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Like an Orchestra slightly out of tune
on 3 September 2014
This was a much maligned series which I think suffered because of genre mixing and Toby Stephen's misjudged performance. At times, it felt neither a cop drama nor a comedy and consequently fell through the griddle in between. Miranda Raison is excellent throughout and is such a watchable, authentic actress but Toby's performance was high characature. His character, D I Jack Armstrong, would look hilarious in 'Touching Cloth' but here, where murders are being investigated and victims interviewed, it looked oddly dysfunctional and inappropriately flippant at times. In fact Toby looked like a rookie actor attempting a Lewis Collins impersonation such was the 70s strut about his whole performance. But the tone when contrasted with those around him seemed off. I think this is a shame as a pure spoof on the buddy-buddy genre would have suited this bachelor-boy bafoon down to the ground. The Vexed cast and crew tried to be different and that's no bad thing. It hits, misses and fizzes in parts but ultimately the component parts didn't complement one another often enough and Toby had his contrast whacked up to the max. But I can't say I didn't enjoy it, it was unusual, different and at times very amusing..