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The spellbinding British crime drama seen on Mystery!
"Fascinating" --The New York Times
"Cool, creepy stuff" --Entertainment Weekly
"Riveting" --The Boston Globe
Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green, Wire in the Blood, Reckless) is new to the Organized and Serial Crime unit, but he’s no stranger to violence. After a gunshot wound to the head, Creegan recovers to find his personal life in shambles--and realizes his own unique ability to connect with the criminal mind.
He joins an elite team of detectives that takes on the most dangerous evildoers in Britain, from sadists and serial killers to psychopaths and pedophiles. Creegan’s new colleagues, DI Susan Taylor (Nicola Walker, MI-5) and DC Mark Rivers (Shaun Dingwall, Above Suspicion), are wary of his methods. While the OSC uses advanced police techniques, Creegan prefers to rely on his instincts. But they soon learn to respect him for his results, even though he rarely plays by the rules.
Touching Evil’s superb ensemble cast also includes Michael Feast (State of Play), with guest stars Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Match Point), Philip Jackson (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Little Dorrit). A hit on PBS, this award-winning drama features gripping investigations into ghastly crimes, anchored by Green’s charismatic lead performance.
Contains violence, nudity, and disturbing images
This three-volume set captures a police force totally unlike the ones U.S. television and film audiences regularly see. Gone are the gunshots and widespread violence that afflict characters on NYPD Blue and Homicide. This dark British miniseries has an unflinching focus on the pensive, slightly spooked but always confident Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green). Of course the caseload isn't entirely alien to a pop culture audience, weaned as it is on crime novels and American television-style plots. There's an aging geneticist who is possessed by an odd infatuation--apparently not a sexual one--with children, keeping them penned in an all-white room while watching them on a remote video cam, and other deviants just interesting enough to capture extended interest. Touching Evil's pacing is intricately slow, such that evidence gathering can be seen from an inchworm-like perspective (showing tweezers extracting a single hair, for example). Green's role is structured like Fox Mulder and other U.S. television creations. Moody and a bit inscrutable, Creegan comes to the Organized and Serial Crime Unit after a long sabbatical, triggered (no pun, really!) by his getting shot in the head. Rather than give up police work after meeting with the bullet, however, he recommits to the job, treating cases as if they're his personal obsession. And they are. Creegan violates all the conventions his American TV-cop counterparts break in their unbridled passion to solve crimes, but he does it with unforced and unhurried relish. The plots in each of these episodes are singular, allowing the story lines to develop like good mysteries, even driving the viewer to suspect that Creegan's passions are leading him waywardly away from the cases. Shot with mostly stoic camera angles, the show's energy changes significantly when Creegan's heart begins to pound, the camera catches in halted visuals, and the drama builds and builds until, well, until it avoids resolution time and again, much to the viewer's delight. --Andrew Bartlett
Touching Evil: Set 2
Top Customer Reviews
If you are still reading this review, also know you will likely NOT be able to turn off the DVD. You get drawn into the crime serial offender's mind and motivation, wanting to find the reason as much as the special police force doing the investigating. Not exactly entertaining, not always pleasant, not light, not always horror; BUT emotional, graphic, gripping, hypnotic, disgusting crime, in a well-done mystery format.
The primary cast, beginning with DI Creegan (Robson Green) and DI Taylor (Nicola Walker) make the show seem real, too real, and a world you'll never want to touch. Commander Enwright (Michael Feast) & DC Rivers (Shaun Dingwall), also well played roles, are joined by guest stars. These 4 make a detective team of OSC (Organized & Serial Crime) unit. They're called in when the crimes become exceptionally ghastly, appalling, and an obvious serial crime with the perpetrator at large. The evil-doer must be caught to end the reign of travesty. The stories are extremely well written with multiple plots and even carry over into a later episode, or at least the effects of the investigation on the cops and victims.
So why can such debauchery be worthy of a 5-star review? No matter how weird, how creepy, how sinister the crimes get, you simply can't turn it off, and you are driven to watch the entire 8 episodes of this 3-series complete collection.Read more ›
Good picture, acting, and stories.
If you can get past the dramatic, unrelated to the stories themselves, the stories are interesting, and never is any event predictable. Its not lighthearted entertainment, and the stories are interesting, but I gave it a 4 and not a 5 because the overly dramatic personality quirks of the main characters really detracts from the stories overall.
I like the longer length - about 100 minutes in each of the eight episodes. And appreciate the 'play all' feature instead of having to play each separately.
I enjoyed this when I watched it in the UK and again on these dvds; it will definitely be top of my list for repeated viewings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A walk on the wild side in the company of Robson Green....what's not to like?Published 15 days ago by Lynne
Great series from BBC/PBS - some viewers might find this series intense but the stories are complex and excellently acted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. McGee
Terrific crime series set in Scotland with very good actors, strong plots.Published 3 months ago by garett t.
Aired in 1997. DVDs were likely burned from a VCR tape master. Hence, poor quality picture and audio, no subtitles & poor menus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave S.
I like the acting in this one also. Interesting, It is also a little different.Published 6 months ago by Genny
This is a very good crime drama. It was the first time I saw Robson Green act in any role and I was struck by how intense he was in a very subtle kind of way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alfreda J. Harris
This is a really interesting series. The best one is the first one. It's truly frightening and holds your interest. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer