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'Vienna Blood'
(Matthew Beard, Juergen Maurer, Luise von Finckh, Jessica de Gouw, Conleth Hill, and Amelia Bullmore, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: This thrilling crime drama from acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock), is set in 1900's Vienna - a hot bed of philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas collide in the city's grand cafes and opera houses.

DVD Verdict: I loved this series of three murder investigations complete with its straightforward linear stories set in a sumptuous set, with brilliant direction and a lightness of touch on the delivery of what could have been a clunky script.

Simply put, 'Vienna Blood' was was totally gripping from start to finish and I simply cannot wait until we get a second season.

The show rested entirely on the believable relationship between Dr Max and Inspector Reinhardt, and this was comprehensively realized by really quite brilliant underplayed acting and deadpan delivery.

There were smatterings of Sherlock Holmes and Ripper Street, sure, but this drama held it own with its own style and panache. Continuity was confirmed with several overarching story lines and we had strong ensemble performances.

Set in Vienna at the start of the 20th century our dynamic duo played by Mathew Beard and Jurgan Maurer one an old school detective, his partner a student of Sigmund Freud plays a budding criminal psychologist and between them set out to solve a series of murders with the stunning backdrop of Vienna.

This was certainly not a cheap production. What incredible detail to both landscape, architecture, clothing and even the whole spirit of Vienna back in that time. The stylist alone deserves an award!

In closing, strong characters with convincing set-ups, and some highly credible plots make 'Vienna Blood' one of the best shows on TV.

Set against a background of the rising pan-European anti-Semitic wave which culminated in the Nazis, shows like this can be very pertinent to our own experience of a new rise of the Right across the globe. Timely, powerful and entertaining, 'Vienna Blood' is not a show to be missed for many reasons. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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