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on 1 October 2010
The first series of Vincent begins with a real punch and the team of characters are wonderful. I wish I could have given it five stars and if the performances were my only criteria I would. The problem is that the TV company didn't really nurture and develop the concept to it's full potential.
As so often in British series characters drop out from series one to series two. The absence of the divorce saga and Phil Glenister in particular is a real loss to the shape of the programmes.
Ray Winstone is wonderful as the sympathetic hard man, a private eye fighting vested interests(god knows how he manages to pay his staff!) He shows perfectly how good men end up acting in irrational revengeful ways.
Manchester provides a brooding atmospheric backdrop,some of the storylines are intense and moving, others seem just a bit too tired and formulaic.
I can`t help feeling that if this had been an American production it would have had the TLC it needed to make it into something really fantastic. As it is, it is damn good tele but not life changing like The Wire or the first two series of Trial and Retribution.