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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Blue Murder - Set 1'
(Caroline Quentin, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (2004) 2007 / Acorn Media)

Overview: A superb police procedural, Blue Murder is anchored by Caroline Quentin, best known for comedy (Men Behaving Badly) but turning in an impressive dramatic performance. DCI Janine Lewis (Quentin) of the Manchester police is not a brilliant super-detective; as she juggles her career, her recently failed marriage, and her four kids; she solves cases through diligence and doggedness.

DVD Verdict: It ain’t easy being a single mom. But it’s difficult past the point of absurdity being a single mom who’s also the chief detective. Enter DCI Janine Lewis, a cool new take on Jane Tennyson meets “Kate and Alley.’’ Caroline Quentin aces this part. She can trade hard-boiled cadaver banter a la “CSI” in one scene while drippy mommy pathos the next. She’s just as driven and neurotic as Tennyson but she’d never forget to make that 2nd grade dance recital.

The first episodes in the habit-forming “Blue Murder” series, set 1, also have that whole “Fargo” thing going on. Janine is oh-so-very pregnant as she chases down some particularly nasty murder cases (it’s not “28 Weeks Later” level gore but the homicides do actually creep you out!), tries to bounce back from getting dumped by her cheating loser of a hubby (the lout! the cad!) and, oh yes!… makes eyes at her too-cute second-in-command (Ian Kelsey).

I guess pickles aren’t the only thing you crave. Not to digress, the case is the thing here and the chick-flick goes to the cop-shop appeal of this police procedural can not be overestimated. Seriously. I too had my doubts about the diaper-changing detective angle but in the end, I realized that “Blue Murder” is indeed a red-hot Brit TV pick. Bully for me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) and comes with all 6 episodes from the first season.