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The Broker's Man, Series 1
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“Absorbing” —Daily Record (U.K.)
An ex-cop investigates new kinds of crime
Kevin Whately (Inspector Lewis) stars as Jimmy Griffin, an ex-cop turned insurance investigator in this winning British detective series. Jimmy’s cunning and insight are well-suited to the business of exposing con men and other fraudsters. With his police training, he’s able to take on any case, no matter how dangerous. If only he could be as successful in his personal life.
Fresh off a divorce from Sally (Annette Ekblom, Holby City) and a breakup with his colleague and mistress, Gabby (Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones), Jimmy still hasn’t learned when to shut his wandering eyes and turn off his rakish charm. As he struggles to rebuild his family, keeping them safe from the perils of his work proves to be his ultimate test.
Contains coarse language and nudity
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The Broker's Man originally aired its episodes in two 50-minute blocks. Series 1 assembles the episodes into three movie-length wholes:
"Double Dutch" (96 minutes)—When Dutch criminals steal a ton of digital audio tapes from a warehouse, Jimmy is hired to investigate insurance fraud. Betrayal and murder soon follow.
"Dangerous Bends" (94 minutes)—Jimmy investigates the circumstances surround a deadly accident, which leads to the world of illegal dirtbike racing. He enlists his team to help figure out if the claims against a water treatment plant have any merit.
"Siege" (96 minutes)—During a getaway designed to mend the soured relationship to his family, Jimmy struggles to stop a ring of car thieves and a deranged veteran of the Falklands War.
The notion of insurance investigators taking on mysteries is a novel enough idea, especially with a likeable actor like Kevin Whately in the lead. But it only took about twenty minutes for me to realize that, despite the good stuff going for it, The Broker's Man was really just a boring procedural in a different package.Read more ›
You get suspense, mystery and humor amid tons of Brit drama. It's a unique crime drama approach. It works as believable.
Cast is led by Jimmy (Kevin Whately -Inspector LEWIS; Insp Morse). Ex is Sally (Annette Ekblom -Holby City) with the Ins/mistress connection being Gabby (Michelle Fairley), a pair of beauties. Jimmy's office staff is bubbly Harriet (Sarah-Jane Potts) and fat Vinny (Al Ashton) who also co-writes the 3 episodes. Toss in guest-stars creating fine performance all-round.
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1- Double Dutch: A million-$ shipping container theft gets `Godzilla' (Peter Firth `MI-5') hiring Jimmy. A late 90's period, VHS tapes involved. Jimmy, desperate for cash, is behind on child-care. A Dutch crime ring may be behind murders as well as bin theft. Post divorce relations conflict. Conspiracy big enough to baffle the best mystery viewer's mind. Claudette (Jill Baker) continues in all episodes.
2- Dangerous Bends: Auto/cycle impact leaves a death and injured who leaves the accident scene. This insurance case and a second (water plant accident) keep Jimmy hopping 2 directions. Danger develops as clues begin to reveal truth. And constantly, Jimmy's personal life tracks like a train wreck.
3- Siege: Sally & Jimmy relationship mends a bit. Hope? Stolen weapon investigation offers a vacation potential. With Sally & kids? With a past mistress nearby? Will this guy never learn?Read more ›
A strong cast of actors plays some compelling characters in this entertainment. Annette Ekbom, (HOLBY CITY), plays Sally, Griffin's estranged wife. She has divorced him, as he was having an affair with his co-worker Gabby Rodwell, played by Michelle Fairley, the beloved Caitlin Stark of GAME OF THRONES. Unfortunately, even as Griffin is struggling to rebuild his family and keep them safe from the perils his work engenders, he's still flirting with all the pretty girls. Other well-known guest stars include Al Hunter Ashton, (LONDON'S BURNING)who co-wrote the script; PETER FIRTH, (MI-5); Sarah Jane Potts, (FELICITY); John McEnery, (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), and Shirley Stelfox, the first Rose in the beloved Britcom KEEPING UP APPEARANCES. Michael Cochrane and David Robb, two Downton Abbey actors, also guest star. And I'd swear I saw the hunky Idris Elba, (LUTHER) in an uncredited, but named, small speaking part.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kevin Whately is one of our favorite actors, so enjoyed watching him in this series.Published 3 months ago by Sue Ellen Berendsen
Story lines are winey, with Jim and his wife fighting all the time and trouble with his daughter, which is not relative to the show and not up to Detective Lewis standards. Read morePublished 7 months ago by conni
I have enjoyed Kevin Whately's performance is other series that I have seen on PB. This series is excellent, with good plots and excellent performances.Published 11 months ago by Linda Glover
I bought this because I enjoy Kevin Whately in Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis series, and I wasn't disappointed in this series either. Very good. Good cast, with some humor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jill Hughes