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Crime-to-court suspense from Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante -- creator of the award-winning Prime Suspect, widely regarded as the ultimate intelligent crime drama -- scores again with Trial & Retribution. From the scene of the crime to the tactics in the courtroom, these British thrillers explore the bitter internal rivalries among police investigators, the political pressures of high-profile cases, and the legal maneuverings of defense attorneys and prosecutors. As always, La Plante plumbs the emotional depths of her characters with dark and often disturbing results.

In these riveting, feature-length mysteries, police probe an abandoned house concealing multiple murders, a dysfunctional family with a deeply troubled musical prodigy, the mysterious disappearance of a well-connected woman, and a shadowy sex club for London’s elite.

Starring David Hayman (Hope and Glory), Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy), with guest stars Charles Dance, Gemma Jones, Ben Cross, Tim McInnerny, and Simon Callow.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon; text description of the Criminal Investigation Department; and Lynda La Plante biography.

Contains graphic scenes

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As completely immersive as a first-rate mystery novel, Lynda LaPlante's Trial & Retribution will captivate fans of Brit crime, but also lovers of top-notch character study. As with her beloved Prime Suspect, LaPlante infuses Trial & Retribution with cinematic layers of atmosphere, complicated twists, and flawed heroes and heroines every bit as interesting as each plot. In fact, this second set of episodes is perhaps more engrossing as character studies, especially of Detective Superintendent Michael Walker (David Hayman) and his companion and fellow cop, Detective Inspector Pat North (Kate Buffery). Walker has made a mess of his personal life, with an estranged wife and kids who still want him back, and with a growing gap between himself and Pat, after a trauma has shattered their lives. But behind their stiff upper lips, both Walker and North are on the verge of breaking down--despite their tough exteriors. And there are still extreme crimes to be solved. Skeletons of young women are unearthed at a former bed and breakfast inn in a leafy neighborhood, and even after nearly two decades, there are more than enough plausible suspects as Walker and his team slowly dig into the past--literally and figuratively. Other discs in the set follow the sordid doings at a secret sex club, a serial rapist and murderer who may or may not be mentally ill, and even the grisly internal politics of Britain's judicial system. The series is one of the most satisfying for mystery and drama fans in any country, and is squarely aimed at grownups, unafraid to examine the most sordid side of their fellow man--as well as the most vulnerable. --A.T. Hurley

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  • Actors: David Hayman, Dorian Lough, Victoria Smurfit, Kate Buffery, Gemma Jones
  • Writers: Lynda La Plante
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 731 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trial and Retribution: Set 2" on IMDb

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The serial murderer is very clever.
carol irvin
It was o.k. I would not recommend it I thought it was too brutal and the murder scenes too gory.
Summer
I love the character studies, the twists, the turns, the personalities.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Walker Pond on March 17, 2009
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Loved season one and found the police procedural part compelling but frankly got more interested in the relationship between chain smoking Mike and lanky Pat....fascinated by how she could stand the guy!!! Anyway, this is a first rate mystery, procedural, character series. Each part is well done whether its the who done it, how are they found out and who's involved. The characters are well drawn and richly fleshed out. Mike is a bit of an enigma and that just makes the show more engaging. The second set is every bit as exciting as the first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2010
Season Two is not as good as season one but hold on, as this show is just hitting its stride so that by season three it is terrific. This season presents a very good serial murder story but it doesn't do anything gound breaking yet. The serial murderer is very clever. He has his wife cover for him, his girlfriend, his child, a retarded man and two brothers. Our detectives are able to press his prosecution after he mistakenly leaves one victim alive. However with all the covering up by all of these other people it is an up hill battle. There is more courtroom aspect to this one than any of the others and some are going to find that a little tedious after awhile. There is a dynamite resolution, however, so hang in there.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dapper Dan on October 20, 2012
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BBC does it again.EVERY season was sensational.US commercial television should get hints in how to do a show the right way.BBC is RAW at times,but it tells a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yankee1 on May 17, 2013
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Roisin Conner is a much better match for mike then pat north. Walker and north just did not seem the right match.
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This is not a mere sedate version of "Law and Order" or "CSI," although the general tenor is similar.

From Britain comes this saga of crime investigation and court trial of prime suspects. The stories open after discovery of a body or its member part. Slow, tedious and, at times fruitless, investigation follows. Forensics weigh in as also plain gum shoe grunt work. The lawyers take over once a case is brought in to the courts. While all this seems familiar to us, fed on years of Law & Order or CSI, "Trial & Retribution" is much more than just a stretched out transatlantic version. There is ample time for development of suspicions, hints, misdirected leads, disappointments and victories.

The pace is slow enough to taste the nuances, learn to love or hate the personalities, test our own theories and simply enjoy the conversational subtleties. Access to the latest high-tech equipment is neither assured nor easy, civility calls for a soft touch during questioning, and love and hatred are not compressed into 30 second snippets. Their courtroom dramatics are not temper tantrums but a delightful coda that mixes rapier thrusts of wit and gracious concessions.

Lt. Columbo and Ben Matlock would be our closest counterparts who will match the leading characters from "Trial & Retribution." The crimes are the same -murder, distortion, lust and greed, its perpetrators are just as pathological as ours, and the consequences are also similar. The face of deviancy is no different across the pond. We hear the Brits tell their tales in a voice that is some times a refreshing contrast to what Hollywood has habituated us. Familiarity with the actors or British penal system is not at all a requirement to enjoy this series.
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They compare this to law and order.... but I say it is "Criminal Minds" mixed with Law and Order. Why the PBS stations do not have this on their schedule is their loss. They are finding out the British shows are their bread and butter but don't bring the tried and true to our televisions for viewing. Some scenes are very graphic, but does not take away from the quality of the show. Personally, if you are comparing this to the Law and Order in recent years.... there is no comparison. This is much, much, much better. That's how I feel and I now have all the Episodes....
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Set 2 has sub-titles.. 3 is coming in October. Don't know about 1 or 3
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