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Vexed: Series 1 (2010)

Lucy Punch , Toby Stephens  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucy Punch, Toby Stephens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008KEQLZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Very original" -The Times (U.K.)
"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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically Funny August 20, 2012
Format:DVD
I had no idea what to expect when I started watching this series (the title does nothing for the show, in my opinion), but from the opening apartment-hunting scene through each of the three well-scripted episodes, I found myself laughing outloud.

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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Two self-obsessed cops who can't seem to edit what they say, a supporting cast ranging from cerebral to insensitive, and a lot of slide-off-the-sofa-laughing humor make these three episodes from "Vexed" fun and worth seeing.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of LOL BBC London DIs August 5, 2012
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FUNNY! London's crime stopping copper couple relate like chalk `n cheese as they turn homicide into humor. Sarcasm constantly erupts--even around corpses. Cop incompetence & underachieving public servants. You'll LOVE them. Witty, this klutzy blonde and arrogant stud will keep the laughs going like a pair of stand-ups. Like no, ha-ha.... other, tee-hee.... investigative series.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard April 3, 2013
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Wanted to like this. Both lead characters are good actors. The story line, not so special.
Then we get to the distracted, irreverant and obscene behavior at the crime scenes. It's one thing to pop wise and mark off-hand comments that border on bad taste, but these two ignore the fact that a life has ended violently, that the body is barely cold on the floor, and they spend the time like two teenage girls/boys chatting at the back of the school bus on the way home after class.
How can anyone support, endorse or even like characters who are so cold and uncaring about some lonely young woman's death? Being objective is one thing but they are completely indifferent.
Sorry, but I find no humor about arranging furniture to cover a blood stain while the body is still on the floor. Perhaps I have too much sensitivity for the victim. Perhaps they should instill a little of that in the main characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I love the police and crime dramas from the UK much better than those on US commercial television and, over the last few years I've found myself "hooked" on the ones from the BBC, whether released on DVD by PBS Home Video, BBC Home Video or, in this case, from Acorn Media Group. It was Acorn who introduced me to the wonderful series "New Tricks" which is now airing Season Nine in the UK and for which Acorn released Season Eight last month.

"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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly funny and intelligent
Tongue-in-cheek detective show, with a lazy, egotistical male officer and a super-keen, intelligent female officer. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy Punch and Toby Stephens = comedic magic
Without question this is the funniest TV series (Season 1 only) I've seen in a long long time.

Toby Stephens and Lucy Punch together are priceless and Season 1 will... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kevin Barbour
1.0 out of 5 stars ... say - this one moved me - it was terrible. Not cute
I am not usually moved to write reviews but I have to say - this one moved me - it was terrible. Not cute, not funny and certainly not even remotely a mystery. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Claudia Haller
5.0 out of 5 stars TOBY SHEPHENS ROCKS!
TOBY STEPHENS IS AWESOME!!!! i love him. this show is soooo HILARIOUS! i just bought the 2nd season and can't wait to watch it. He's hot! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet Carol Schiffner
2.0 out of 5 stars Like it's main characters, this show thinks that it's much more...
This show would have been great in the 80s. It has all the earmarks of a buddy cop show that pushes the envelope. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Lieder
1.0 out of 5 stars Incompetent detectives are more annoying than funny.
Incompetent detectives are more annoying than funny.
The sophomoric humor consists of standing over a dead red-head woman's body and wondering if she has a "Ginger... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul J. Mular
5.0 out of 5 stars Inane, inappropriate, politically incorrect and absolutely hilarious
Inane, inappropriate, politically incorrect and absolutely hilarious. Detectives DI Jack Armstrong and DI Kate Bishop bicker like adolescents but always seem to so the case. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hansbandu
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Doesn't seem to work.
Published 2 months ago by Bernadette Hackett
3.0 out of 5 stars Vexed, Series 1
The series is okay, but got real tired of all the sexual innuendos. Maybe that's part of the British humor, but there are other series I would rather watch.
Published 4 months ago by Charlene M Motzko
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Amusing
I like the show very much, especially Jack. The female actor is extremely humorous, as well. I highly recommend this show for anyone who enjoys a good comedy.
Published 5 months ago by Lei Ma
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