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Single-Handed Series Two [DVD]

Owen McDonnell , David Herlihy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson, Ian McElhinney
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TWXO4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Owen McDonnell reprises his role as police sergeant Jack Driscoll in the critically acclaimed drama Single-Handed. Matthew McNulty (Lark Rise to Candleford) joins the cast as Brian Doyle, a cousin Jack never knew existed. Brought up in England, Brian returns to Ireland to discover the truth about his family. Simone Lahbib (Wire in the Blood) is Brian s girlfriend, Gemma, who joins him on his voyage of discovery and finds herself drawn to staying in Connemara for her own reasons. Sean McGinley (Braveheart) is Dennis Costello, a retired Guard who has taken over the local bar but has more sinister ambitions, readily exploiting former police colleagues in a bid to undermine Jack. The award-winning Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Crying Game) also guest stars. Episode One The Lost Boys; Episode Two Between Two Fires; Episode Three A Cold Heaven

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single Handed Series Two 24 April 2012
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was very impressed with "Single Handed Series 1" and particularly with the depth of the stories and the performance of Owen McDonell as Sergeant Jack Driscoll, a policeman in Connemara, a beautiful but bleak windswept area on the stunning north west coast of the Irish Republic. The stories in both series are as bleak as the landscape and reveals the dark underbelly of an isolated rural community where nothing is as it seems. Jack follows in the footsteps of his father who in the first series is the local sergeant who was feared and respected and Jack learns how his father carried out his duties sometimes in ways that were not at all appealing.

I wasn't disappointed as series two is just as rivetting as series one, especially the first story called "The lost boys" in which Stephen Rae give a superb, heartbreaking performance as a psychologically damaged man who experienced gross physical and sexual abuse as a child from the people who were supposed to be looking after him. He was removed from home after stealing a bar of chocolate and was placed in an institution, never to return home and he returns to the scene of his abuse and meets the man responsible for his suffering.

McDonnell is again terrific as the honest and caring cop who feels he has to live down what his father did and try to work within the letter of the law as far as he can.

I hope there is a third series and that the quality of the stories and the general production is maintained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heart stopper! 1 May 2012
By Dane
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There must be a third series! I realize that all good things must come to an end, but this is a masterpiece within its genre and though it could be argued to be an appropriate ending to let Jack Driscoll turn his back to us and look out the window and into to a future in this ominously bleak landscape acreep with yet untold stories all somehow related to his deceased father, I pray that this is not so! The acting is brilliant and the stories are grippingly multi dimensional. The real quality of the series is that none of the characters are truly embraceable: There is always a snag, always something that worries you, something that makes you retreat a bit the moment you are about to invite them into your heart. And yet they live there. That is what makes these strangers in a remote, nameless community, whose untold numbers of sleeping dogs brutally lullabied by Jack Driscoll's Garda father are now being roused by his own son, so real. And the script writers need no special effects nor to resort to violent images - the stories and the characters themselves have us by our throats and hearts. When we hear the proprietors say "Slainte!" in Mallon's bar it is no empty cliché or mere ritual greeting - it is genuinely needed!
Please don't let go - let us have a third series at least!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Single handed 5 Dec 2012
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Great series for both series I give 5 stars , looking forward to series 3 when it comes up on your site.The action and scenery keep one glued to the screen and makes one wonder how it will end. Hope they continue making more as it is one that we defiantly want to see more of
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this immensely. 12 Jan 2013
By Johnny
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This series is well acted, well written and the sceneries are gorgeous. The characters have depth and are very believable. I would recommend this to anyone who likes murder mysteries
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SERIES 8 Jun 2014
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This series is so good I hope a third series is in the pipeline?

Owen McDonell is excellent as the Police Sergeant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 29 May 2014
By Susan
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Excellent series. I watched Season I via Netfix but Netfix did not have following season so I ordered it from Amazon UK. It was worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DARK CRIME DRAMA 1 Mar 2014
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Excellent police drama set in beautiful and desolate countryside in Ireland. Owen McDonnell has moved from the stage onto the TV screen seamlessly. Set in a small community with big secrets. Very original police show.
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