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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.

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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 0 minutes
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
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

31 of 33 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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17 of 18 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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11 of 12 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Chapman on 10 Dec. 2014
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Really enjoyed this. It is basically two stories (2 episodes each). Subtitles very helpful. Good acting from Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston, and Noel Clarke. I remember Noel Clarke in Auf Weidersen Pet as Wayne's son, and Alex Kingston was "River" in Dr Who, and Reece Shearsmith was Malcolm in "The Widower".
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Surprisingly I felt let down to find that only these four episodes existed. Perhaps because I liked only the characters who weren't played by Reece Shearsmith--until the conclusion of the fourth episode and the promise that the next episode would deal with a missing person for whom D.I. Stone did have an emotional attachment.

But then I could see the flaws of the series too. While other reviewers focus on the seemingly autistic characteristics of Stone, I slowly saw the evolution of a more visible Sherlock Holmes influence. Here we have the brilliant Holmes in ordinary police work taking all his eccentricities to the limit of today's focus on his brilliance manifesting through the fog of our increasing interest in the variety of emotional/mental constraints. Still the advancing progress of Stone's abilities to humanize his responses and understandings were increasingly interesting to me ... and I cannot resist the talent that brought the other characters to life. I'm glad I found this and did enjoy it ... and would have loved to have four more episodes to look forward to viewing. But clearly not going to happen.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kitsune on 28 Sept. 2014
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I really loved this show, I just wish it had been on for abit longer!. Of all the characters DS Sean Stone is by far the best and most intriguing. He has completely no people skills and cant even look at people in the eye when he talks to them, but thats one of the many things I love about him. His social awkwardness is a breath of fresh air for me, how many other shows can you think of that have their leading role like that?. I also love Ruth Hattersleys mother and son, I also wish that was somthing that could have been explored much further than it was. I really hope there will be another series, especially after that cliffhanger!.
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