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  • Actors: Kelly Reilly
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Acorn
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006JY3OBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,825 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i agree with the blurb on the box "The BEST U.K. POLICE DRAMA in years" Based on the best selling novels by lynda la plante, this series features strong characters: Rookie DC, Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly. Sherlock Holmes) on her first day on the murder squad "wears the wrong shoes, throws up at the crime scene and faints at the post mortem". DCI James Langton (Ciaran Hinds, the debt,there will be blood) only took her on because he'd owed her father a favour, but he soon takes a personal interest.
It's interesting to see how their relationship develops. Langton is best described as a British version of "Taggart" who yells all the time. Gradually Travis gains sufficient confidence to 'give as good as she gets' and demands respect. The viwer seldom sees a novice DC integrate into a team, learn her job and become her boss's favourite.

Above Suspicion, the pilot, introduces a series of brutal murders of prostitutes. The case develops from leads from a reporter, a roommate and a retired cop in Spain. Gradually the team zeros in on a famous actor who considers himself 'above suspicion'. there is the usual red herring suspects, but it's facinating as the disjointed pieces of the puzzle start to fit together. while chasing a serial killer it's clear that the arrest results from 'old-fashioned police work' not profiling. no one trys to understand the murderer -- the focus is on means, motive and opportunity. and noone is above suspicion.

The Red Daliah: A woman is found disfigured and tortured, then another .... Trsvis and Langton discover these murders are copycat crimes of the famed 1947 case from los angeles, The Black Dahliah. Do they have to solve the first to stop the second killer? the two cases weave together and come apart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basmati Moon on Sept. 15 2013
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I don't know if the author has run out of good ideas but I found Above Suspicion predictable, boring, and filled with so many cliches as to be laughable. We watched the first episode and haven't even bothered finishing the set.

The introduction of the two leads had us howling with laughter. The ubiquitous "meet cute" scene with the female lead floundering in the mud in her high heels and fainting at the sight of a corpse harkened back to 1930's screwball comedies and that would be fine if this series wasn't supposed to be a crime drama. It infantilizes female police officers and makes them seem like nothing more than a way to move the plot along.

Of course there was the expected scene of the female lead dressing provocatively to go undercover and much eyeball popping from Hinds who seems old enough to be her grandfather. At one point in the watching we were making correct predictions of what would happen next and where the dialogue would go. Call me crazy but unless I am watching Shakespeare I would like to be surprised by the dialogue and plot.

This series is not for people who want substance. Morse, Lewis, Luther, Inspector Lynley, Life On Mars, and Taggart deliver much more. If you want romance novel crime and a skewed look at police work where seducing the boss or subordinate is okay then this is your series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gailr97 on March 29 2013
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This is not a series that you want to watch while eating your supper! The backroom boys have done a superlative job on the various corpses that end up on the dissection table. The police team is solid and believable with two caveats. The neophyte Travis is, to my way of thinking, far too glamorous - a little less eye make-up would have made a her a lot more believable, and to be honest I think the age gap between her and her boss, played by Ciaran Hinds, was way too large for the 'sparks' that are supposed to fly between them. From him, no doubt. A well-made British police drama of its type.
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By Lucy G. on April 13 2014
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I did not like this police drama because I found the actress (Kelly Reilly) playing the lead DC totally unbelievable. She wears a tight, short skirt and stilettos to go out on cases. Her eyes creep me out, especially when she looks up at the criminal in the interrogation room. A more believable lead DC would have been the actress Michelle Holmes who plays DC Barbara. I would not buy the next two series.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By debby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2013
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My husband and I love crime/drama/mystery shows and this seemed intriguing. Part of the fun is being able to watch an intelligently presented 'puzzle' and figure it out. Now we come to Above Suspicion - get the barf bag! From the instant it begins, there are graphic and disgustingly realistic imagery of death and decay. It is almost as if the writers don't really care about the script, plot or mystery, but rather they prefer to show off their expertise in replicating true life autopsies and decomposing bodies. The woman detective - new to her job - does the typical 'vomit' scene when she views the victim - green goop flowing out of her mouth - are we supposed to be impressed with the special effects department? We turned it off halfway through the very first episode ...what a total waste! I find these 'over the top' violent, graphic shows insulting and downright offensive. They do not entertain nor do they stretch one's thinking. They certainly don't reflect any kind of subtle sensitivity to actual victims of crime but rather in a macabre way exploit them. Above Suspicion is all about shock and awe and after a few minutes we'd had more than enough.
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