Any television drama that gives Jason Isaacs a lead role instantly warrants some kind of attention. And with Case Histories
, there’s more than just the leading man to warrant the attention. While on the surface, it might look like just another detective series, there are a couple of choices that make it just a little bit more intriguing.
The main focus of Case Histories is less on the procedural of solving a case, and more on the characters. Stories are split into two episodes apiece, and are based on the popular series of novels by Kate Atkinson.
There’s a lot to enjoy here, in a welcome and mature piece of television drama, but Case Histories isn’t a perfect beast. There are concessions made for the small screen that aren’t going to please fans of the books, and a high degree of belief suspension is required to get the most from it. Yet the presence of the perfectly-cast Isaacs is ample compensation for all of this. His performance is magnetic, powering the show forward even through its quieter moments.
This is, in short, quality drama, well executed and very well played. More Case Histories would be very much appreciated… --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Case Histories is a character driven, not procedural, detective series. Each story is, first and foremost, an exploration and revelation of character structured by the unravelling of a crime mystery. Distinctive in its humanity and modernity, its storytelling embodies emotional depth and humour. Each two part story reflects the novel from which it is adapted, yet clearly belongs to a returnable series. The series has the ambition of the best jigsaw puzzles of Kate Atkinson's novels, aiming to delight both her established audience and a mainstream TV audience with her immensely likeable and original characters. At the heart of these stories and characters is private investigator, Jackson Brodie played by Jason Isaacs. It all adds up to a clever, compelling drama, with warmth and wit from Jackson, alongside the mystery and murder of the dark world outside. ...Case Histories - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Case Histories ) ( Case Histories - Season One )