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on 31 July 2005
This has to be a must for anybody who likes either Taggart or Silent Witness. And, if your memory of this short-lived series is good, then fork out the money for this boxset beacause it is every bit as good now.
What makes each of the first eight films work so well is the combination of the characters complicated lives with some chilling (at times very scarey) plotlines. Yes, it does sometimes push the realms of plausibility, but credibility never steps in the way of enjoyment.
The last film does not have John Hannah in and, although it is in the same style, he leaves a rather large hole. Which presumably why they did not make any more. Shame.
Despite the excellence of the programme, the extras are almost non-existent. Just one commentary or a documentary would have been good. Still, you can't have everything!
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on 13 July 2005
Of all the medical examiner mystery tv dramas, McCallum is my favorite. The storylines & plots are intriguing & thrilling even though admittedly at times, one has to suspend reality a bit as to the portrayal of forensic & law enforcement procedures. I especially enjoy the character development of McCallum and his co-workers - each with their own personality and are believably human in loyalty, betrayal, folly, and relationship interactions.
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on 26 April 2015
Super series which stands the test of time due to the lovely John Hannah and his eccentric team with good acting from the whole cast. The late Gerard Murphy had a long disinguished career and Zara Turner is a ray of light. I find it much more entertaining than the dour Silent Witness or the forced quirkiness of Bones both of which irritate me enormously now, and while there are only 9 episodes, they are like full length features.
It would be great if John Hannah could revisit this character at a later stage in the story development as a more grumpy and mature McCallum based in Edinburg or Glasgow. Definitely worth a watch as it is forensic / crime television at its best with a good balance between the backstories of the main characters, the central crime and JH's bum!
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on 14 June 2016
So used to seeing John Hannah acting the buffoon (The Mummy etc.,) it was refreshing to see him as a grown-up actor - and really good. We have now started finding other series he's been in and we are have not been disappointed. Can't wait to find more. Would recommend.
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on 3 October 2014
would recommended this series it is so different
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on 28 April 2009
Had seen them before on T.V. and was a little disappointed on viewing them again
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