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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate drama.
This police drama series, which deals with the more political aspects of police work, goes from strength to strength in its second series. Tim Pigott-Smith once again gives a superb portrayal as a Chief Constable whose attempts to make the land a safer and fairer place are constantly bringing him into conflict with superiors, red tape and even his own subordinates...
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by StormSworder

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Chief- Series 1 and 2
This Series was disappointing and I would give it a one star rating. The pace of the story line, broken up at frequent intervals by the insertion of the credits, and introduction to the next Episode at what seemed to be 15 minutes intervals, made for poor viewing. I tossed the videos out.
Published on 14 May 2011 by Sneeze


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate drama., 16 Nov 2009
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This police drama series, which deals with the more political aspects of police work, goes from strength to strength in its second series. Tim Pigott-Smith once again gives a superb portrayal as a Chief Constable whose attempts to make the land a safer and fairer place are constantly bringing him into conflict with superiors, red tape and even his own subordinates. Episodes in this series include animal rights terrorists, a boy kidnapped by an ex-mental patient (a brilliantly unnerving performance from Roger Lloyd Pack), a housing estate where a police officer is killed by teenaged thugs and a case of pollution caused by toxic waste dumping. Gripping, solid drama.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics and Intrigue at Chief Constable Level, 26 Jan 2010
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Mr. B. King "Compbck" (Enfield UK) - See all my reviews
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I was an avid fan of the The Chief when it was first shown by Anglia Television back in the early 1990's. I still have video tapes of the series, and have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the DVD collection, and will view each episode consecutively when I have them all. The series takes a look at a different aspect of the police service - The Role of a Chief Constable, well-acted by Tim Piggott-Smith and later by Martin Shaw, both of whom were well casted for the role of the Chief Constable of a fictitious police force known as Eastlands. Having come from a police background, and having worked at a similar level in the Metropolitan Police, I can relate to the constant tug of politics between the Chief Constable's Office, the Home Office, Local Police Authority and the community. The series deals very well with the way The Chief Constable and his closest advisors deal with the day-to-day running of a suburban police force, including the trials and tribulations in the domestic lives of his most senior colleagues. This is a first class police drama series, which was obviously well researched and advised by ex-Chief Constable John Anderton. Unlike the Bill and many of the current police dramas, this series looks at the top of tree, and anyone remotely interested in politics in the workplace will enjoy viewing it. 5 Stars right out of the box from series 1.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chief, 5 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Chief - Series 2 [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
An excellent series that was extremely well researched and equally well produced. Tim Piggott-Smith and Martin Shaw were superb, as was Karen Archer. The DVD release is long overdue ! One of the best police drama series ever created in my opinion. Have bought series 1&2 and am awaiting the release of the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chief, 31 Aug 2010
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This was a brilliant series when it was on the tv in the 90's. It's nice to have a permanent remainder of how brilliant it is that I can watch over and over again. Can't wait for series 3 to 6 to come out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Police Bosses at work a real change, 11 Feb 2014
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This series is different in that it is about the work of the TOP man. Tim Piggot-Smith Plays the part very well and so far seems to be the type that People would expect. Even handed and very fair to all. Hope that Martin Shaw will carry on the good work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Chief Series 2, 24 Dec 2012
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After the first episodes of The Chief the second series keeps up the standard of good and interesting stories and lays the foundation for Martin Shaw's role as the Chief.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently intense., 2 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Chief - Series 2 [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
Following his suspension at the close of series 1, Chief Constable John Stafford has to deal with more issues at the top of the tree including a new head of his Police Authority and domestic issues in his Assistant Chief's life.

Forging ahead like the first series, this show never fails to deliver and even 20 years on is a realistic and poignant window onto a world that was falling from the old ways and descending the slippery slope into the beaureacratic mess that is law enforcement in the UK.

The episode with the sniper is one of the best and makes it quite clear that English cops only fire as a last resort and with the utmost reluctance.

Although some of the show is unrealistic (the Chief on a stakeout or the Chief being a sniper's wingman) this is simple poetic licence and adds flavour to a show that wishes to illustrate that THIS Chief is hands on and has his scruples and moral compass pointed the right way.

Network have finally announced plans to release series 3 with Martin Shaw taking over the Chief's epaulettes, albeit with Piggot-Smith still in the chair for the first 3 episodes. Time will tell (April 2011 to be exact) if he does a good job in this series, as reviews so far have painted him as the "Chic Chief", given the role only to appeal to the lady viewers.

If you are interested in how the modern police operate check out my book Stab Proof Scarecrows.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent quality, 22 July 2012
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Matthew Norton (Wolverhampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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Picking up six weeks after the events that closed the first season, "The Chief" returns for more drama at the highest level of the fictional Eastland police force, with a big bang in the first episode as an animal rights group conducts a campaign first of bomb-hoaxes, then of actual bombs. A "French connection" to the bombings sets the scene for the debates concerning inter-police co-operation within Europe that run through this second season, and lead to its' denouement. Chief Constable John Stafford remains on form getting on the nerves and in the way of his officers and his superiors, including the new head of the Police Authority, a bean-counting councillor played by Gary Waldhorn, famous from "The Vicar Of Dibley", where he played a councillor. Stafford's big crusade in this season is "community policing", but the bean-counting councillor disagrees because it amounts to many beans, and Stafford's Deputy Chief Constable (Tony Caunter) disagrees on the grounds that it isn't what coppers joined up to do. This certainly provides for interesting viewing at a time, some 20 years on, when the debate feels especially pertinent, and again it is a gesture from "The Chief" that you are allowed to make your own mind up as to who is on the right track - if anything, the arguments for and against Stafford's actions are clearer than they were in the first season, in particular the mounting schism between Chief and Deputy, and Stafford's penchant for instant speechifying starts to become grating the more it is unleashed (!) There are elements of the second season that appear to lack subtlety (the episode about "mad-cow disease" ends on a faintly corny note) but overall the quality of its' predecessor is maintained and there is a suitably-jaundiced conclusion to this fine, intelligent drama.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great detective series, 8 Sep 2011
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CHIEF is another great detective series from ITV, I now have the first 4 series which Iam watching with great interest. Series 3 shows the change of CHIEF to Martin Shaw who is a great actor. The whole team are doing a super job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Chief Series 2, 29 Aug 2011
This review is from: The Chief - Series 2 [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
Why has it taken me ten years to view The Chief, it's an absorbing police series. I don't think I heard a single four letter word. Can't wait to order Serues 3 & 4
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