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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Blue Murder - Set 2'
(Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2006) 2008 / Acorn Media)

Overview: Newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis commands a close-knit police team that probes some of Manchester's most gruesome murders. And, as a single mother, she tends four children at home, handling crises that range from head lice to teenage tippling. Janine throws herself into every challenge with energy and passion -- even when her professional and personal lives collide.

DVD Verdict: I've been a fan of Caroline Quentin for a while, and this series encorporates police crime investigation and the relationship between Caroline Quentin's character, her ex/husband and her second in command in the police. There are complex story lines, with good crimes going on while DCI Janine Lewis (Quentin) raises her kids with just the help of her live in child minder.

British Comedy Award-winner Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Men Behaving Badly) shines in this dramatic role, heading a fine ensemble cast that includes Ian Kelsey (Touching Evil) as Janine's dishy, dedicated partner and David Schofield (Gladiator) as her doubting boss. With riveting realism and a touch of wry humor, Blue Murder serves up gritty police procedurals that set your mind racing and your pulse pounding. And it sensitively explores the struggles of a thoroughly modern woman, balancing her devotion to family with the demands of her often dangerous profession.

British TV series' have a much more realistic feel than do their American counterparts; I can't imagine that an enormously pregnant 40-something woman who looks her age and is a size 18 in the best of times would ever be welcomed as the lead in an American police procedural! Caroline Quentin proves that it is possible to be larger and more mature than a supermodel and still be warm and sexy. I hope more of this series is on offer, though I have no idea why they chose the title. There is nothing 'blue' about Janine Lewis - she's the type everyone would be lucky to have as a spouse or a best friend. Overall a great series, just wished they had made more. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Text Interviews with Stars Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey
Cast Filmographies