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Lynda La Plante - Trial And Retribution - The First Collection - 1 to 4 [DVD] [1997]

Candice Mandeville , Theresa Petts , Aisling Walsh , Jo Johnson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Candice Mandeville, Theresa Petts, Sheila Burrell, Jonathan Dow, Shan Khan
  • Directors: Aisling Walsh, Jo Johnson, Michael Whyte
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2LN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

First four instalments of the crime series written and produced by Lynda La Plante. In 'Trial and Retribution I', a major police search operation led by DI Pat North (Kate Buffery) swings into action after Anita Harris (Helen McCrory)'s five-year-old daughter, Julie Anne (Millie Ricks) goes missing. When the police find the young girl's naked body wedged into a sewer pipe, the search escalates into an emotionally-charged murder investigation, with Julie Anne's violent stepfather Peter (Lee Ross) and local alcoholic misfit Michael Dunn (Rhys Ifans) as the prime suspects. In 'Trial and Retribution II', Detective Superintendent Walker (David Hayman) leads a murder investigation when a serial killer murders a string of women, each time removing one of his victims' breasts and using an unusual arrow-headed weapon. Despite damning evidence and a swift arrest, the mysterious and charismatic suspect, Damon Morton (Iain Glenn) seems to be able to manipulate his employees into constructing a rock-solid alibi. A complex and dramatic trial ensues... In 'Trial and Retribution III', Cassie Booth (Candice Mandeville), a fifteen-year-old girl, goes missing while doing her paper round. When her blood-stained clothes are found in a boathouse in Putney, a murder investigation is launched, led by Detective Superintendent Walker (David Hayman). Richard E. Grant plays Stephen Warrington, an eccentric oddball who, along with the boathouse owner Karl Wilding (Anthony Higgins), becomes one of the prime suspects. In 'Trial and Retribution IV', DI North (Kate Buffery) is assigned to re-investigate an eight-year-old murder case in which James McCready (James Wilby) was convicted of killing his partner, Gary Meadows (Steven Hartley). When she discovers that her colleague, Detective Superintendent Walker (David Hayman) led the original police inquiry, North begins to wonder if he is hiding something...

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143 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dont miss it twice 24 Mar 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I dont remember this being on telly and neither does anyone else I've asked but dont let its anonymity put you off, its a very good series.
There are 4 well written and gripping cases shown with David Hayman & Kate Buffery playing 2 detectives with differing styles of approach and personality.These 2 play their roles well and without any scene stealing theatrics. The screen is instead stolen by the various villains, mad,regretful and just plain horrid, but always memorable.
From child murder to stomach churning attacks on women the series is unflinching in its honesty and those of a more fragile disposition should really look elsewhere as the subjects are disturbing and the camera not afraid to look at the brutal results of the crimes committed.
As the series progresses you learn a little more of those regularly involved but this is not what these programmes are about, rather just enough info. is handed out to ensure you care about them, but its the crimes and the criminals that are looked at the most closely.
Too often nowadays 2 hours or more are given over to police dramas with storylines so thin that an hour would be generous. Such is not the case here however. Each lasts well over 3 hours and no time is wasted, the time passes quickly and at the end, even though the final court desision may disapoint,(just like real life), you are never left wondering about lost plot strands or characters, everything is carefully brought together and explained.
There are only 4 episodes but,as I said, at over 3 hours each and at the very reasonable price it can be purchased for, this represents good value for money and is sure to keep you gripped.
Sound is clear and dialogue well centered and easily followed. The picture is fine without grain and with good detail and colour for a 10 year old television series.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, gripping drama 18 Sep 2007
If you are looking for something to watch now that the autumn evenings are nearly upon us, then look no further. Although this series came out in the 90's it is one of the best crime dramas around. Miss Marple it isnt! It is a brutal and honest portrayal of a murder squad and Linda La Plante creates some real twists and turns along the way. Episode 2 has got one of the nastiest men I've ever watched.
Just fantastic acting - the 2 main leads are really good. This is excellent value for money - am definitely going to get the second lot of episodes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good 10 Mar 2009
By Jake
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's an unusual program that manages to nail the finer details of police procedure and culture as well as this does, but it's absolutely unique that it also manages to perfectly recreate the legal process so exactly. Everything in this show is perfect, everything is just as it should be. There is no overacting, no melodrama, no stock characters and no simple answers. Everything is realistic and everything is painted in shades of gray.
Above all, though, the cases that La Plante creates for us are utterly fascinating from start to finish. Each one lasts well over three hours, but this time flies by and you will be utterly gripped.

It's tragic that this show has been so under-appreciated - it shows programs like The Bill and Law & Order for the drama-lite that they are, and sits more comfortably in a similar league to the best American shows like The Wire.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic series! 31 Mar 2009
This collection of Trial and Retribution contains the first four series of what is now an absolute classic TV show, and (at just over a fiver) is very reasonably priced indeed.

The premise of the show is well described by the box itself: 'prepare for a level of criminal insight never before experienced, as you view every single aspect of a serious crime - from the act being perpetrated, through the investigation and arrests, before arriving at the law courts for a dramatic finale. You are then charged with reaching your own judgement of whether or not justice has been done.' This is precisely what you get. To call the show 'ground-breaking' or 'innovative' does not quite do it justice. Though it has somewhat lost its way in the recent episodes, these early series of T&R are truly crime drama at its fullest, most detailed and very best.

The two main characters, who are charged with investigating each case, are Mike Walker #David Hayman# and Pat North #Kate Buffery# who both put in excellent, and at times very under-stated, performances as they are forced to deal with the various harrowing cases. As the series progress we gradually learn more and more about their personal lives, which is nice. The first four series are entirely written and produced by acclaimed crime writer Lynda La Plante.

Episode 1 #1997# - 'Anita Harris is about to experience a mother's worst nightmare - her five-year-old daughter has gone missing. When a young policeman makes a gruesome discovery, a murder investigation is launched led by DS Mike Walker, an old-fashioned Detective determined to find the killer at all costs. With little evidence and only one unreliable witness, Walker is stretched to the limit - but can he find enough proof to bring charges?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and Retribution 9 Mar 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great DVD at a great price. I love this programme but I missed the first series. It came up to my expectations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great viewing
a great boxset at a good vaule price passed a few nights away enjoying these dvds would recommend the boxset to anyone
Published 10 months ago by A. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb entertainment
Thoroughly enjoying this series. The episodes are quite long but with never a dull moment and the ending are always explosive.
Published 16 months ago by Dinah H
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
With the exception of the first disc, I found set 1 disappointing. The unlikely relationship between David Hayman's character and that of Kate Buffery was tedious and spoiled the... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Osprey
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Intelligent Detective Work
Not having seen any of Lynda La Plante excellent 'Trial & Tribulation' series here in NZ, it was a nice little gem to stumble across. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Angie Bastion
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets
These episodes are all compelling. The performances are fantastic, capturing the pain and stress of everyday people as well as psychopaths. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is a well worked series from crime writet Linda la Plante. I think there may be in one instance a section missing from the end of the DVD (a trial of the apprehended culprit)... Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by Mr. Jeffrey Kershaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting; formulaic, incredible plots; weak back story...
Thought I'd play Devil's Advocate since everyone else here is raving about T&R. It's great entertainment, no question. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by Justice Peace
5.0 out of 5 stars satisfied
this dvd series is brilliant well acted and full of suspence was well pleased when i managed to complete the series thanks to amazon
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by Mrs. J. B. Mcdowall
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and Retribution 1 to 4
Great cast, great stories, excellent value. I live abroad and missed this when first time on TV.

Will order the next series.
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by M. Gennard
5.0 out of 5 stars TRIAL & RETRIBUTION (volumes 1 to 4)
We have watched all the Trial and Retribution Series over the years and I thought it would be great to be reminded of how it all started! Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Mary Bolton
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