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Crime Traveller: Part 1 [VHS] [1997]

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  • Actors: Michael French, Chloë Annett, Sue Johnston, Paul Trussell, Richard Dempsey
  • Writers: Anthony Horowitz
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revelation
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MJ0J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Several episodes from the television series in which a pair of crimefighters, Jeff Slade (Michael French) and Holly Turner (Chloe Annett) can travel backwards and forwards in time by a few hours through their very own time machine (designed by Holly's late father). However, the time machine tends not to be very reliable.

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Crime Traveller was and still is, in my opinion, one of the best Drama based Science Fiction series. Comparisons are made to the likes of Quantum Leap and even Back to the Future but this is entirely different.
Crime Traveller fits much more comfortably in the genre of drama as the time travel experience itself receives less emphasis as the events that occur because of it. Every episode can become complex due to the various aspect your watch the show from. Often the same scene will be in an episode two or three times, each time from a different angle and as a viewer you know more of the story until it all falls together at the end - captivating!
This box set is a must buy to own every episode as a second series was sadly never commissioned.
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Crime Traveller. Hard to believe that its not been shown since 1997. It a tribute to how good a programme it was that i remeber it seven years on. And now i have the DVD the entirety of why i enjoyed it so much comes flooding back.
Essentially the story focuses on a detective - Jeff Slade and Holly Turner, the police stations science officer. Holly, buildng on the work of her father has developed a time machine which allows her and Slade to travel back (a limited amount of time mind you) to view a crime as it happens and allow them an advantage on solving it.
The character themselves are great fun. By the second episode or so you get a real sense of mutual respect and trust between the two main characters. The smaller characters are of no real consequence but for comic relief they are tip top form.
The logic of time travel the show built up was actually quite clever in places. And you may have to watch an episode more than once to actually appreciate what going on. Temporal scisms or loop of causality - you name it this has got it. But it never takes a step into technobabble which is a plus. The writer sticks to the rules and it pays off. And the time machine itself is although a bit clumsy looking is great fun to watch at work. Jeff Slade when he first goes with Holly back in time asks her 'have you just photocopied us?', which is quite apt when you watch the time machine working.
As a plus there is an interview with the writer who reveal quite a few details you may want to know about Crime Traveller. Why there was never another series made (thanks to the BBC controller); he also cruelly states that there were talks with US companies to purchase the Crime Traveller format that never came to fruition. But why hasnt any authors decided to continue the adventures in a novel format?
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2010
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Cop Jeff Slade (Michael French) is about to be in big trouble after blowing an undercover job. But he is saved by police science officer Holly Turner (Chloe Annett) who uses the time machine created by her late father to unearth vital evidence that helps Slade. Once Slade has worked out what has happened he realises the potential in popping back in time to solve baffling crimes. This is the basis for this series. And yes it is far fetched. But once you get past that you get some very clever stories that use the usual time travel problems. He has to be back within a set time.
And he must not be seen by himself, etc, but there are a lot of twists and turns and some good humour.
An excellent use of the science fiction genre. But sadly the BBC axed the series after only a few episodes. A small crumb for science fiction fans to keep them happy and then they went on to give us over a decade of un funny comedians, endless cookery programmes, hours of sport, mindless reality shows and politically correct rubbish whilst telling us what "we like".
This is a first class, British Science Fiction based series.
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I'll not give anything away about this series because if you've seen it you'll know how good it was and, if you've not seen it, then I don't want to spoil your viewing experience. Created by Anthony Horowitz, who wrote every episode, this is great viewing and is becoming a Sci-Fi classic of its time. After a short time viewing, the fact that it's Science-Fiction becomes almost forgotten and you'll find yourself dragged into the world of crime solvers Kate Grisham, Jeff Slade and Holly Turner. Also the minor characters of Morris, Danny and Nicky Robson add to the mix in every episode. This is heaps better than the current TV dross dished out on a regular basis. What a pity TV now seems little more than a string of "reality" shows, home improvement or cookery programmes and endless repeats of 70s - 80s sitcoms. What a pity we are no longer treated to drama like this. I agree with other reviewers that this drama assumes a certain level of intelligence of its audience though. It pays attention to detail and storylines are thought provoking. It has strong acting performances from a tight knit cast (including Michael French, Chloe Annette and Sue Johnston), and has clear direction. Like all great Sci-Fi it is clever to preserve enough reality to lead one almost to believe that the whole premise is possible. From first to last episode you see the gradual love interest build between the two leading roles and it ends leaving you to ponder "what if...". What if there had been a second series, would they have got together? Sadly we'll never know. In my opinion the BBC missed a trick here, They grossly underestimated the strength of this series, its following and its potential for further development. So we have to be thankful that we have a (lasting) memory of only the eight episodes that were made. This is a valuable addition to any Sci-Fi collection or great BBC drama followers. Trust me it's 5 star entertainment.
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