But the crime in this deliciously visual district is far from pleasant. An emotional suspense with intrigue as high as the Cliffs of Moor. You'll love the filmed rural beauty and be shocked by the corruption.
3 episodes, each 92 min., YES they DO include SUBTITLES
Sgt. Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell, a real Galway lad) is transferred back home from the Dublin Garda. He replaces his da. A carbon monoxide death investigation leads to suspicious findings. Further evidence leads to more sinister activity. There is a web of secrets & deceit that Jack discovers. A surprise end.
2- The Stolen Child
A small child is missing and 2 violent uncles may make their own law. Jack's Dad is subject to a tribunal for past "police work." There is yet many local secrets that hinder investigations. Jack's new 1-month sleep-in romance is Dr. Maggie (Caroline Catz-'Doc Martin'& `The Vice') Excellent work by Catz.
3- The Drowning Man
Jack is too late in pulling 17 year old O'Malley from the bay. As always, one investigation leads to something bigger. And, as always, another romantic involvement of Driscoll becomes an issue. That issue involves yet another. High-high suspense finale! So peaked, it becomes a thriller.
Ian McElhinney (Little Dorrit) plays Jack's dad, the former Garda Sergeant Gerry Driscoll.Read more ›
This is a very fine series that is intelligently and intriguingly well written and acted on three (3) discs covering three mysteries running about an hour and one-half each. This series is "new" to me; however I found it to be most engrossing with each of the mysteries keeping me "spell-bound" I look forward to further releases and diffidently will buy them because it's really very good.
Since I have a little difficulty understanding "Irish accents", I used the provided subtitles which helped me immensely.
I love the character, Jack, and all the "goings on" in the small town atmosphere. All the personalities make this a rich and compelling series. It is a wonderful series and I hope there will be more dvds to watch!!
For comparison, I had this issue with some of the Inspector Lynley series episodes as well. I am more of a true "Cozy" fan: Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, etc.
So, dropping by one star was a personal preference. Many folks would love it, I am sure! I felt I should at least provide the input. The 3rd episode was a bit more to my liking.
These are Irish stories. Not American stories. Do not expect everything to be all better at the end. It's much more realistic than that. Bad things happen to good people, and everyone is not what they seem. Just like real life. People make the best of things and get on with it.
These are adult dramas, not with nudity or violence, but with content. They are about the underside of life and the real monsters that go bump in the night. They are well-written and well-acted using adult words and discussing things that people really do to each other.
Get your bio-break out of the way and any snacks you might need to get you through 2 hours, because you will NOT want to stop once you start the show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Owen McDonnell very much, and the idea of these stories; not as well developed as Inspector Matt Minogue of the Garda Siochana. Read morePublished 25 days ago by C Denton
Not Jack Taylor - but beautiful scenery and some excellent episodes.Published 9 months ago by Happy Cooker
Owen McDonnell is the perfect fit for this series. He carries his independence from his old school father cop image and survives his willful mother's meanness. Read morePublished 10 months ago by buthelake