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  • Actors: Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker, Michael Byrne, Julian Rhind-Tutt, James Callis
  • Directors: Adrian Shergold, Diarmuid Lawrence, Paul Seed
  • Producers: Ann Tricklebank
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00272F3SI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,333 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After leaving Scotland Yard in mysterious circumstances, Superintendent Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) is sent to Kenya to set up a criminal investigations unit. While investigating the disappearance of a local landowner's wife, Tyburn meets the enigmatic Emma Fitzgerald (Susannah Harker). He soon uncovers examples of murder, blackmail, drug dealing and slavery, and comes to realise that the decadent local colonials are far from innocent.

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...so went the joke at the time of the 'Happy Valley' set in 30's Africa. I have waited a long time for this excellent 3 part series to become available on dvd, and it is worth the wait. Trevor Eve is the former Scotland Yard Superintendent whose dogged pursuit and ultimate shooting of a murdering politician leads to him being 'banished' to the police service in colonial Kenya. A very PC man, clearly light years ahead of his time, Albert Tyburn (Eve) treats the native population and the white settlers with the same sense of fair play and justice, and is soon at loggerheads with his new boss.

The stories are well written and each episode runs to 105 minutes. The quality of the filming and the stunning locations no doubt were the reason that costs prevented any more episodes being made, but each of these stand alone films is so involving they will be watched again and again by the viewer.

Susannah Harker (Pride and Prejudice) is the private pilot Emma Fitzgerald who is on hand to provide transport as well as possible romance for Albert, whilst Julian Rhynd-Tutt (Green Wing) is excellent as the highly-bred crackshot police officer James Valentine, who puts his shooting prowess down to a father with a gambling problem, a large country estate - and the fact that "a chaps got to eat".

I knocked off one star purely because no matter how much the viewer in 2009 might wish to believe it, it is unlikely that such a right thinking man would exist in the 30's Colonial world. Trevor Eve smiles quite a bit during these stories, perhaps thinking the same thing. Watch out for his cricketing skills in the 3rd story - I believe he still holds the record today for the youngest Brit to score a century (at age 15).
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I came across a reference to this series on IMDB - that invaluable site. Went to Amazon and there it was at a very reasonable price. And my wife and I had three very enjoyable evenings. OK - it isn't The Wire but it is well made, interesting plots and sub-plots, engaging characters, and beautiful setting - filmed in Zimbabwe but supposed to be set in Happy Valley, Kenya between the two world wars.

Trevor Eve does a very good Trevor Eve; Joss Acland and others overact most enjoyably. And I fell in love with Susannah Harker all over again - particularly when she had a flying suit on. Would have liked to see a little more of the dark side of colonial Africa but maybe we got as much as an entertainment can provide. Must have cost a bomb to make and maybe that's why it was discontinued after three episodes. Or maybe the audience was not comfortable with the way in which the "Empire" was depicted. Anyway, well worth a punt for a viewer.
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London Police Detective Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve) may have taken justice into his own hands. He tracked down an influential, wealthy member of parliament, a pedophile, in the act of abusing an 11 year old boy. The man taunted Tyburn that he couldn't be touched, and then pulled out a pistol and took a shot. He missed. Tyburn took out his pistol, took careful aim and deliberately killed the man. For his act, Tyburn was told he had two choices. Resign from the police or accept a new position of police superintendent in Nairobi, about as far from London as his superiors could send him.

So in 1931 Tyburn arrives in Kenya to take up his new post. His superior, Police Commissioner Burkitt (Michael Burne), is a red-faced martinet of the old school, dedicated to upholding the empire and not stepping on the toes of "our class." Tyburn quickly finds that Nairobi's upper class is a privileged mix of wealth, condescension, bigotry, drugs, adultery, alcoholism and occasional buggery. Enforcement of the law is designed to keep the lower classes in their place. Tyburn has his work cut out for him.

Heat of the Sun is a well made and well acted series of mysteries which take place in a much different time and setting than we're used to. Trevor Eve plays Tyburn as an experienced cop who is not impressed by the upper classes and doesn't mind pushing things if that's what it takes to find a criminal. Eve is a strong actor and is no pretty boy. He's a bit on the beefy side, and looks like he'd be more comfortable downing a beer than sipping a martini.
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A great production, three extremely exciting and well produced dramas.It also benefits from a first class cast,once again the option for subtitles is welcomed and I feel that this option should be included in the description as it can help customers decide on selection of an item.
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I had a nasty suspicion that this would be not be as good as I remembered it but I was wrong. The African location is stunning and the director's use of it to take us back to the 1930s entirely convincing.

As far as I'm concerned, there's an excellent balance in this brief gem. It doesn't gloss over the excesses and prejudices of the era, but nor does it succumb to the temptation to colour it with our own preoccupations. Albert's aggressive, unpolished, straight batted decency is quite enough to handle that angle.

His superior could have descended into caricature but didn't. Julian Rhind-Tutt and Susannah Harker embue their neatly written characters with a charisma that we can relate to and yet is entirely consistent with the times. The symbiosis between the rough-hewn diamond of a policeman and the quietly-spoken, courageous lady flyer is particularly engaging.

Scenery, adventure, human interest and a little history - it has the lot - get it if you don't already have it.
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