The Vice: Season 1
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The seedy underbelly of cosmopolitan London is the backdrop of this award-winning police drama. Prostitution, extortion, pedophilia, mutilation, rape and murder are the chief concerns of the vice unit of London s Metropolitan Police, who patrol a violent patch of turf where life is cheap... and young flesh even cheaper.
THE VICE stars Ken Stott (THE SINGING DETECTIVE), David Harewood (BLOOD DIAMOND), Marc Warren (BBC s DRACULA) and Caroline Katz (THE BILL) as the tight-knit undercover team, who put their personal lives on hold and lay their lives on the line in the war against corruption.
Series One consists of three two-part 60 minute dramas:
In Daughters, Detective Inspector Pat Chappel reaches out to a battered prostitute (Sally Hurst, PRIME SUSPECT 6) in an attempt to nail a sleazy procurer (Struan Rodgers, PRIME SUSPECT 3) who is a suspect in the savage murder of a high class callgirl.
In Sons, WPC Cheryl Hutchins goes undercover to nail a nightclub owner (BLACKADDER s Tim McInnerny) who traffics in hardcore S&M videos featuring underage boys. When she shuts the operation down cold, Chappel fears the wider investigation may be derailed.
In Dabbling, the team s investigation of an escort agency fronting for drug traffickers is compromised when PC Raymond is unable to resist temptation.
During its five year run, THE VICE received as many award nominations as it did viewer complaints for the graphic nature of its content!
Top Customer Reviews
The series has a few unusual twists and turns with one of the stars coming to an early end in Season 2 which, apparently, is all we're allowed to see of the generally excellent series. The show ran for 5 years on British TV, but so far only the first two seasons have been released on DVD. Since the show originally ran starting in 1998-99 I don't hold out a lot of hope for the balance of the episodes. Again, the subject matter is rough with all the expected violence and nudity, but the acting and scripts are first rate. Just don't expect "Midsomer Murders".
The show deals with the seamier side of life and crime but my fascination was really with the development of the characters who investigate these crimes led by their boss played by Ken Stott. It is so worth watching that I'm saving both Season 1 and 2 to watch again in a year or two. Recommend this to all British mystery lovers especially those who love the grittier ones and ones that deal with a team and not one main character. There's a love interest in this season and it was unusual and totalling engaging. Buy this and Season 2!!
If you are into culture, world events, and an alternative view to what the mainstream feeds you, I would highly recommend this show. Although I am a libertarian, and I could see a few points of political leaning, it wasn't enough to deter me from enjoying and being educated by the content they put forth. Watch and get hooked at your leisure.
In episode 2, the Vice Unit is trying to reopen a cold case involving a murdered underage male prostitute while preventing another such young man from ending up the same. In episode 3, the rookie goes undercover to expose a combination prostitution/drug ring, but his feelings for an "escort" might draw him in further than he should go.
If season 2 ever drops to a reasonable price, I'll plunk down for it. My only complaint that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the subplot concerning adultery. I suppose it's there to show the flawed aspect of our "heroes", but it's a disappointing fallback.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the in depth approach. It's a little slanted left. But I know how to balance my own news.Published 1 month ago by Diane Miller
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didn;t mean to purchas this. Not interested in it at all. would like to get a refunds .Published 6 months ago by Barry and Rebecca Sherman