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on March 13, 2012
This show which lasted nine seasons was the english cold case series , only it was much darker than our now as well cancelled series. I disagree that this only about the characters argueing. This show is the same as it always was. the lead character is a driven man who has lost everything but his job. He yells when things don't go well sure but the staff is dedicated to him. He is the father figure to the them and only in this season does Grace the mother figure of the group finally confront him about his disfunctional behaviour. WHy do they put up with him because they are a team and they know he cares. He's not a bully. The cases run from showing about how lsd destroyed people in the 1960's and it did do that , to nazi cases and much more. Each case is two episodes long and the show shouldn't have been cancelled. It wasn't done because of ratings that's for sure as this one was quite popular. WE have three more dvd sets coming , and lets hope they don't continue to only release one set a year. That would be a huge mistake as it would be 2015 before we get the final set. The acting in this one is outstanding and this series had the two newcomers from last series getting more at ease with their jobs. There is little in the way of extras on this set. But if you like dark crime dramas played out over two episodes and that's 12 eps for this set then you will enjoy this one. And this isn't a csi show , it's more grim but engaging. And finally even the lead character has to face some of his disfunction in this one.
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on January 27, 2012
Season six (6) of BBC's "Waking the Dead" is, per usual, so very good keeping me well entertained with its very well written, directed and sometimes very scary episodes also with its extremely good acting.

In spite of many cast changes (i.e., third new pathologist, this season), season six (6) shows "short-fused" Chief Inspector Boyd (brilliantly acted by Trevor Eve) and his Cold case investigative team solving some really nasty "cold cases" that many times have "tie-ins" with current nasty crimes. Much to my joy two (2) of the series' "old" characters and two of my favorites are still around helping Boyd solve these very horrendous "cold case" mysteries. The two returning characters that I adore are the psychologist Grace wonderfully played by Sue Johnston who is always able to keep Boyd "grounded" and functioning at his brilliant best along with super sexy and tough Spence greatly acted by Wil Johnson--he certainly gets the other characters, this season, out of some "tough spots". Again this season, the members of the "Waking the Dead" cold case team are very sure of their individual expertise in their profession and are not afraid to go "toe to toe" with their leader (Boyd) in expressing their opinions on how to solve a case. I have always loved the "knock down" arguments that they all can have. That "feature" of this series is very evident in Season six (6). By the way, the "new" pathologist is acted greatly--I like her.

All in all, I loved Season six (6) on three (3) discs with six (6) episodes that are in two (2) parts. All of the episodes in Season six (6) are really entertaining featuring tales about severe child abuse, "devil worship" honor killings, locked in embrace skeletons falling out of ceilings from a room in a hotel not known to exist, extreme religious piety involving self-flagellation, Nazi monsters, love interest for Boyd, selling of drugs and "money laundering", hidden gold etc.--all well written, acted and directed. This season of "Waking the Dead" is some splendid entertainment with each episode having me poised on the "edge of my seat".

(By the way, one of my very favorite actresses, Eileen Atkins, is simply fabulous as a raving Nazi)
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on August 30, 2012
I have enjoyed the first six seasons of Waking the Dead, which chronicles the cases of a specialized unit of London coppers. The unit chief is played by Trevor Eve (Heat of the Sun) who resembles Victor Garber (Alias). Eve is a good actor, but he (or his director) have been developing a taste for scenery chewing over the seasons. Although Waking the Dead is certainly one of the best Brit procedurals, it has been sliding downhill a little. The whodunnit part of the show remains strong, but the interpersonal tensions of the squad have slipped into melodrama, making my review of Season Six a little less glowing than earlier seasons.

This is still a good show, but alternatives present themselves, like Case Histories, Whitechapel, Sherlock, Single-Handed, and, with a fond bow to Morse, Inspector Lewis.
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on August 13, 2015
The quality of the stories seems to keep slipping! Wanted to like this series it has many top notch actors, but there is too much filler material to include constant flashbacks of the same scenes over & over & over again!!!! I found myself getting extremely bored with all of the stories on this disc. Personally, I would not recommend this season!!! The first three seasons were the best and then the quality tends to go downhill from there!!!
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on February 10, 2013
This is a BBC series with excellent acting! Trevor Eve is the star and does an excellent job. It is a bit like Law and Order Criminal Intent. Don't be afraid of the British DVD's as they will play on your laptop hooked up to your TV with the HDMI cable. Watch the whole series, worth the watch!
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on April 30, 2013
I really enjoy Waking The Dead and Season 6 does not disappoint. Trevor Eve is just as great as ever, and so is the rest of the cast. The thing I appreciate the most about this program is that it does not "dumb down" the plot as is done in so many American crime dramas. The writers assume that they have an intelligent audience, and they relate to that by rising to a higher level of complexity and depth in their scripts. I highly recommend this series. Once you start watching, you won't want to stop!
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on April 24, 2012
Waking the Dead is one of my favorites!!!!! For a while the complete series could not be purchased in the US. I had to order the series from
Amazon UK along with a multi-regional DVD player. If you enjoy watching Cold Case, then you will love this series!!!! The characters are well
developed and the story lines are very interesting. This is one of the few shows I can watch over and over again. If your a fan of murders mysteries
this is a must see. I find Cold Case(American Version) a bit too sappy but good. However, Waking the Dead is a tense, gritty series that kept me on
the edge of my seat.
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on March 26, 2013
Have loved this series from the beginning. Why is it BBC makes such great mystery/drama series? Unfortunately, when US buys rights to make they're own version we only manage to screw it up. They should just by the rights for the original and show them on BBC America like they used to.
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on May 11, 2013
Repeat, season six, outstanding. I do not have another 11 more words to add. If there is a minimum requirement, please do not ask for another review.
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