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  • Actors: Samuel West, Ukweli Roach, Hattie Morahan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006B894UW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the ancient English city of York, Eternal Law is about angels living amongst us, helping and guiding humans when they are at their most desperate. The series starts with one grumpy, seen-it-all-a-million times angel called Zak arriving to start a fresh tour of duty with his new colleague, the constantly amazed neophyte, Tom, who has never before spent time with humans. They live in a ramshackle house stuffed with books and paintings, where they are looked after by the beautiful, mysterious Mrs. Sheringham.

We discover that in his previous tour of duty Zak did a terrible, completely forbidden thing--he fell in love with a human woman, Hannah. To his horror he realises that Hannah has been put in York to tempt him, to test him. Although he loves her with every fibre of his body he knows he can never be with her. It is a cruel, bruised, aching romance.

There are angels in all walks of life but our angels are lawyers. Which means that, every episode, they have to deal with humans at their lowest and most exposed. It could be a man standing trial for murder; a bitter custody battle; a fight to save an old people's home; a frightened young squaddie accused of cowardice. Our angels strive their best to fight for their clients, to win their cases, to put them back on the straight and narrow. They don't always win but they always fight to the last.

Eternal Law is emotional, funny and fresh. Each episode ends with Zak and Tom high up on York Minster, wings out, sharing a bottle of wine and talking about this week's case. They find human beings complicated, contradictory, vain, baffling, greedy, passionate, illogical... and utterly, compellingly wonderful.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Eternal Law is a brand new series produced by the same company that was responsible for Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. With this sort of pedigree one could reasonably have expected something rather special or at least very different and this series certainly does not disappoint.

The basic premise is that two angels, Zak and Tom, are sent to earth with the mission of working as defence lawyers in York. Now there are many things that they could have been sent to do, but the idea of angelic lawyers could be considered by some as almost a contradiction in terms! However not being angels who shirk a challenge, they are guided towards certain cases where wrongs need to be righted and which are also very varied in terms of both subject and seriousness. For instance, three of the episodes concern murder or attempted murder, whilst another is a child custody case.

Zak is an old hand who has been to earth before and fell in love on the last occasion. His old flame, Hannah, who does not recognise him is working for Richard Pembroke, a fallen angel who is involved as a malevolent influence. Tom is a novice at dealing with the human situations he encounters, but learns fast. In the background guiding is the mysterious Mr Mountjoy, who we never see, but who may or may not be God.

Zak seems to find it particularly difficult to comply with the rule that an angel should not interfere with humanity's free will and regularly finds it necessary to bend the rules. One very amusing aspect is that Zak and Tom finish most episodes holding an end of day post mortem on the case, perched on top of York Minster, complete with wings. This was shamelessly lifted from
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Steele on 1 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
I am writing this not only as a review but as a balance to those who have deliberatly done down the series because it was not perfect. Like all good drama series it was an initial trial to how it would fare.
Unfortunately unlike most of the long running series on tv it wasnt perfect and needs "tweeking", unfortunatley those who make the decisions and hold the purse strings all too often want a winner from the start and are short sighted in that they dont see the possibilities of a new series and stick with the same format even though its dull and boring, think what big brother will be like in 2020.
All the long running soaps on tv had rubbish 1st series and they didnt get much better on the 2nd and in some cases 3rd series was the best. (who thinks Eastenders would get past a 1st series if it were released now? is anything in it close to real life? its had more murders, assaults and rapes per head than any place on earth, Coronation street is not much better either).
I was looking forward to the 2nd series of Eternal Law because it showed the promise of originality missing from the steady drip feed diet of all those american series filling our TV airwaves.
If the first attempt failed why do the TV executives always cancel the idea and move on? If you take their decision making process to the next level then children would never learn to walk because after they have fallen down once walking is abandoned and they stay on all fours as its a tried and trusted system.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sam I Am on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
The whole family is loving this new series. Original, witty and compelling. Are we comfortable with the idea of angels coming to earth to help out humanity? Some really interesting themes. I really hope they have a second series lined up soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Read4Fun on 4 Jun. 2012
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I am a fan of 'Life on Mars' etc and that was why I bought this series. I wasn't disappointed. The concept is as quirky as 'Life on Mars' and even though one could roughly call it religious, it is more about the issues of good and evil than a religious point of view. It is uplifting, even when we may feel sad because of the central angel's star crossed love life.I don't usually watch the special features but I did with this one as I wanted to know how they made the incredible wings. Quite a task but well worth it.I recommend this to anyone who likes to think about profound issues while they are being entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 29 July 2012
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I suppose ITV axed series 2 because they hadn't the guts to face the whingeing miserying of tedious critics. WHO CARES WHAT THE NEWSPAPER CRITICS THINK? Each of them is only one person and what I always see is they stick together - one decides what to say and the rest follow slavishly for fear of seeming "different" or "adventurous" or "out of line". The paper I mostly read, the critic for TV is a nightmare. He hates everything I like. He only watches earnestly respectable or politically correct docus, seems to me, and if he ever notices ordinary main-stream drama it's usually to slate it. He's welcome to his opinion but it is very snobbish and it makes his column unreadable as he is simply not in my view in touch even with the readers of the paper.

You don't have to be "religious" to enjoy this series. It's pure fun and at times poignant.

Shame on you ITV. Now it's time to bring back Eternal Law or perhaps the two Angels will decide the ITV program-deiders are not fit for their jobs.

I wonder how it went down in the USA? Could do better there - or were ITV too scared to send it there?
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