Touching Evil: Set 1
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
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