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In The Heat Of The Sun [DVD]
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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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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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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I enjoyed this excellent og probably by modern standards slightly oldfashioned drama series. Still it is pleasant to watch Trevor Eve as the strongminded policeman, who Will not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Helle Dorrit Sorensen
It was quite good but not the one concerning Kenya I have been looking for. Many years ago about 1941 when I was just a young primary school boy I saw a film which featured a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patrick Howard