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TIT

'Murder Investigation Team, Series Two'
(Lindsey Coulson, Michael McKell, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / (2005) 2012 / Acorn Media)

Overview: From the creators of The Bill, this critically acclaimed police thriller follows an intense team of investigators led by DC Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson, EastEnders) and DS Trevor Hands (Michael McKell, Emmerdale Farm). The detectives rely on both new technology and old-fashioned instinct to find those responsible for gruesome crimes.

DVD Verdict: If you find it extremely refreshing to see actual detective work, conducted with current techniques and procedures, but at all times nothing is ever shown OTT, then 'Murder Investigation Team' is the show for you. And now just a few months after the first season, we get the second season on DVD. Without a few cast members from the first season, thankfully one of those being the wally of a stone-dead actor Ross Kemp, and with a new cast member in the fold, we get off and running with 'Phone Tag' (or as it should read, Fone Tag). A young man is stabbed with an ice pick in a crowded area and an online game seems to be the reason for it. In the second of the four episodes, 'Viper's Nest,' a doctor dies falling from a great height through a glass ceiling at a hospital birthday party. For some strange reason this episode drags on soooooo long, and is a true one trick pony of a tale. It also stars Anthony Head (Buffy) as Dr. Masters, a man who may or may not be guilty of medical malpractice.

In 'Professional,' a professional footballer is hit on the back of the head, and dies as he gets into his care to call his girlfriend. In truth, you can guess from the start who the killer is, but they try to spin a twist at the end anyway. In the last episode, 'Sexual Tension,' one of the CSI's in their team is gagged and strangled. It seems likely to be her boyfriend, but then another similar killing happens whilst he is in custody. But then DI Hands gets knee deep into the case in a bad way.

But, don't go looking forward to any more series' of this wonderful show, for as this show was filmed in 2005, and they never filmed any others afterwards, this was the end of the line for MIT, sadly. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs with the Special Feature of an Interview with star Michael McKell and producer Jonathan Young and Character Profiles.

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