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  • Actors: Indira Varma, Richard Coyle, Daniel Ryan, Kieran Bew
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UZ9Z88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ben Graham (RICHARD COYLE) and Alisha Cole (INDIRA VARMA) are two lawyers about to witness something that will take them into a world of few moral certainties. They observe a miscarriage of justice on their own doorstep and, instead of giving in to the temptation to look the other way, they speak out. However, by trying to do the right thing, Ben and Alisha suddenly find themselves on the other side of the law enemies of the state. Produced by Carnival Films, The Whistleblowers is a six-part series created by the award-winning Tony Marchant (The Mark Of Cain, Passer By, Holding On, Recovery, Kid In The Corner), who writes three of the six episodes. One episode is written by real life whistleblower and ex immigration officer Tony Saint, another by ex teacher Steve Thompson and a sixth by Paul Logue (Sea of Souls). Each episode of The Whistleblowers begs the question could you? Or, more truthfully, would you?

About the Actor

Indira Varma is a British actress, from both Swiss and Indian descent. Varma trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has achieved recognition on both sides of the Atlantic with her role in the BBC/HBO drama Rome as Niobe and also as Dr. Adrianne Holland in the CBS medical drama 3lbs in 2006. She can also be seen in big-budget movies such as Bride and Prejudice and Basic Instinct 2. Back on British soil, Varma has appeared on some of TV s best-loved shows such as BBC s Little Britain, The Canterbury Tales and Torchwood. CBS beckons again for Varma, who has just finished filming Comanche Moon, the final instalment of the Lonesome Dove series for the American channel. She will star alongside Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini and Rachel Griffiths when the drama premieres in November 2007. Daniel Ryan is an actor who has been seen on many of TV s most successful serial dramas, including Casualty, Holby City, The Royal and Where The Heart Is. Ryan became more recognisable in 2004 when he won the role of Andy Coulson in Steel River Blues, ITV1 s popular fire-fighting drama. Most recently, he has appeared on ITV1 again, alongside Stephen Fry in Kingdom, the Norfolk-based comedy drama as well as on BBC1 s Hotel Babylon. Ryan has also managed to fit in several starring roles in theatre, regularly appearing in Royal Shakespeare Company productions. These include Richard III, A Midsummer Night s Dream and The Changeling. Ryan will next be seen on our screens in BBC1 s Messiah, which he is currently filming.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for this show which is written by Tony Marchant (The Mark Of Cain) but unfortunately they were dashed within about 15 minutes of the opening episode. The story is that BEN GRAHAM (Richard Coyle) and ALISHA COLE (Indira Varma) are lawyers at the same highly successful London firm. They witness a miscarriage of justice on their own doorstep and, instead of giving in to the temptation to look the other way, they speak out. However, by trying to do the right thing, Ben and Alisha suddenly find themselves on the other side of the law - enemies of the state.

This all sounds great however the drama moves at such a pace (normally a good thing in a thriller) that there is little time for characterisation or decent dialogue and you get the feeling they are just going so fast so you don't notice the yawning great plot holes that appear as they move from one far fetched situation to another. The final few minutes of the first episode in which they hold a press conference and stream video footage from a mobile phone of someone being tortured are laughably unbelievable.

This was meant to be ITV's answer to Spooks but it never gets close to offering the kind of thrills, intelligent writing and superb pacing that Spooks does. In short very disappointing.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Edwards on 13 Jan. 2008
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Better than average debut from a show I knew absolutely nothing about before purchasing. I'm in the U.S. so my t.v. culture is a bit different and I like to try out other things for relief. I tend to like the six episode (or slightly more) format that British shows offer as I tend to not like to feel as if I've been put thru so much filler for commercial time outs. I liked the overall idea of the show and the actors in it - Richard Coyle was brilliant in Couples (but crap with doors as it goes) and Indira Varma was a pleasant surprise even though I thought she was Preeya Kalidas from Bodies with a slight nose job. I don't have his name, but I especially liked the actor who played Kenny - here in America I'm sure someone would invent a drinking game around his appearances similar to someone downing a shot everytime Jack Bauer says dammit. The overall chemistry seems genuine and the storylines are well done however I do have two problems with the show. One, the show seems like it's trying too hard to be an American show. Too many quick cuts and scenes that rob the viewer of a better overall story picture. This ties in directly to my second problem with the show - the issues that are tackled in each episode are too big for a simple forty-five minute show. Each of the individual episodes could have been spread out and not been comprised. The first episode alone could have been the entire six-episode run if done right. Anyway, I did enjoy the show overall and if there is a second series I would check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FionaShopsalot on 29 Jan. 2008
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I found this to be mildly diverting and entertaining! Despite a few poor reviews here and in the media, it's one of those you can put on and find yourself in good company. Yes, it has flaws with some of the writing regarding the characters, but they don't overshadow a good idea and it's nicely shot. This isn't something I'd rush back to, but it can sit on my shelf for a year or so and be worth another look.
It's very much of its time and for the time being that's not a problem.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KK on 27 Nov. 2013
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I bought this (and mostly all other DVD's) only if I know that subtitles are provided for. Unfortunately this item didn't contain subtitles, despite the fact that the product description informed me positively. So this item is more or less useless for me. Sorry about the complain, but these are the facts.
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The packaging was not ok...it was open at both ends, so anybody could easily have removed a movie or two along the way!! There should have been tape or a string around it to hold it together. But the movie was great, as expected!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. MOORE on 11 Feb. 2008
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Great and up to date drama. The stories are very believeable and are totally gripping. Aside from the lead characters - a real gem is Kenny who is a vital link to the success of the show. Do not be swayed by a few negative comments as this is cracking TV. The behind the scenes section is pretty standard fare. The set is a fab buy which is cheaper than a typical CD purchase. Cannot wait for Series 2 and I will buy it!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. MOORE on 31 Jan. 2013
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Tho' light entertainment with some stockdevices and characters, it sometimes touches on real issues in plausable and intriguing ways. You won't be disappointed if you buy at the price I did, anyway.
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