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This review is from: Lynda La Plante - Trial And Retribution - The First Collection - 1 to 4 [DVD]  (DVD)
It's an unusual program that manages to nail the finer details of police procedure and culture as well as this does, but it's absolutely unique that it also manages to perfectly recreate the legal process so exactly. Everything in this show is perfect, everything is just as it should be. There is no overacting, no melodrama, no stock characters and no simple answers. Everything is realistic and everything is painted in shades of gray.
Above all, though, the cases that La Plante creates for us are utterly fascinating from start to finish. Each one lasts well over three hours, but this time flies by and you will be utterly gripped.
It's tragic that this show has been so under-appreciated - it shows programs like The Bill and Law & Order for the drama-lite that they are, and sits more comfortably in a similar league to the best American shows like The Wire.