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Vexed: Series 1
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"Cheeky, irreverent" -The Guardian (U.K.)
Two bickering cops make one great team
He's lazy, disorganized, charming, and more interested in having a good time than solving crimes. She's dedicated, efficient, determined to succeed at her new job, and worried that her marriage might be falling apart. Thrown together as partners on the London police force, the two mismatched detectives solve crimes with more luck than skill, bickering and bantering along the way.
Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre, Die Another Day) is DI Jack Armstrong, and Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz, Doc Martin) plays DI Kate Bishop in a fresh approach to the cop drama. As they hunt for a serial killer who targets lonely women, investigate the attempted murder of a cranky banker, and cope with a high-profile kidnapping, Jack and Kate learn about each other, disagree on almost everything, and discover they’re not such an odd couple after all. Featuring a sexy, attractive cast, and sprinkled with jokes and repartee, Vexed is "more comedy than drama… [and] lots of fun" (The Times, U.K.).
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The murders are just an excuse for the "bada-bing, bada-boom" back and forth here. But there is enough there to make it work. And the supporting cast is all quite good.
I know, I know. You are suspicious when other people tell you that something is funny. Trust me on this one.
Toby Stephens plays DI Jack Armstrong (Jane Eyre), a single, crass, laid-back but successful sleuth cop who commonly borders on `jerk.' His newly arrived partner is DI Kate Bishop (Lucy Punch- Doc Martin's receptionist) is married, eager to prove her worth. Their irreverent manner toward each other makes the show's humor.
SDH SUBTITLES for all three 58 minute episodes
~~~~1 A blond blue-eyed man is suspect in multiple murders. The Honeybee loyalty card data base seems a link. Hot beautiful Naomi Bentley (Mutual Friends) as Loren Roberts gets hit on by Jack. Kate goes undercover. Brutal humor.
~~~~2 Banker Andrew Bridgley (Kevin Doyle- Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 Limited Edition Set - Original UK Version) is depressed over his car bombing--found with a body. More attempts at Bridgley complicate the case. Meanwhile, Kate and husband Dan (Rory Kinnear) have personal sex issues. It's all funny.
~~~~3 Gemma G, a rock group member is abducted, a case for the goofy cop duo. While trying to find the girl and the kidnapper, Kate decides about her marriage, Jack faces a groin surgeon. Coarse content comedy.
This BBC series was good enough to continue for six new episodes, planned for TV airing in late 2012. MI-5 Miranda Raison joins the new season. My funny bone is ready for those new episodes.
This is one of those shows that takes banter and wit to a politically incorrect extreme, and I'm embarrassed by how often I laughed, out loud, watching the first three episodes. Then, I recommended the show to my husband and I laughed even harder, watching these episodes with him.
I saw this show (in the US) during a short run on Acorn TV, but the lack of captions required several rewinds to understand the fast-paced dialogue and slang. Mostly, what these detectives say and do can be so appalling, I had to pause and replay sections to be sure that, yes, they really were that insensitive.
So, I came to Amazon looking for this show on DVD so I can have a version with closed captions.
I was already impressed with Lucy Punch (Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders) because she can play insensitive women with depth that's light years beyond the usual stereotypes. In "Vexed," her acting skills were pushed to an extreme. Few actors could deliver the role of DI Kate Bishop as seamlessly, humorously and convincingly as Punch.
Toby Stephens plays opposite her with a roguish twinkle in his eye and all the tact of a sledgehammer. (It's no surprise that Stephens won both the Sir John Gielgud Prize for Best Actor, and the Ian Charleson Award, for his title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1994 "Coriolanus," and he has a long list of other impressive acting credentials.)
If you're easily offended by humor that walks that fine line just barely on this side of acceptable, you might not like this series.Read more ›
"Vexed" is another "detective show" and produced in 2009 in an all-too-brief season of just three episodes. But it's been renewed for a second season to air later this year (though I don't know how many episodes are being produced this time).
"Vexed" centers around two newly-partnered Crime Inspectors played by Toby Stephens (as Jack) and Lucy Punch (as Kate), both new to me. But that's the fun. While Kate takes things seriously, Jack is a total "screw-up". You wonder how he still remains on the force! (And, like the detectives in New Tricks, I wonder why these detectives drive around in small Mercedez Benz cars.) Here too, the crimes committed are not the full focus of the 59-minute episodes (in the UK there are no commercials on the BBC). It's about the characters and their personal lives. I won't reveal too much, so as to not spoil the fun, but let me say that Jack is definitely not "politically correct" in his actions and words - and you will hear expletives in the shows. These are the original UK episodes with no editing for the US audience. (BTW, there is an "English subtitles" option if the accents get too strong for you; they weren't for me.). Somehow, I found Stephens' accent and manner to be not unlike that of Ricky Gervais. And I like Gervais.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too bad there were only 3 episodes in series 1. The chemistry between Stephens and Punch is great. Good script had my husband and I laughing out loud pretty often The majority of... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Uintah Springs
A great example of why I am so fond of British TV. Funny and witty, only wish there were more of these two togetherPublished 15 days ago by mrh664
Standard, generic crime-of-the-week stuff. Lazily slapped together, no behind-the-scenes insight takes place at the police station, the leads are either driving somewhere or at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by chazview
Irreverent and funny. This series takes the very serious topic of murder and being a police detective - or as they say in Britain, Detective Inspector - and turns it on its ear. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natalie
Very funny premise. I love Lucy Punch. Wish she was in season 2.Published 6 months ago by Margaret Wilburn
Loved the show. It was very funny and very well acted. The two main characters were outstanding. I remember Lucy Punch from the first few episodes of Doc Martin. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. P. Broussard
wonderfully and acted, well done, well cast
toby does the schlub act with a great indifference
very, very funny havent watched series 2 yet but here's hoping