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This review is from: Case Histories - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Kate Atkinson's creation Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) returns in his role as the rugged, brooding, chain-smoking policeman turned private investigator. The 2 DVD set contains the three televised feature length episodes set in Edinburgh. The episode titles are: 1) STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG. 2) NOBODY'S FOOL. 3) JACKSON AND THE WOMEN.
Jason Isaacs plays Brodie as a dedicated, soft-hearted and battle-weary private eye in search of something more than his investigative life. His marriage has dissolved but his delightful daughter Marlee, brilliantly played by Millie Innes is the fulcrum of his otherwise disorganised life. She returns from New Zealand for an episode, displaying her precocious talents. Brodie is forlorn, a drifter, grasping at emotional attachments that inevitably break down due to his commitment to his job. His life revolves around impulsive decisions both in his job and private life. Everything precious to him seems to evaporate apart from his daughter. Romance figures largely but Brodie manages to mess things up. His on-off relationship with DCI Louise Munroe (Amanda Abbington) exemplifies his lack of obligation despite their obvious mutual attraction. Instead, Brodie embarks on spontaneous romantic interludes. Charlotte (Dawn Steele) is typical. Plunging head first into an affair with her after a lucky day at the races is followed by a shock parting discovery.
The characters and script are strong. The acting is excellent and the dialogue appropriate. The series hangs together well. Jason Isaacs is superb as the pivotal character with a convincing performance as an investigator, lonely and world weary subject to repeated physical assaults. He is a survivor who gets results.
A few words for Victoria Wood (Tracy) who is a lonely ex-cop turned store detective in the first episode, who is magnificent in her role that changes everyone's lives. Murder investigation, chasing trails of lost relatives, dodgy child-snatching, infidelity all crop up. This is enjoyable entertainment. Brodie is a disorganised hound-dog investigator. He messes up his own life and his colleagues but has charisma as well as his own set of standards and a conscience. He seems a genuinely 'good man' beneath the camouflage, a reluctant hero. I am looking forward to more episodes.