Posted: 03/09/2011


Murder Investigation Team

by Del Harvey

A realistic, procedural crime drama in the vein of CSI, Murder Investigation Team debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on March 1, 2011.

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Take part of Prime Suspect, part of Law & Order UK, and part CSI and blend them together and this is what you’ll end up with. A smart, driving police procedural that probes the darkest reaches of the common criminal mind in order to solve murder.

Originally broadcast on A&E in the U.S. and on ITV in the U.K. (2003), the suspenseful series follows a squad of elite detectives as they investigate horrific crimes in metropolitan London. Meticulously crafted to reflect real-life investigations, each episode brims with twists and tension.

The series stars a strong ensemble cast including Olivier Award-winner Samantha Sprio (The Bill, From Hell), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders, Manchild), Richard Hope (Tipping the Velvet), Michael McKell (Doctors), and Richard Huw (Sword of Honour, The Bill). The DVD 3-Disc Set includes all eight episodes from Series 1, episode 1 commentary with series creator Paul Marquess and series consultant Jackie Malton, and an interview with actor Michael McKell.

From the makers of popular, long-running series, The Bill, Murder Investigation Team reveals the gritty reality of police work, where success is part grueling procedure and part gut instinct. Leaders of an elite squad of detectives, brusque DI Vivien Friend (Samantha Spiro) and intuitive DC Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson) single-mindedly pursue those who do unthinkable deeds as part of the Special Crimes Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police.

Fast paced and brimming with twists and turns, the series details the course of an investigation from crime scene through profiling, forensics, and good old-fashioned detective work. Along the way, false leads, misdirection, and surprising resolutions fill each gripping hour, meticulously crafted to reflect real-life investigations.

Series 1 Episodes: Moving Targets; Daddy’s Little Girl; Rubbish; Reading, Writing, and Gangbanging; Red Heads; Lambs to the Slaughter; Models and Millionaires; and The Bigger the Lie.

Bonus Features: Episode 1 commentary with series creator Paul Marquess and series consultant Jackie Malton, and an interview with actor Michael McKell (25 min.).

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

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