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Wire In The Blood: Season 5

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Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) is a clinical psychologist with an extraordinary understanding of the criminal mind. Working alongside Detective Inspector Alex Fielding (Simone Lahbib), Tony must race against time to profile and track down vicious killers before they strike again.

Disc 1: The Colour of Amber
When a woman sees a young girl being snatched by a man in a car, Detective Inspector Alex Fielding fears they may only have hours to get her back alive. Will Tony be able to find the abductor in time?

Disc 2: Nocebo
Alex investigates the murder of two children who bear signs of ritual killings. Tony puzzles over what the killer might want to gain and why. And is it one killer or two?

Disc 3: The Names of Angels
Two women are found raped and strangled, wearing the clothing of victims killer years earlier in Europe. 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.

Disc 4: Anything You Can Do
When a vulnerable elderly woman is suffocated in her home, Alex and Tony suspect a security guard who 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.

DVD Extras:
Interviews with Robson Green, Simone Lahbib and cast, author Val McDermid and production staff


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Product Details

  • Actors: Robson Green, Simone Lahbib
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: KOCH Vision
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00175GAKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wire In The Blood: Season 5" on IMDb

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
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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.
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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.
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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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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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