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Wire in the Blood - Complete First Season

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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.

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Robson Green, Hermione Norris
  • Directors: Declan O'Dwyer, Andy Goddard, Alex Pillai, Roger Gartland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,541 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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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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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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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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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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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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I wrote an earlier review...

This is still a series worth buying. I did notice on Series 1, the dvd is in full-screen while it was aired in wide-screen on BBC America. Most people would never notice this, but composition is off in some scenes and lighting is blown-out in other ones.
It's a small and subtle change to certain portions of the episodes.

Still worth buying.
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I must admit that I only watched about 45 minutes of the first episode, but that was because the torture scenes were WAY too graphic- hence the low review. I love BBC crime dramas and am not squeamish at all (loved "300", "Prime Suspect and "Cracker" for example) but some of these scenes were so over the top that I was unable to enjoy the movie; it made me sick to my stomach. I realize that the episode was about a serial killer, but I have watched many other movies with similar themes that did not cross the line like this one. I do wish I had sampled one of the other episodes to see if it was a little more watchable. I did like both the leads.
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