UK TV sure knows how to find a twist for excellent crime mystery drama. "Trial & Retribution" is much more than just cops catching criminals. This series' episodes begin with the crime, progress through the investigation, continues with the trial and conviction. Throughout each 2-hour-plus episode, viewers get close and personal with the lives of all involved: victims, accused, cops, lawyers, judges, family, and friends. It's similar to seeing into the personal lives of leads in "Midsomer Murder".
It is not the humorous look at criminals as seen in "Raffles", a great new release. This DVD set box warns of graphic scenes--a huge understatement.
Graphic = lots of blood, nudity, language, extreme violence, and graphic morgue & crime location scenes. Once beyond the graphic scenes, there is some excellent writing, intrigue, suspenseful plot, and the short bits of romance, family life, and relationships of the show's characters.
IT IS NOT FOR KIDS--but 5 stars for adults with a strong stomach & fortitude.
The series leads include: DS Mike Walker (David Hayman-'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas')
DCI Roisin Connor (Victoria Smurfit-'The Shell Seekers' 'Ballykissangel')
Dr. Jean Mullins (Gemma Jones-'The Dutchess of Duke Street' 'Spooks or MI-5')
DS David Satchell (Dorian Lough)
DS Palmer (Vince Leigh-'Foyles War')
3 DVDs, 3 feature-length+ episodes, SUBTITLES, bonus photos, bio, filmograaphies.
PARADISE LOST: PART 1&2
Evidence following a violent murder of a white girl leads to the arrest of her boyfriend, Milton Jones (Clint Dyer-'Hope Springs'), black and suffering from drug resultant amnesia. The apparently closed investigation leads to racial tension and renewed investigations takes on additional twists & turns. So does DCI Roisin's nightlife.
CURRICULUM VITAE: PART 1&2
A dead baby's new nanny needs found, being one of several suspects involving the child's unnatural death. Fortunately (and tastefully) this episode DID NOT have a bloody & gory child death scene. Victims, the accused, other potential suspects, & family members all get crossed, double-crossed, and complicated through the trial. The baby's mom is played by Victoria Hamilton ('Lark Rise to Candleford' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' 'Scoop')
MIRROR IMAGE: PART 1&2
A very bloody, savage, double murder of a high-profile couple appears a blotched burglary. There is plenty of motive for each of the abundant suspects--many of them family members. An arrest and trial begins to reveal a basketful of the victim's family secrets. And DCI Roisin flirts with another DS colleague romantic relationship. Will she never learn?
Original British TV programing in 2007.