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The Chief - The Complete Fourth Series [DVD]


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  • Actors: Martin Shaw, Karen Archer, Stuart McGugan, Michael Cochrane, T. P. McKenna
  • Directors: A.J. Quinn, Roger Gartland
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W2FZN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

This outstanding police procedural drama stars noted actor Martin Shaw as Alan Cade, the compassionate and resolutely reformist chief constable of Eastland, a fictional East Anglian force; a distinguished guest cast includes Philip Glenister, Andy Serkis, John Shrapnel, Peter Egan and Nickolas Grace. While this fourth series continues to show the many challenges facing Cade and his frontline team, from drug crime to terrorist bombings, witness intimidation and the exploitation of migrant workers, the focus remains on the politics of modern policing. The former Met commissioner s radical approach still antagonises his superiors at the Home Office, and he is now witnessing the gradual centralisation and unaccountability of the government agencies that are taking over different police roles. And, as ever, Cade s deep commitment to Eastland is taking an unremitting toll on his personal relationships...

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Nasmyth Miller on 23 Aug 2011
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This is the type of series that one never wants to see concluded, or if it should be the last, it ends with a conclusion. Having viewed all four series of "The Chief" so far released, I am waiting to see a fifth. My hope is that there is one and it will soon be available. The whole of the series has dealt responsibly with an aspect of policing not usually seen. The cast have been well selected and the acting of a high standard.
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Like some others, perhaps, we bought DVD sets of the two latter 'The Chief' series because we have liked Martin Shaw in 'Gently" and 'John Deed". Don't remember "The Chief" from back when it originally aired on TV. IMO, it hasn't worn well. By the current standards of crime drama, many of the storylines are thin and resolved perfunctorily, and the supporting characters one-dimensional -- a symptom, possibly, of the episodes being 50 minutes long (when nowadays 90 minutes, 2 hours, or even longer are the norm). The makers might say that "The Chief" was never meant to be about the plots, but rather about the main character and the issues he faces. If so, then the problem is that over several decades Martin Shaw has pretty much cornered the market in square-peg-in-round-hole authority figures, so that watching "The Chief" after seeing his more recent series feels like a dose of same-old-same-old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian lawrence on 26 Jan 2013
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Nice item with the best service postage, very happy with the qualiety of the DVD, would recomend for a further purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian E. Doubleday on 24 Dec 2012
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An interesting and enjoyable few hours.

Martin Shaw is always worth watching and this series is no exception, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Kimlin on 19 Sep 2012
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Attitudes to smoking, the way the police dress and the cars have changed, however the stories have not lost their ability to grip and their relevance. In light of recent events it is even more gripping than it was when I first watched it.
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By Steve Gray on 8 Mar 2014
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Quite good but not as interesting as series 1,2 & 3. Seems as though that story line not quite as compelling
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Already had part of this series on VHS (taped from TV) but the quality is so much better on the DVD
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