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Sergeant Cribb: The Horizontal Witness

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AS SEEN ON PBS MYSTERY!

Unravelling the mysterious and lurid crimes of Victorian society

Based on the novels of prize-winning author Peter Lovesey and filled with lavish period detail and jaw-dropping plot twists, the adventures of Sergeant Cribb cast a spotlight on the dark underbelly of Victorian life.

From the vulgar brothels of London’s fogbound streets to the respectable royal apartments of Windsor Castle, Sergeant Cribb maintains a level head and a wry sense of humour to unravel complex crimes in Queen Victoria’s England. A detective of Scotland Yard’s newly formed Criminal Investigation Department, Cribb receives little support for his efforts from his superiors. Wearing his trademark bowler hat and squeaky boots, Cribb relies on his own shrewdness and the plodding assistance of Constable Thackeray to expose the vile deeds of Victorian criminals. approx. 298 mins. col.

Includes: The Horizontal Witness / Something Old, Something New / The Hand That Rocks the Cradle / The Last Trumpet / The Choir That Wouldn’t Sing / Murder Old Boy?


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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 298 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRP41W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 24, 2006
Whether it involves brutal, bare-knuckle boxing, hip-swiveling walk races, Victorian houses of pleasure or English boarding schools for privileged boys, Detective Inspector Cribb is unfazed and unimpressed. Although polite, that includes his dealings with his betters.

Sergeant Cribb - Set Two includes six one-hour mysteries, two from the first season from 1980 and four from the second season from 1981. As originally broadcast, according to IMDb, the first season had eight shows and the second season had six.

Cribb, played by Alan Dobie, is a Scotland Yard detective in Victorian London. He's smart, and smart enough to defer to his superiors both in Scotland Yard and in society. He has a wry sense of humor. He'll probably never get promoted. He is very good at his job. He's aided by Detective Constable Thackery (William Simons), a steadfast but none too bright copper. His superior, Inspector Jowett (David Waller), is an elderly gent of the old school, comfortable with his club and highly deferential to royalty.

The mysteries in this set are for the most part clever with solutions that make sense. What makes them interesting, however, is the evocation of Victorian life. In set two we find ourselves in an elegant Victorian bawdy house, a nursery in Windsor Castle and an "old boy's" boarding school. The production values are high, from the details of Victorian working life to the well-tailored tails and gowns of wealthy Englishmen and their ladies at dinner.

One of the pleasures of British mystery series is the acting depth. Almost without exception the acting is first-rate, from the smallest parts of elderly gents and maids to the lead roles.
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I ran across these dvds and immediately ordered. I've just completed watching all the episodes and loved as much I remembered them back into 1980. Pure fun and enjoyment!
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Sergeant Cribb: The Horizontal Witness arrived on time priced perfect in good condition very happy with purchase from start to finish cheers
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Passed this off to my neighbor who loves anything BRITISH movie/tv wise.....shame that a cast member has now passed...enjoyable series
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Good plots and casting. Production values only OK.
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