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Touching Evil - The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Michael Feast, Shaun Dingwall, Adam Kotz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 809.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010Y9XYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Touching Evil - The Complete Series 1-3 box set contains five discs and every episode from the first three series of the dark and gritty crime drama from acclaimed writers Paul Abbott ("Cracker") and Russell T. Davies ("Casanova"). Robson Green takes the lead role of Detective Inspector Creegan--a maverick agent in the Organised and Serial Crime Unit, which was specially created to tackle the growing spectre of serial crime in the UK.


In Touching Evil, Detective Inspector Dave Creegan and his partner Susan Taylor--of the Organised and Serial Crime Unit--deal with crimes involving the seamier side of human nature, like a serial killer with a predilection for the scalps of young women, a tortured relief-worker bent on exorcising demons carried back from Bosnia, and an international ring of black-market adoption agencies. This box set includes every episode from the first three series of the show.

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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Anita on 17 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
When the disc one was loading on my DVD machine, I was expecting to watch a good standard British crime drama. Hey, no. What I did not expect was to watch something way better. And that's exactly what happened.

When you have watched enough of cop series, you kind of get used to some procedures. Like: OK, I've seen a twist like this in 5 other films and a turn like that in yet 10 other. Here you can get plenty of things out of standard. To tell the truth, I was totally fascinated by that. OK, I admit I haven't watched the last couple of episodes yet, just because I know there's no more....

Unlike in most cop series here you get to know the identity of the perpetrator quite early, as it's not "who", but "why" and "how" more important. And that will keep you glued to the screen, I promise. And then, all of the main characters have some torments of their own, but if you expect some usual reasons like drinking brothers, fighting for children care (you name it), you'll be disappointed. The characters are very human, and their reasons of suffering are very personal and very credible, OK, sometimes they do almost step over the edge with being emotional, but even then it's done with unquestionable taste. And don't expect any standards. If a man is suffering too much to keep pain contained and pours his heart out, the one who is listening will not start crying for company, he'll do something very different instead. If the grieving parents are invited to address the perpetrator on TV (a cliche!!!), just get ready for one one the best moments. Enough of examples, they are NUMEROUS. By the way, I know that there's a remake of this done in the States, but I don't think I'll ever risk watching it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec 2011
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Paul Abbott's 1997 creation, he and Russell T. Davies responsible for Season 1's taut scripts.

OSC is an armed rapid response unit dealing with serial crimes. DI Dave Creegan heads the team on the ground - he literally back from the dead, scar on forehead showing where a bullet entered. As usual, Robson Green makes the most of a grim, demanding role. Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Adam Kotz play his main colleagues. The series is not a whodunnit, killers' identities rarely in doubt. Focus is more on those investigating, how they cope with so much horror. Evil cannot be touched without contamination. How long before each unravels? None of them will emerge unscathed.

Necessarily unsettling and dark (literally so, many interior scenes needing more lights). Ian McDiarmid and Tony Curran particularly disturb as two of the serial killers - unrepentant and taunting, truly chilling performances.

An uneven series. Season 1 strong. Season 2 wavering (twice officers unconvincingly falling for people involved in cases -outcome of such relationships predictable). Season 3 seems simply tagged on (but has its moments).

Ground has been prepared for "Wire in the Blood" two or so years later - Robson Green there impressive in another uncompromising role which offers more scope.

The boxed set contains the three seasons, a total of eight cases divided into fifty minute two-parters. No extras.

Recommended for those who prefer viewing that challenges. (Of additional interest are early sightings of faces destined to become familiar - one of them James Hooton, he the future Sam Dingle of "Emmerdale".)
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2009
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Robson Green is DI Dave Creegan with Nicola Walker as sidekick DI Susan Taylor in the newly formed Organised Serial Crime Unit (OSC). I put my hands up - I wasn't a Robson Green fan until this. It is well acted, well written, well directed, filmed and edited.

Series 1 consisted of 3 (double episode) films - the first concerns the kidnapping of 3 little boys; the second, an angel of death; the third, a group of desparate teens lured into murder and multilation by an internet game.

Series 2 consists of 3 films - the first is about a killer who has an obsession for women with undyed hair and his follower; the second is about a man suffering from PTSD who decides that killing is the solution to all his problems (this stereotyping of war veterans as being deranged is something that I strongly object to); and the third brings back the father of a victim from a previous case who holds Creegan responsible for his daughters death and goes after revenge by terrorising his family while the team investigates a child smuggling and paedophilia group.

Series 3 consists of 2 films - the first one is about the release of a prisoner who was wrongfully convicted after Creegan "got him to confess" and the search for the real killer - the working class area is depicted as grey and depressive and the local cops as thick and dirty; and the second and final film they are searching for an arsonist who is burning people alive for revenge.

There were 3 series in total and the boxset covers them all.

I have to say that this series reminds me a lot of the "Wire in the Blood" series which was based on the books of Val McDermid -
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