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Murphy's Law : Complete BBC Series 1 - 3 Box Set [2003] [DVD]

James Nesbitt , Del Synnott , Andy Goddard , Brian Kirk    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Nesbitt, Del Synnott, Sarah Berger, Michael Feast, Mark Womack
  • Directors: Andy Goddard, Brian Kirk, Maurice Phillips, Menhaj Huda, Peter Lydon
  • Writers: Allan Cubitt, Colin Bateman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 1057 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FG69KO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,037 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars as Detective Tommy Murphy in this action-packed crime drama.

Series 1 Devastated by the death of his daughter at the hands of terrorists in Northern Ireland, Murphy is on suspension and falling apart… until his bosses make him an offer he can’t refuse. Now he’s working undercover in London, taking on the most dangerous cases offered to him. He’s a man with little left to lose…

Pilot Episode: Murphy’s Law • Electric Bill • Kiss and Tell • Manic Munday • Reunion

Series 2 Murphy is forced to take on a number of different personalities when he goes undercover; whether hunting for a serial killer who is stalking London’s West End, or searching to discover whether racist bullying led to a promising young police officer committing suicide.

Jack’s Back • Bent Moon On The Rise • Ringers • Alice • Convent • The Group

Series 3 This new series takes Murphy deeper and deeper undercover. The stakes are high and the risks enormous as Murphy finds himself embroiled in a complex network of criminality and double dealing. At the centre is David Callard (Ramon Tikarum, This Life) – head of the biggest criminal fraternity in London. Murphy must navigate his way through dangerous territory. It’s the biggest challenge of his career.

The Goodbye Look • Disorganised Crime • Strong Box • Extra Mile • Boy’s Night Out Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half the episodes are edited 30 Aug 2006
The series 2 and 3 episodes on this DVD set only run to just over 50 minutes each. On TV, they were just shy of an hour. These 50 minute episodes are the ones prepared for foreign broadcasters who need to insert adverts, and to shorten the programmes scenes less essential to the plot have been removed or trimmed (secondary plot strands, character banter). Personally I'd wait for the repeats and watch the complete programmes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boxset 4 Sep 2006
watched all series on tv and now can enjoy whenever i wish, excellant boxset, james nesbitt takes this role deeper and deeper after each programme.

buy now you won't be disappointed. 5 star alround.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matures with age 7 Mar 2007
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I never saw this on telly but thought I would give it a try on DVD, a good decision as it turns out.

James Nesbitt plays undercover cop Tommy Murphy, a man whose life has been shattered by the murder of his daughter, split up from his wife he returns to work but in London instead of his previous post in Ireland and soon begins to ruffle feathers. Unconventional, uncompromising and only too happy to rattle a few cages to get things done.

At the outset the character of Murphy is solemn but as the 1st series progresses he becomes very funny and Nesbitt carries off the show with a disarming display of wit and charm. He is doubtless aided by sharp scriptwriting and some well paced and enjoyable plots.

At the outset of series 2 things take a serious turn and it takes some time for the humour to return but as always the plots remain tightly controlled and the format of 50 minutes instead of 90 works well.

Series 3 is a different beast altogether with the humour gone and although retaining the 50 minute running time for each show the story runs through the whole series and once again the series finds itself re-invented and refreshingly different from those before it. The plot is darker and Murphy is that much older and the risks he takes and those he has seen die have taken a toll, he is a solemn and more dangerous character in this 3rd series.

This is a great show, well paced, excellently written characters and plots and some great acting, particularly from Nesbitt who as the focus of the show keeps his character believable and interesting.

Picture is okay but can be quite rough at times and the sound is fine if nothing spectacular.

A great boxset that is well worth your time. recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what would be expected out of a civil servant 21 Mar 2011
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would we really condemn a civil servant to live such a life for so little return?solving one just leads to the next.a typical new era portrayal of gloom without hope.each of these flawed new characters are at least as screwed up as the people they is not sure what their motivation is or if their main purpose is to enhance the sale of alcohol and provide needed revenue for the government.or,do they provide proof there are those worse off than ourselves?could they be religious explanations that this life is truly hell and death is the only release?the intensity certainly challenges the entertainment value.what exactly has been the exchange between your time and what you got in return?i enjoyed the first season as it at least had humor and inter-personal an american i am always impressed by the quality of acting and the production values.
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