Between The Lines: Complete BBC Series 3 [DVD] 
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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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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 .Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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.
Great actors, but they should have called it quits at the end of the second year.
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Brilliant series, and well worth the reasonable price asked for it.Published 19 months ago by dgbees
This is a good example of the older generation going back in time and enjoying themselves. Well done thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on 8 May 2014 by PS10
Was amazing to view the best of Brit drama at the time, loved the dialogue driven drama. It's the best in fact.Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by Brendon Taylor
I watched this series on tv back in the early nineties, and only bought the dvd set to add to my collection.Published on 29 July 2013 by David Rogers
Bought series 1 & 2, so buying the 3rd was a no-brainer. Excellent BBC drama, although series 1 & 2 were probably better.Published on 22 May 2013 by Claire