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Wire in the Blood - Complete First Season (2005)

Robson Green , Hermione Norris , Declan O'Dwyer , Andy Goddard  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robson Green, Hermione Norris
  • Directors: Declan O'Dwyer, Andy Goddard, Alex Pillai, Roger Gartland
  • Format: Box set, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 292 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wire in the Blood - Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • Robson Green and Hermione Norris Bios
  • About the Author and Coastal Productions
  • Original Series Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Wire in the Blood: The Complete First Season Brilliant, passionate and eccentric, clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) has an extraordinary understanding of the criminal mind. It enables him to empathize with both victim and murderer – and even to visualize the crimes. Working alongside the ambitious and driven Detective Inspector Carol Jordon (Hermione Norris), Dr. Hill helps the police profile and track down vicious killers in northern England. DISC 1 - THE MERMAIDS SINGING Three men have been tortured and mutilated. As fear grips the city, DI Jordan and Dr. Hill join together for the first time to find a killer. DISC 2 - SHADOWS RISING The bodies of two girls are found in a remote lake. New leads suggest a bizarre connection to death threats made against a TV celebrity. DISC 3 - JUSTICE PAINTED BLIND A brutal strangulation bears shocking resemblance to a controversial unsolved case. Dr. Hill, however, believes a different killer is at work.

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Crime Drama at its Very Best! January 7, 2006
By Tiggah
Format:DVD
Based on the novels by Val McDermid, Wire in the Blood is a gritty, rivetting, suspenseful psychological crime drama; it is also, without a doubt, one of the best series of that genre around. Robson Green (Touching Evil, Reckless, Me & Mrs. Jones, The Student Prince, The Gambling Man, Grafters, Soldier Soldier) stars as Dr. Tony Hill, a clinical psychologist who moonlights as a criminal profiler for the police. Tony is brilliant in his ability to gain insights into the criminal mind, but his brilliance comes at a cost, compensated as it is by an equal degree of social ineptitude. Like an absent-minded professor, Tony has a mind so focused that he easily becomes oblivious to his surroundings and to those around him. It doesn't help matters that he talks to himself or that he finds it helpful to physically act out various aspects of the crime in question--things that are best NOT done in a public place! Though the storylines are very serious--even chilling--the very nature of Tony's character provides the occasional welcome moment of lightness and humour. Those familiar with Robson Green will know that this is the type of character at which he excels--characters which are, at the very least, just a little bit odd.

Tony's connection with the police is via Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan (Hermione Norris--Cold Feet's Karen Marsden), a shrewd, hard-working cop, who is well aware of Tony's brilliant mind and of his value to the police. There exists almost from the start--and always beneath the surface--a mutual attraction between Tony and Carol, and it is here that Tony most poignantly feels his lack of social skills.

There are, at the time of writing, two sets on dvd (with set three due for release in February 2006).
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely FANTASTIC entertainment!!! October 6, 2004
Format:DVD
I am a person who reads copiously and I am invariably disappointed with the TV adaptations to my fave books - but not this time.
Robson Green is brilliant as Dr.Tony Hill. The stories are portrayed as grittily as they are on paper.
The same suspense, excitement and horror is there. Some of Val Macdermids Tony Hill series have been scaled down for television, but the ensuing TV versions make for exciting viewing. Realistic without being depressing, Violent without becoming nauseous, I would reccommend the Wire in the Blood series to any crime drama buff. Those of you who loved Prime Suspect will not be disappointed with this.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only American television could be this good July 6, 2004
Format:DVD
Shown on BBC America a few months ago, this is a series worth owning. Based on Val McDermid's book series, the shows are a trimmed down version of some of the stories. I recomend the books and the television series as they both hold their own.
The Wire in the Blood television series is dark, creepy, gritty, and compelling. These are psychological dramas that don't sugar-coat the crimes, the people, or the situations. They're not for everyone, but the majority of mystery/crime drama fans will find them more than satisfying. The characters are well written and acted without being standard or cliche and the stories, while dark, are a compelling look into the psychology of criminal profiling and anaylysis.
Good characters, strong writing and high production standards is what really sells this series.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Every Nerd With Dreams of Grandeur August 5, 2004
Format:DVD
I found this series especially delightful because Robson Green's character lives within the confines of his own mind. Though he shows remarkable insight into the actions of the violent and deranged, he also displays that phenomenal lack of social consciousness that is particular to geniuses and artists (as in "Yes, I just invented nuclear fission, but no, I didn't know I was supposed to wear socks and shoes to this award ceremony."). This makes for some truly unusual and amusing situations, that help bring levity to the gruesome crimes he investigates. If you like Touching Evil or Monk, this series may be for you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAR BETTER THAN MOST SUSPENSE MOVIES! August 15, 2006
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THE BBC IS BRILLIANT.HAVING PRODUCED SOME OF TV'S BEST AND BY FAR INTELLIGENT THRILLERS & MYSTERIES NOW BRING US "WIRE IN THE BLOOD" . INTRIGUEING PLOTS ,INTRICATE ,INDEPTH CHARACTORS SOO WELL WRITTEN AND DIRECTED THAT HOLLYWOOD SHOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK,AS THEY CAN'T COME CLOSE ,NO MATTER HOW MUCH $ THEY SPEND.ROBSON GREEN STARRING AS DR. HILL ,A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AIDING THE BRADFORD POLICE'S DCI JORDAN{HERMIONE NORRIS} IN TRACKING DOWN SERIAL KILLERS WORK SPELINDLY TOGETHER.PAST IT'S THIRD SEASON & INTO A SPINOFF "TOUCHING EVIL"THERE IS NOT ONE BAD EPISODE.CSI IS GOOD YET THIS IS FAR THE SUPERIOR.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for McDermid Fans June 26, 2008
Format:DVD
Robson Green's "Wire in the Blood," a British television detective series, is actually made by Green's own production company - he's a big television star in the United Kingdom -- for Independent Television (ITV). The series is based upon the work of prize-winning British author Val McDermid, set in her fictional Midlands city of Bradfield, which she undoubtedly based upon the Midlands city of Manchester, where she worked as a journalist for 16 years, and still resides. Furthermore, it's filmed in Manchester, in the English Midlands, which we don't see much of here (Green's a native of Newcastle, not all that far away.) It's a crime drama/police procedural, focusing largely on the capture of serial killers (a theme some of us may find overused), and it is gritty, sometimes gory. And many Americans, me among them, must wish it had subtitles: between the local accent, and the softness with which the characters speak, it's very difficult to make out what's going on.

The series is nicely filmed, on location, and uses enough extras to make that location believable as a bustling city. It boasts a good cast. Robson Green, to be sure, stars as Dr. Tony Hill, psychologist-academic-profiler, giving a substantial performance as an intense, intelligent, troubled, fallible, and flexible man. He is ably supported by Hermione Norris as Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan; Emma Hardy as DC Paula McIntyre, and Mark Letheren as DS Kevin Geoffries.

However, "Wire" now advertises itself as "based upon the characters created by" McDermid, a relatively new author, who hasn't written nearly enough to keep a series going. Most episodes of the series are written by others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine Drama, Impossible Sound track for Many Americans
What I could understand of the dialog certainly reinforced the notion that this is a fine drama, with superior leads. Read more
Published 6 months ago by drkhimxz
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Crime stories.
Writing and story line are very good. However, stories are a bit too violent for me. There are scenes that are too filled with blood and gore.
Published 7 months ago by Paul Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I love Robson Green but I was not familiar with this series. The production quality is good - the sound level is consistent - don't have to keep turning it up and then down to hear... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jamie L. White
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CHEMISTRY
Wire in the Blood is a good crime drama with a psychologist and detective inspector working together to solve crimes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Ferguson
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of Series
Not as many episodes as I would have liked. This DVD only contains four episodes would have liked more, love the series.
Published 16 months ago by Georgia Rennick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire in the Blood
Gritty, graphic, brilliant and mesmerizing. This series is very smart. If you have the stomach for this, it is addicting.
Published 23 months ago by A. Seibert
3.0 out of 5 stars Wire in the blood
The serie is completely perfect, amazing actors and all season are amazing, but terrible for latin people. English subs at least we need. thank you
Published 23 months ago by Chuster
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, well-plotted, and disturbing crime drama
I discovered this series quite by accident. Having watched and appreciated Masterpiece Contemporary: Place of Execution, I was keen to read the novel (which inspired the TV... Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by Z Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again ...
... the Brits show that you can make a crime drama ten times better than anything Hollywood has to offer by casting actors in the lead roles instead of super-models :)
Published on August 21, 2011 by theflyingtinman
5.0 out of 5 stars The UK are the best
Wire in the Blood shows once again why the UK are masters at crime and police procedurals. Robson Green is absolutely amazing as Dr. Tony Hill. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by B. Cooper
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