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Single-Handed [DVD]

Owen McDonnell , David Herlihy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson, Ian McElhinney
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045YGPUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell), a Sergeant with the Irish police, is completely at home in his new patch; he ought to be as he was born and brought up there. He knows the people, he knows the West of Ireland and, more importantly, he knows how the two fit together. But this is no cushy posting; Jack s patch stretches from the Atlantic coast in the West to the glacial lakes in the East, from Galway City in the South to Killary harbour in the North - he s on call 24-hours a day and, more often than not, he s single-handed. From the team that brought you ITV s award winning drama The Vice, SINGLE-HANDED explores how policing a rural community differs from city policing. Your precinct is vast, the terrain extreme and the community lives on the edge. You are always on duty. There s nowhere to hide. Stationed more than 40 miles from his superior officers and with specialist backup hours away, Jack is used to thinking on his feet. In circumstances like these, normal procedures are always under pressure and often bypassed altogether, but Jack has the shadow of his predecessor hanging over him. His father Gerry (Ian McElhinney Little Dorrit, Closing the Ring, Rough Diamond) has only recently vacated the position and Jack s methods are not necessarily the same... The job has taught Jack one invaluable lesson - when the going gets tough, the only person you can rely on is yourself.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than expected 12 July 2011
I imagined this Irish Police Drama to be a cross between Ballykissangel and Heartbeat but far from it!
Its dark, very dark. The show revolves around Sergeant Jack Driscoll who has just moved to a remote area of
Ireland where he grew up. As you can imagine, all is not what it seems out in the Irish Countryside. Cant
see this show doing much for the Irish Tourist Board, but its still compelling viewing and the finest television
to come out of Ireland since Bally K. Looking forward to what Series 2 has in store when it starts later this month
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single handed 25 July 2011
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The bleak, wild and remote west of Ireland is the scene for this outstanding series when an incoming policeman, Sergeant Jack Driscoll (superbly played by Owen McDonell) discovers the dark side of what lies beneath the surface of a close rural community where everyone knows everyone else and people do not take kindly to a new policeman digging up the past behaviour of certain folk living in the area. Driscoll takes up his post following on from his much respected father who he discovers had his own way of preserving the peace that is not always by the book and at times was downright corrupt.

The three stories in the first series tell of the crimes that Driscoll investigates and the shattering effect it has on his life and his family and how his discoveries lead to him clashing with his father when his past is uncovered. If you are looking for heart warming Irish whimsey or a tale of loveable Irish country folk this series is definately not for you. Ballykissangel it ain't but it's all the better for that.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Aug 2011
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This series was television at its very best and it loses nothing in being watched for the second or even third time. The storylines are deceptive. What appears to be gentle and mundane turns into something quite dark and sinister.
The script is first class, the scenery magic and the acting superb. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that the lead actor is a dish!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Overall an excellent series. The first episode is the best. It starts a little slowly but ends with a William Trevor-ish twist to it. I thought the second episode was the weakest, though the reason I bought the series is that episode 2 has Caroline Catz in it (as the local GP and live in girlfriend of the hero during the episode). However, her role was, for the most part, extraneous to the plot, especially since she was gone by the third episode (said to have gone back to England because of the nasty winters on the west coast of Ireland).

For those who need subtitles (as I do) the PAL version does not have them even though the NTSC version does. I am mystified as to why they are not included in the PAL version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE HANDED SERIES 1 7 Oct 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 7 Sep 2011
Personally I think the two series' of Single Handed have been the best series on TV in a long while. The stories are gripping and together with the stunning scenery of rural Ireland, and of course Owen McDonnell's brooding good looks, well, what more could you ask for. Now that series two has ended Thursday nights just won't be the same, I ordered this series 1 DVD straight away due to withdrawal symptoms and I watched the lot in one day as was off work ill, and it cheered me up no end. I can only hope that we see another series as this quality TV does not come around too often. The acting and direction is superb, you really believe in the characters, and the writing is just brilliant. All episodes are two hours or so in duration, shown in two 1 hour episodes on TV, and they are so compelling that you can't wait for the next episode. Jack Driscoll is such a sexy character and Owen McDonnell's portrayal of Jack is perfect - please, please bring him back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show 23 Feb 2012
This show is well worth watching. Great to watch a show that has real people and no glamour, just real life.
Can be watched a number of times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Single Handed 15 Jun 2014
By MaryE
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I love this and buying the DVD seemed to be the only option I had to see it again and will buy the next one shortly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good item
got this as my daughter is 'micky blue eyes fan' so i got all the ones with hugh grant in yippee ! x
Published 9 months ago by joshuas
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the same review
Again, excellent series and as I`ve written before,,,,,,,,,,,,really don`t know what to say to give this series the credit it deserves,,,,,google it, read what other people... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
Enjoyed both series as I have stated before I have enjoyed both series and I look forward to more programmes/series.
Published 15 months ago by Geoffrey D. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
I think this series very under rated when it went out on ITV. Strong cast, excellent scripts, some great direction ( especially the Stolen Child episode ) all against the backdrop... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kiff
2.0 out of 5 stars a dissenting opinion
I bought this on the strength of the five star reviews here on amazon, but it just did not work for my wife or I. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama
I purchased this on the strength of the reviews on Amazons. I was not sorry as this is great drama. The story lines are dark and deceptive and little surprises pop up through each... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Cisco Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Single handed DVD series 1
After watching series 2 and really enjoying it we decided to order series 1 to understand the background of the story...and i am so glad we did. Absolutely loved it
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by twinklyblue
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it
This has engaging lead characters and gorgeous filming locations, with plenty of tension and intrigue in the storylines. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Fiona
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