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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder amongst the elite in 1931 Nairobi, 23 July 2007
This review is from: Heat of the Sun [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
London Police Detective Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) may have taken justice into his own hands. He tracked down an influential, wealthy member of parliament, a pedophile, in the act of abusing an 11 year old boy. The man taunted Tyburn that he couldn't be touched, and then pulled out a pistol and took a shot. He missed. Tyburn took out his pistol, took careful aim and deliberately killed the man. For his act, Tyburn was told he had two choices. Resign from the police or accept a new position of police superintendent in Nairobi, about as far from London as his superiors could send him.

So in 1931 Tyburn arrives in Kenya to take up his new post. His superior, Police Commissioner Burkitt (Michael Burne), is a red-faced martinet of the old school, dedicated to upholding the empire and not stepping on the toes of "our class." Tyburn quickly finds that Nairobi's upper class is a privileged mix of wealth, condescension, bigotry, drugs, adultery, alcoholism and occasional buggery. Enforcement of the law is designed to keep the lower classes in their place. Tyburn has his work cut out for him.

Heat of the Sun is a well made and well acted series of mysteries which take place in a much different time and setting than we're used to. Trevor Eve plays Tyburn as an experienced cop who is not impressed by the upper classes and doesn't mind pushing things if that's what it takes to find a criminal. Eve is a strong actor and is no pretty boy. He's a bit on the beefy side, and looks like he'd be more comfortable downing a beer than sipping a martini. The series is made up of three mysteries: Private Lives, which establishes Tyburn in Nairobi and puts him in the midst of murder and adultery amongst the elite; Hide in Plain Sight, where he goes up against a kidnapping ring; and The Sport of Kings, where Tyburn takes on a bigoted press lord and finds more secrets than he bargained for.

In my view, the setting, the time frame, the acting, and the prodding of the privileged make this an enjoyable show. Unfortunately, while it was reasonably popular when shown in the U.S., it made much less of an impression in Britain. A second set of three mysteries was never commissioned. If you want to see Trevor Eve's range as an actor, watch him in The Politician's Wife. He plays the politician, and is charming, reprehensible and a liar.

There's not much by way of extras. The DVD picture is fine.
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