I have just started watching this box set again - I already have series 2 pre-booked!
I'm not usually a fan of detective dramas, as they tend to be very similar to each other. However, 'Waking the Dead' is unique. I first started watching in about the fourth series, and was immediately hooked. I am now building them up on DVD so I can watch them when I like!
The series is darker and more unconventional than the average detective drama. Trevor Eve in particular lends a kind of manic realism - far from being overtly childish, as some people have suggested, his character, DCI Boyd, is startlingly real.
All the cast's performances are solid, the scripts well-plotted and tightly controlled, which always leaves you eagerly awaiting the next episode. However, lazy viewers beware - this is not mind-numbing, dull television - if you want to watch it, be prepared to concentrate. If you just want to vegetate, go watch Big Brother.