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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance by Martin Shaw
Judge John Deed S1/Pilot
If you've seen Martin Shaw replacing Roy Marsdon in P.D. James' "Holy Orders" and "Murder Room", you'll instantly see the depth of Shaw's Talent. He carries the series as a rebellious High Court Judge, yet never steps outside the law. Even when he looks like he'll succumb to political pressure he manages to pass justice on an informant MI5...
Published on Aug. 15 2010 by Marcia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite.
I really enjot George Gently Mysteries and decided to try another Martin Shaw series. Three episodes inand I haven't really gotten into it yet. The characters just aren't that engaging for me. But some of the cases are interesting and it gives a lot of background on how the law courts work in England.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance by Martin Shaw, Aug. 15 2010
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Judge John Deed S1/Pilot
If you've seen Martin Shaw replacing Roy Marsdon in P.D. James' "Holy Orders" and "Murder Room", you'll instantly see the depth of Shaw's Talent. He carries the series as a rebellious High Court Judge, yet never steps outside the law. Even when he looks like he'll succumb to political pressure he manages to pass justice on an informant MI5 wants cleared. He demonstrates humility by seldom using his title "Sir John" and constantly tells everyone he prefers to be called "Judge" rather than "Your Lordship" outside the courtroom.

He has an "active" social life with a married woman making her husband a political enemy for life. He claims to be "romantically" in love with his former student. His secretary helps the judge both through her support of him as a person and by her contacts, The POLES, (called by the aristocracy of the court "People of Low Esteem")and bends the law in his favour. Judge John Deed is an extremely, likable, cantacorous and frisky character whom I liked immediately. He's committed to the law, interferes with the lawyers throughout the court session, and refuses to bend to political pressure. His rakish charm creates havoc and effects his career. He's attractive to women except for his rebellious teenage daughter whom he's trying to raise as a single dad.

The series also offers social commentary as well as intellectual stimuli.

From the box: Pilot: Racial tensions surround a high-profile case while Deed's daugher brings problems closer to hom.
Rough Justice: Deed comes under pressure to let off a charismatic MI5 informant charged with battering his wife.
Duty of Care: A well-connected businessman facing a charge of corporate manslaughter is pulling strings in high places ....
Appropriate Response: A rapist convicted by Deed is released from prison and is intent on revenge ....
Hidden Agenda: Deed steps on thin ice when an attractive doctor is charged with
murder ....

Series comes on 3 discs in a standard DVD case.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite., July 10 2014
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I really enjot George Gently Mysteries and decided to try another Martin Shaw series. Three episodes inand I haven't really gotten into it yet. The characters just aren't that engaging for me. But some of the cases are interesting and it gives a lot of background on how the law courts work in England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy it you'll be hooked forever, Feb. 7 2014
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Gary Gray "Advertising Guru" (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Every area from props to dialogue and certainly the acting is outstanding.
Each episode is themed and they don't use traditional themes...theirs are
major, modern issues that challenge us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A series well worth owning, Jan. 17 2014
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Lynda C. Nanders - See all my reviews
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I will be watching these episodes many times, whereas some of my DVDs do not have continued appeal. Issues from the '60s are dealt with in depth. Humour lightens the mood without trivializing the characaters or their concerns as they work through the cases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judge John Deed: Pilot, Sept. 12 2013
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I have only watched the pilot so far, am savouring this DVD slowly! I love the character (Martin Shaw) who also stars as Inspector George Gently. The pilot of Judge Deed is enough for me to want the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Jan. 1 2013
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Oh love this series and am still buying the different seasons.....He is perfect in this role and I think shows the character of John deed so perfectly, flawed and upstanding all in the same breath. The cast surrounding him are also well talented and its a joy to see this series over and over again....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judge John Deed Season 1 and Pilot, Dec 31 2012
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My husband and I really enjoyed this show. We enjoyed all the characters and the storylines which is why I bought the second season.
Veronica Douglas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appear Before Judge Deed, Jan. 28 2012
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This is the first of five Judge John Deed series - not ever broadcast in Canada it would seem. First broadcast about 10 years ago it is still outrageously amusing and topical. Along with the Judge's serial sex affairs it deals with the need for the Courts to be independent of governments and bureaucrats.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing drivel, Oct. 18 2010
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D. H. Burney (Ottawa) - See all my reviews
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This was very disappointing, particularly in comparison with the George Gently series. Improbable both in its depiction of Court activity and with attempts at titilation.
Political messages anything but subtle. What a waste of Shaw's talent. He should make better choices.
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