Posted: 01/22/2011


Blue Murder: The Complete Collection

by Del Harvey

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On February 1, 2011, Acorn releases the complete DVD collection of Blue Murder, a show which blends the gritty realism of murder investigations with the warmth and chaos of family life.

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 drinking. Janine throws herself into every challenge with energy and passion—even when her professional and personal lives collide.

British Comedy Award-winner Caroline 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.

The complete collection follows the gritty realities of Lewis’ career from her initial promotion through personal and professional ups and downs - always presented with a touch of wry humor and keen observations about modern motherhood.

Bonus features include text interviews with stars Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey, a behind-the-scenes documentary and cast filmographies.

The 9-disc DVD set include 19 episodes and releases on February 1, 2011. For more information or to purchase, click here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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