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Between The Lines : Complete BBC Series 1 [1992] [DVD]

Neil Pearson , Tom Georgeson , Alan Dossor , Charles McDougall    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond, Ray Armstrong, John Benfield
  • Directors: Alan Dossor, Charles McDougall, Jenny Killick, Peter Smith, Roy Battersby
  • Writers: J.C. Wilsher, Michael Russell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 643 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009Y8UJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

CIB: the police for the police. Loathed by fellow officers and treated with suspicion by the public, their's is a grey world of corruption and one that leaves rising star Superintendent Tony Clark cold. Reluctantly involved in the beginning, he finds that now there is no going back. As the taste of his promotion turns sour, he finds himself well and truly caught between the lines...

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Police drama 26 Sep 2005
First broadcast in 1992, Between The Lines, alongside Cracker and Prime Suspect, represents the best of the numerous Police dramas broadcast during the 1990's on British television. JC Wilsher elected to create a ground breaking series looking at the area of Police corruption, and how such a Unit investigating such matters is perceived by other areas of the Police service.
Neil Pearson superb as the central character Detective Inspector Tony Clark, was apparantly only cast after he was told to sit in a room full of women, to see if they fancied him or not. When they all said that they did, he was cast. The sex appeal of the character being an important factor in the series, particularly when we see how his affair with a PC affects his marriage and impacts on his important job role. As well as featuring London, part of the series was filmed in Liverpool, and features the team travelling to the city to investigate allegations of corruption. The second series of Between The Lines was also excellent, although the final series lost its way somewhat when Clark decided to become a private eye. Apparantly as Police Officers only normally stay in such a Unit for 2 years, the series could not run on a long term basis, without either replacing the cast or changing its premise. Some 13 years afer its debut, although some of its impact on viewers may now be forgotten, this is well worth revisiting.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing The Face Of The Force 3 April 2006
As a lifelong fan of more "eye candy" type police series (ie The Professionals, The Sweeney etc) I was sceptical upon viewing this series' first episode when it was initially aired. How wrong I was. The performances of the leads are gripping from the outset and the chemistry between the actors is obvious. The angle that the series takes, ie policing the police, is a unique one which has never come close to being dissected in any series since. After a few "one-off" stories, the series takes on an umbrella theme, which is unmissable until the closing titles of the final episode. As far as the actual DVD quality goes, well, the sound was a little muted to these ears, but don't let that put you off! A must for any fans of police shows.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Ohh thank you God, thank you baby Jesus. I'm using a line from "The Young Ones" completely out of context there, but you'll have to forgive me....im just so excited that this under valued excellent series has at last made it onto DVD. Make no mistake; in the pantheon of great TV cop shows Between the Lines is right up there...what the hell, this reviewer regards it as the best ever. Some claim. But let's, as every good cop should do, review the evidence
Firstly this series is as much interested in the socio- politics of policing as the usual dangerous and analytical side of police work. It sees career cop and Head of C.I.D. Tony Clark brilliantly played throughout by Neil Pearson off the back of his "Drop the Dead Donkey "role thrust unwillingly into the job of investigating officers in his own "Nick" when widespread corruption is suspected. Aided by slightly dishevelled Harry (Tom Georgeson) and feisty Mo ( A wonderfully sexy Siobhan Redmond) he eventually ends up with a full time role in the "C.I.B" unit, an outfit who investigate the Police internally full time. Clark isn't enamoured with life, what with the job , with ambitious fellow D.C.I,s , a wily but shady boss Deakin (Tony Doyle), a disintegrating marriage-not helped by his affair with an attractive young P.C( Lesley Vickerage)., and his still burning desire to climb that greasy ladder. And of course the cases that come his way are a pain in the arse as well.
However, there is a sense that Clark develops a moral centre as the series progresses , going from a brash arrogant narcissist to someone who understands the importance of teamwork, duty and of doing the right thing, aided ostensibly by his two dedicated subordinates.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty stuff brilliantly acted 23 Aug 2006
By G Brown
Great characters and storylines. Each of the three main players has a distinctive place and they grow into their parts over the first four episodes. Tom Georgeson's Harry Naylor has a brilliantly dry laconic wit which isn't bettered in any police series. "Can I ask you a question, Harry?" says his boss. "As long as it's not geography..." replies Harry. Brilliant! Mo Connell's response to the outcome of the team's investigation into the death of a police inspector's wife is a harrowing, captivating moment, brilliantly acted.

A rare insight into the delicate balance between catching bent coppers and avoiding frustrating the honest ones with all the power plays and politicking in the background. Great stuff. Buy it or rent it... you'll love it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary show gets belated release 5 Sep 2005
Completely agree with the previous reviewer. I too have been waiting years for this to come to DVD.It was at least the equal of it's contemporaries Cracker and Prime Suspect. Brilliantly acted throughout the series never lost the power to shock right through to the bitter end. Lest Ye be Judged is simply one of the most powerful pieces of British drama ever produced. The performance of Michael Angelis as the cop accussed of beating a confession out of a suspect is a revelation. Another highlight is the performance of the late Tony Doyle as Clark's shady boss Deakin. This release will bring some much needed cheer to Autumn. Let's hope we don't have to wait as long for Series 2!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holds up well
Despite being 20-plus years old, this series still holds up rather well. Most of the themes are still relevant today and the characters are multidimensional "people" rather... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Raider fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic BBC
Remembered this when it was originally shown on the BBC and some of the episodes were repeated on Alibi, but not in the right order, which is always annoying, and then they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt the most accurate portrayal of police attitudes ever...
Before I start I must state that I am a serving officer in the met police, I purchased this by mistake thinking it was law and order. Oops bit what happened astounded me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama
I didn't watch this or even know about it at the time, so I am catching up nearly 20 years later. The stories are good, but what really works is the character development and the... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by alewis41
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Drama Series
Thankfully, I have a multi-system DVD player which allows me to play 'Between the Lines' here in Ontario, Canada (where it was re-titled 'Inside the Line' because of the similarity... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by drutgat
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Drama
Between the Lines is gripping police drama about the CBI investigating abuse of police powers and corruption within the force. Read more
Published on 13 May 2009 by TKr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I think this was one of the best and original British TV cop shows ever until all the foresnsic based ones came along. The acting is top quailty. The stories interesting. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by Kasablanka
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series, slightly imperfect DVD production
Having just rated the second series- mainly to complain about inaccurate episode descriptions- it is only right I should do the first. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2006 by "mjtushgarak"
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last!!!!
I echo the joy of other reviewers..I only found out on New years Days that this wonderful series was on dvd at last. And series 2 is on it's way. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best original series the BBC ever made.
This is a brilliant piece of television, which really captured the feeling around at the time. As a study of power, corruption and the compromises that have to be made in order to... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2006
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