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Chasing Shadows 2014


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All four episodes of the ITV miniseries starring Alex Kingston, Noel Clarke and Reece Shearsmith. When Ruth Hattersley (Kingston) of the Missing Persons Bureau gets assigned to partner autistic DS Sean Stone (Shearsmith) they begin working straight away on the case of a missing teenage girl. As they pool their knowledge and resources to catch a suspected serial killer who preys on vulnerable young people, Hattersley, Stone and DI Prior (Clarke) encounter dark truths that they never could have imagined.

Lynda Baron, Alex Kingston
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Product Details

  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 56 minutes
Starring Lynda Baron, Alex Kingston, Alfie Field, Noel Clarke, Nicon Caraman
Director Christopher Menaul
Genres Drama, Thriller
Rental release 29 September 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Edwards TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
I recorded Chasing Shadows without knowing anything about it other than
it was a 4 part police/crime drama. Now that I have watched it, I am
really disappointed that they only made 4 episodes. In fact, it is
actually two, 2 part stories although there are, as always, some sub
plots running underneath throughout the whole thing.

It all centres around a Detective who specialises in multiple murder
cases. To say he is socially inept, is an understatement. It is never
stated but he comes across as what I would imagine is borderline
autistic. Nothing like as bad as Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man but getting
that way. However, this condition gives him the free reign he needs to
be completely focused on solving the crimes and seeing patterns that
others miss.

The series starts with him being moved from more conventional policing
to a missing person's department where he meets Ruth his (very) long
suffering partner. Before long, they are on their first case and she
discovers just how eccentric he is but he gets results.

For the first episode, it kept reminding me of 'House' but I know a lot
of reviews have used 'Sherlock' as a comparison. It isn't really either
but it has a bit of both. There is definitely a slightly humorous
undercurrent although the crimes are still treated with the seriousness
they deserve.

What it definitely is, is something a bit different to the usual crime
drama. Personally, I found it much more enjoyable that Broadchruch.

I really hope they make another series.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul G Zendrowski on 13 Dec. 2014
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This short series with 2 stories told over 4 episodes is amazing. Reece Shearsmith portrays a character that is difficult to relate to but is so easy to understand in his personal isolation. And he does it so well. Alex Kingston is the perfect foil for Shearsmith's utterly focused persona. It makes you want to follow those people and see how much they can do.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kanenberg on 25 Jan. 2015
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This is a terrific new detective series from ITV that I hope like others they make more of. Its about a brilliant, obsessed, 'Monk' type copper DS Stone,(Reece Shearsmith) kicked out of his homicide unit for being too honest and sent to the missing persons department. There, he meets Ruth Hattersley, (Alex Kingston) a civilian social worker with 20 yrs on the job, assigned to be his new partner. Together, along with DI Carl Prior (Noel Clarke) put in charge of 'managing' DS Stone they set about looking for victims of "multiple murderers" as Stone calls them rather than serial killers, amongst the 300,00 people who go missing each year in the UK. This series only consists of 2 episodes spread over 4 segments but they are very well done. DS Stone is totally obnoxious socially, but he is also a 'savant' when it comes to seeing patterns in cases that reveal multiple murders taking place. As he says when interviewing one suspect "I don't believe in random" meaning killers are 'ritualistic & repetitive' in their actions if we can just see the pattern. Alex Kingston is terrific here as Stone's new partner who has to smooth over his eccentricities with others at every turn despite his obvious brilliance. The series ends with a 'cliff hanger' that screams for a follow up series which I would imagine will be forthcoming.
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- how many times have I said that one! Laughed my socks off - mostly in recognition of the aspie (aspergers)/ extreme blokey traits that I have come to know so well. At least my one doesn't clear off in the car on his own and leave you choking on exhaust fumes, otherwise I wouldn't have 'accidentally married him'. I don't normally go for 'who dunnits', but had read an article about this in the NAS (national autism society) magazine and was intrigued. Gory murder details are not my thing either, thankfully this is more about relationships, or rather Stone's inability to have any. The 'who dunnit' is the dynamic bit that gets the characters running about. I think I had at least 3 possible murderers down, by the end of each episode. Loved the polar opposites of Ruth's and DI Stone's characters, and the humour. If you live with people who think that being taken into custody, is something about a hot yellow sauce, usually served with rhubarb, then this might be your thing. It's communication but not as we know it. Ruth has this expression of exasperation, (Alex Kingston does this so well) that is frighteningly familiar. It's always very funny when you watch someone else dealing with such idiosyncratic behaviour. Some comments have said they think the series is unrealistic, no honestly aspies do say things that make other peoples hair stand on end, it says so on the card I keep in my wallet. Although I do agree that Stone would have struggled to pass the police selection process, still you mustn't let too much realism get in the way of a good story. Ruth is the people person, who gets results by actually talking to them, Stone uses a task orientated approach, to search out patterns and find the missing people (he favours machines).Read more ›
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