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Between The Lines: Complete BBC Series 3 [DVD] [1994]

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  • Actors: Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond, Roger Allam, Glen Berry
  • Directors: Alan Dossor, Ian Knox, Richard Standeven, Ross Devenish, Roy Battersby
  • Writers: Dusty Hughes, Gordon Hann, J.C. Wilsher
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 May 2006
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENV4X0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Third and final series of the British television drama, following the team at the Complaints Investigation Bureau - the unit that polices the police - and starring Neil Pearson and Siobhan Redmond. In this series, Tony has been kicked off the force, but still keeps his hand in on cases involving a missing person, a Chilean general who is facing an assassination attempt, and a gang of gun-runners shipping arms to a neo-fascist rally in Belgium. Episodes are: 'Foxtrot Oscar'; 'A Safe Pair of Hands'; 'A Face in the Crowd'; 'Shoot to Kill'; 'Close Protection'; 'Blooded'; 'Unknown Soldier'; 'Free Trade'; 'The End User (Part 1)'; and 'The End User (Part 2)'.

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So the people who released this series on DVD have seen good sense and released the whole series. Originally transmitted in 1994 the third and last series of the excellent “Between The Lines” failed to live up the standards set by the previous two series. But they were very, very high standards indeed.
The central cast of characters are still all there, Tony Clark ( Neil Pearson) Mo ( Siobhan Redmond) and Harry ( Tom Georgeson) but after the cliff hanger episode for the end of the previous series the producers had left the characters with no where to go , but out of the Police Force. This severely compromises the drama as one of its chief precepts was the internal politics and sociological strife caused by working for The Metropolitan Police. Especially within the complaints division. Once that was removed it neuters the dynamics and tension between the characters and essentially becomes just another detective series, all be it a very good one.
Having left the force Clark, Harry and Mo team up as a detective agency, a fairly flimsy premise to keep the interplay between the characters alive it would seem but made believable by the quality of the writing and the terrific performances. Effectively they have formed a slightly dysfunctional family with shifting parameters at play, after all Tony Clark was once the boss and now he isn’t. Reduced to investigating fraud in Hotels ( Opening episode “Foxtrot Oscar” ) and other by comparison to their former careers, petty shenanigans, they end up by the end of the series ( A double header entitled “The End User”) becoming involved in some very dangerous fraught business involving paramilitary groups .
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I just wanted to chime in to say how much I enjoyed this series, in case anyone is put off by the notion that it's inferior to the previous two series. In my opinion it's just as good: don't hesitate.

It is fair to say, though, that the first couple of episodes here are discouraging--one set in Tunisia, one in a hotel--two very unsuitable locations for "Between the Lines" plots. After that, however, the series, like the previous one, gains momentum superbly, building up several intertwining narrative strands that hold you to the end.

Yes, you could say that private detective work doing deniable operations through John Deakin is a less plausible world than that of the complaints division of the police. But this series has two pluses that compensate, in my opinion. First there's the return of the potent John Deakin character, who'd been largely replaced in the second series by CS Graves, a rather superficial character, woodenly acted, now cut. Secondly, there's the presence of the superb actress Sylvestra Le Touzel as Sarah Teale--a much more believable paramour for Clark than that of the second series, the annoying Mrs Berridge. Add these two characters to the incomparable trio of Clark, Naylor, and Connell, and you have a five-handed ensemble to die for.

The plausibility issue need only be a worry if you take "Between the Lines" as a realistic drama: I don't. It is, in my opinion, a systematic investigation of the politics of law and order in British society--each plot placing the microscope over a different spot. The writers, who include the excellent playwright Dusty Hughes, move from one relevant issue to another, exposing the impossibility of any true justice when it comes to, as Deakin once put it, "big boys' rules".
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I found Season 1 slightly disappointing - until the last few episodes, from then on it gets better and better.

Season 2 is awesome - after watching each episode you realize that you just saw something amazingly good.

Season 3 - what can I say ? Absolutely Great - it is even better than Season 2 : Perfect.
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I really enjoyed the first two seasons, but this one has been oh so disappointing. It really does seem that they are clutching at straws to keep it going and with some quite absurd plots that I assume are meant to 'sex it up'.

Great actors, but they should have called it quits at the end of the second year.
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This series does not compare well with the first two. The general corruption and sleaze among government, the civil service and the police forces may well be realistic, but in this, admittedly well-made series, it gets to be rather depressing. hence the lower score!
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I have not seen series 3 Why? Because I am not prepared to pay out nearly 100 pounds.I saw series 1 & 2 ; they were suburb. I consider this to be a criminal attempt to extort money from fans of this series. If nobody buys they will bring the price down.Who is responsible for this pricing structure? This is not the only tv series where this problem exists. DON'T PAY SILLY MONEY AND THESE CROOKS WILL GET THE MESSAGE!!!
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yeah one of the best cop dramas of all time, based on the Police Investigations department, investigating itself on the 3rd series they move it on to terrorism, not just a great story and a great premise, well acted with great characters chucked in. Most tv cop stories the characters are not particularly likable or interesting, these are, and that makes it for me.
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