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Between the Lines, The complete collection - Grown up police drama,
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This is one for all serious lovers of drama. After growing up on a diet of Sweeney and Special Branch, I was totally blown away by the realism and complex nature of Between the Lines.
The story revolves around Tony Clark, high flying police officer who gets drafted against his will into CIB, the internal investigation team within the Metropolitan Police. The cases they investigate, the issues they face and the conclusions reached are superbly portrayed. Noting is in black and white, just as in real life there are endless shades of grey which Clark and his team must navigate. This is such a departure from usual drama with its clearly defined black and white heroes and villains. Here there are no good guys or bad guys, just people trying to make their way in the world, do their jobs and deal with the fallout from their (and others) actions. Clark has a dubious personal life, and it is clear that the difference between `innocent' and `guilty' is whether or not you've been caught. Actions have consequences, and the `good guys' don't always win.
As well as cracking scripts, there is a great display of acting talent on offer here. Neil Pearson is perfectly cast as Clark, the philander with a conscience and an overriding ambition to climb the greasy pole. Siobhan Redmond makes the part of Maureen Connell believable, and Tom Georgeson excels in the role of Harry Naylor, Clark's cynical number two. Tony Doyle puts in sterling work as the Machiavellian Deakin. There is a host of famous names as guest stars, such as Pete Postlethwaite, Daniel Craig and John Shrapnel. As far as the acting talent goes there is not aweak link to be found.
Collected here are all three series. Series one and two were by far and away the best, series three was a bit daft at times. Each series is presented in a fold out cardboard casr in a card slipcase. All three are gathered together in a flimsy card outer slipcase. There are 10 discs in total, with 4:3 aspect ratio, stereo sound on all episodes and no extras. The picture quality is OK but can be a little variable in the first series.
Recommended to all fans of decent drama. Well worth the money.