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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 of the 5 episodes included in this set
Just so you know!!!

Episode One: Prayer of the Bone, was considered a "special" and is not included in the Season 5 Set. It is scheduled to be released as a separate DVD on August 5th 2008. Each episode is about 83 minutes in length. This is a quality series that seems to improve each year as the character delvelopment matures.

~ ~ SEASON 5 EPISODES...
Published on July 11, 2008 by WebScribe

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but overpriced.
This is a wonderful show, but at $45 dollars for just four 86 minute episodes you have to ask yourself shouldn't I rent it from netflix?

Yes that's right four disks with one episode each. They probebly could have gotten on to two, but then it would have been more obvious what alot of money it costs.
Published on July 10, 2008 by Vicki G. Ralls


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 of the 5 episodes included in this set, July 11, 2008
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WebScribe "webscribes" (Kicking the sand on Myrtle Beach, SC USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
Just so you know!!!

Episode One: Prayer of the Bone, was considered a "special" and is not included in the Season 5 Set. It is scheduled to be released as a separate DVD on August 5th 2008. Each episode is about 83 minutes in length. This is a quality series that seems to improve each year as the character delvelopment matures.

~ ~ SEASON 5 EPISODES ~ ~

Episode One: Prayer of the Bone

In the season premiere, Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) finds himself a fish out of water when he's invited to Texas as an expert witness in a case where an Iraq combat veteran has confessed to brutally slaughtering his wife and two young children. His defense team claims that he's suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the prosecution asks Tony, who met with the soldier in the UK, to join them in disproving that claim. Alone in a strange country, surrounded by hostile lawyers and police, Tony finds himself at the center of a death penalty case with competing legal and political interests. He's insulted, threatened, framed, and physically attacked while the case takes a strange turn. Everyone seems to have a vested interest in the case - everyone except the suspect, who strangely seems determined to die.

Episode Two: The Color of Amber

When a woman sees a young girl being snatched by a man in a car, DI Alex Fielding (Simone Lahbib) fears they may only have hours to get her back alive. Since only one percent of the victims in abduction cases survive beyond a day, new ACC James Morrison (Christopher Colquhoun) reacts by calling an Amber alert, which floods the media with public pleas for information. He also pulls Tony in to help with profiling likely abductors.

Episode Three: Nocebo

Alex investigates the murder of a teenage girl and a young boy, who bear signs of ritual killings. The trail leads to a property tycoon who'll stop at nothing to get the rent, a preacher whose healing activities involve animal sacrifice, and a self-styled artist whose works not only depict violence, but are painted in blood. Tony puzzles over what the killer might want to gain and why. Is this religion? And is it one killer or two, with one suspect the acolyte of another?

Episode Four: The Names of Angels

Two women are found raped and strangled, wearing the clothing of victims killed years earlier in Europe. Is the killer boasting to police about past crimes, leaving bodies where they can easily be found? And why is he choosing victims from the business world? As Tony tries to unravel the deadly puzzle, he's confronted by an unpleasant distraction - an 18-year-old released killer turns up on his doorstep.

Episode Five: Anything You Can Do

When a vulnerable elderly woman is suffocated in her home, Alex and Tony suspect Bernard Kelly (Ian Peck), a security guard who has a dysfunctional relationship with his mother and was seen at the scene of the crime by several witnesses. But when the killings escalate, it appears to be the work of more than one murderer. Could the deaths be connected to the sudden return of Tony's old hero, respected psychologist Jonathan Goode?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I purchased the series via streaming and loved it!, October 11, 2011
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 adaptation) by Val McDermid. The novel was very well-written, and a nail-biting suspense thriller. Then I discovered that Val McDermid wrote other novels as well, and a couple of them inspired the TV crime drama Wire in the Blood.

I finished watching all of Season 1 and have become a fan of this gritty crime drama that follows the investigations led by DI Carol Jordan (Hermione Norris). She is assisted by clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green), a rather eccentric figure who delves deeply into the minds of serial killers, studies patterns of criminal behavior and profiles criminals. His methods may seem strange at times, but he always manages to get results. Both Jordan and Hill make a strange if compelling pair, with Jordan analyzing a case based on evidence, and Hill working based on his knowledge of deviant behavior and what makes people commit disturbing crimes.

Unlike some of the "cozy" mysteries such as the long-running Midsomer Murders - Set One and The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Wire in the Blood is not for the faint of heart. The crimes are horrific, sometimes involving children, almost always patterned on deviant behavior and the suspects are almost always very disturbed individuals. The crime scenes are difficult to watch as are the way victims are found and even the forensic examinations are graphic and unsettling. Though compelling, this is not really a show to watch in one sitting, and may very well give viewers nightmares.

The first season contains three main stories, each divided into two episodes:
The Mermaids Singing - Hill is on the trail of a seriously disturbed serial killer who targets homosexuals.
Shadows Rising - The skeletal remains of a young woman is found, and when further evidence turns up, DI Jordan and Hill realize they have a serial killer on their hands, one with a penchant for dark-haired young women.
Justice Painted Blind - Another unsettling case, this time revolving around an old child abduction and murder case. A couple of apparently random murders turn out not to be so random after all when it is discovered that the victims do share a connection involving an old court case where the accused was found not guilty. This throws up a whole bunch of suspects, including the parents of the murdered girl.

The writing on this crime drama is excellent, and Robson Green is credible as the clinical psychologist who has a rare knack for profiling and getting under the skin of some of the most dangerous criminals. The drama also explores the chemistry and tension between Hill and DI Jordan, all of which result in a riveting show that keeps viewers coming back for more.

The streaming was good overall with only a little delayed streaming during Episode One. There were no glitches on the other episodes. The picture quality could be improved though as it did seem a bit grainy to me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely Crafted Crime Drama, July 10, 2008
This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
This is not a review for season five only but also for all four previous seasons as well as season six currently being shown on British television.

The show tells the story of a crime detective unit based in a fictional city in northern England. Together with the help of a brilliant but dysfunctional clinical psychologist (played to perfection by Robson Green), they try to solve the most grisly and disturbing murder cases.

Each episode lasts 90 minutes so this gives more room for character and story development. It's also more brutal, intense and violent than most television shows so not for the squeamish.

This is state of the art finely crafted crime drama featuring strong scripts and three dimensional characters you really care for. The acting by all involved is truly superb and the writing is top notch. It's riveting, captivating, engrossing, gripping and powerful stuff with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the last minute. This will have you glued on your sofa and make you shiver. Turn off the lights, sit comfortably and enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but overpriced., July 10, 2008
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This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
This is a wonderful show, but at $45 dollars for just four 86 minute episodes you have to ask yourself shouldn't I rent it from netflix?

Yes that's right four disks with one episode each. They probebly could have gotten on to two, but then it would have been more obvious what alot of money it costs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show but one episode missing from 5th season, August 2, 2008
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I really like this original and clever show. I have a question though - where is a first episode of the fifth season? It was shot in Texas and was about american soldier with PTSD. BBC site gives a full description of the Episode One: Prayer of the Bone . Why the season called full if one episode is missing? If anyone knows the answer I would be very interested to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best season yet, with one small exception, August 22, 2008
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I've been a sort of halfhearted fan of this series since season one, but season five finally won me over completely. The stories are especially compelling and original this time, and less "demented" (despite the quote on the box!) than previous seasons. Each episode is written, produced, and directed in an entirely different style, e.g., the first one is fast-paced, with the camera never alighting for more than a few seconds, while the second one is very grainy, jumpy, and almost completely colorless; the last episode is a bit over saturated with color, giving it a sort of surreal look. This is somewhat daring, but it works extremely well.

Another strength of this season is the character of Alex. I really liked Carol, but Alex is at least as compelling, if not more so. Also Kevin and Paula, as the "minor" characters, are superbly well written and well acted.

And then there's Tony, who is my "small exception." He's as charming and likeable as ever, if not more so, and seems to have become a bit more compassionate and considerate of other people. (I was thoroughly charmed by the popcorn-with-Ben scene!) But a little of his eccentricity is gone. We don't really see just how much of a complete oddball he is. However, they more than made up for it in "Prayer of the Bone" so I can't really even call it a flaw.

If you like a truly suspenseful, intelligent, multi-layered drama, but previous episodes have left you uncertain about watching this series, give season five a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robson Green FAN-atic, November 20, 2009
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Robson embellishes any movie he is in, regardless of the quality of the rest of it. I love having him to myself in TOUCHING EVIL, and WIRE IN THE BLOOD series. As another reviewer stated, he has perfected the role, ([bleeding heart psychiatrist]), who seems less afraid, but rather enchanted, with the illnesses of his patients. He empathizes with how they got the way they are instead of despising them for how they evolved from their molding circumstances. Without condescention, he faces the bad (the killer), and the good (the police and innocent victims), without judging either. That could make him appear apathetic, or stoic, but doesn't because of the way he has a grip on the role he plays (compassionate!). I have all of the captioned above and hope the rumors aren't true that this is the last of WIRE....But if it is, I'll be looking forward to whatever he does next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series made, February 6, 2009
This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
I caught an episode of Wire in the Blood - Nocebo as a rerun on HBO. I am completely won over by this intricate crime drama. I would recommend this show to anyone tired and bored by the endless stream of mindless trival 'reality' shows to get into this program to challenge their mind and engage the active part of their brain. Cast was well chosen and act as though this is not a program but real crime drama. Not wooden but includes little pieces of their lives away from the crime scene. A must see program. Robson Green is a superb actor. Not too know it all but human to make mistakes and regret them. Excellent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renee, July 28, 2008
This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
Enjoyed this product very much. I enjoyed the increasing involment between DI Fielding and the lead character. The chemistry is increasing the longer they spend together. I also liked that we got to see a little more of DI Fielding's personal life in this chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robson green and great writing, February 11, 2009
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This review is from: Wire In The Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
This show always is excellent, as far as british crime or mystery shows
goes this is one of the best ever made. The stories are well done and the acting is top notch with interesting twists in the realistic and brutal storylines. This show pulls no punches as it enters into the twisted minds of criminals and the profiler psychiatrist who helps out in a northern english city police force. The show looks like it is shot in Manchester but it is called by another name in the show. One episode is not on this disc the excellent 'prayer of the bone" which is on a seperate disc. Still crime shows don't get much better than this one on either side of the ocean. It's just a great show that never has had a less than well made episode. Unfortunately like all British shows you only get about five shows a year , but these are an hour and a half shows , still one could hope for at least 8 of these a year. The realism and depth of the main character Tony Hill as protrayed by the excellent Robson Green is well worth viewing because he just makes this role truly part of himself in everyway. I bet he went to crime scenes even in real life to research his role. But the writers too must be applauded for their way above average stories. Lets hope this show continues on for many years to come.
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