Mr. D. L. Rees

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In the time that remains, my aim is to read and to view as much as I can - indebted to fellow reviewers who give detailed reasons for their assessments. Thanks to them, I have gone well outside my usual range, discovering some very real gems.

Box sets of TV drama. The impact is far greater with a whole season seen over a few evenings - minus on-screen logos, adverts, squashed credits, spoilers, etc. Some of the bonuses are excellent. Great bargains abound!

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 392 - Total Helpful Votes: 2172 of 2620
NYPD Blue - Season 3 [DVD] [1995] <b>DVD</b> ~ Dennis Franz
5.0 out of 5 stars GRITTY, RAW & SUPERB, 30 July 2014
As powerful as remembered, this portrayal of NY police officers one they themselves recognized.

22 episodes. The bonuses are of particular interest. These were recorded years later at the series' end. Creator Steven Bochco and members of the cast look back at Season 3, assessing its trends and achievements. Bochco declares the show, already so good, was steadily maturing - main characters well established and full of potential, camera work less frenetic, storylines better paced.

In the cramped precinct work area, focus remains largely on Andy Sipowicz - a cop who gets results (one way and another), but the man himself seriously flawed. A reformed alcoholic, he… Read more
Hate by Alan Gibbons
Hate by Alan Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS TO HAUNT?, 29 July 2014
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Rosie and boyfriend Paul were savagely attacked by thugs, simply because of what they wore. Rosie died. Six months later, sister Eve continues to grieve - horrified when Anthony Broad joins her class. He was amongst those there, watching. He could have helped prevent.

Here is an in-depth study of emotions aroused. Rosie's family still struggling to come to terms with their loss. Anthony, who is likeable and certainly no villain, tormented by guilt.

Alan Gibbons' "Hate" is a book with a mission. It aims to open eyes to the prejudice all around and invites us to consider why this should be. What a difference if people were prepared to stand up for what is right… Read more
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
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Evacuated to St Albans, ten year old Noel Bostock is one of the last to be placed - his jug ears, limp, and solemn demeanour putting locals off. Keen for the money (10/6 a week, more if a bedwetter), Vee Sedge takes him in. Taking people in is her speciality. Awesomely precocious, Noel does not rate her scams highly. Time for him to lend a hand.... Here is an odd couple indeed. Can this be the start of a beautiful friendship?

I am sorry Noel's confused godmother Mattie died so soon, she a formidable ex-Suffragette who taught him all he knows. She won me over from the start - virtually every utterance a gem. (On receiving homemade gifts from boring relatives, she declares,… Read more