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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Shaun Parkes (The Mummy Returns, Casanova, Doctor Who, Blue/Orange) plays Moses Jones in his first leading role for television. The story begins when a wave of violence hits London following the discovery of the bizarrely mutilated body of a man in the Thames. First appearances suggest a witchcraft killing. But the dark reality is more complicated - and even more frightening. Assigned to the case is young, hopeful DS Dan Twentyman (Matt Smith) and his senior partner DI Moses Jones (Shaun Parkes), seconded from Scotland Yard due to cultural links with the local community. But, confronted by a wall of silence, Jones and Twentyman become increasingly confused as they grapple with the various complexities. All roads lead to the Afrigo Club, where kingpin band leader Solomon (Eamonn Walker) plays with his band. As the search deepens, the violence escalates and the investigation grinds to a halt. But one name crops up again and again - a mysterious godfather figure rumored to have both terror links and supernatural powers. Forced to ask himself tough questions about his own sanity and cultural identity, Moses Jones embarks on a frightening quest to track down his man and redeem himself before the community implodes... and the killer strikes again. ...Moses Jones
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However these do not destroy the overall enjoyment but rather are just annoying.
The plot has a black detective being assigned to a case of ritual murder inside the African community in London. His bosses feel it needs someone with an African background and so Jones is sent to investigate alongside his somewhat racist sidekick. The plot revolves around a former dictator trying to re-establish himself and using force to gain some power among the African expats.
There are one or two stereotypes and the wheels come off a little with the far fetched ending but Shaun Parkes is convincing and very watchable in his role as the detective whose talents are less important to his bosses than his family background. He is tired of the continual barrage of institutionalized bigotry but remains calm and manages to rise above it with some wit and charm. Matt Smith is a great sidekick with his clueless and ham fisted way of dealing with people given some relief by his humour.
There are some good plot twists and solid support acting.
While not the BBC's greatest effort this is very watchable and it's quiet appearance is a little surprising given the rarity of a strong black lead in a police drama,( or any drama really ), set inside a black community. That Parke's role has been so well written is a refreshing change from the near exclusive sidelining of black actors to either comedy, support roles or the 'disposable one' in disaster plots.
Not the strongest of starts then but strong enough and certainly an opener to raise hopes of more to come and the introduction of a series that will improve and gather a larger following as it progresses.
Parkes makes a charming lead with his powerful central performance that holds together a diverse cast that includes an insipid performance from Smith (the new Doctor Who), Walker, Varma, Akuwudike, newcomers Mosaku and Abili, and veteran Waterman.
Episode one layers on the intrigue as Parkes and Smith become uneasy bedfellows as they commence their investigation and make their first contacts with the charming Walker, the gorgeous Mosaku and the menacing Abili who seems to stand above it all. You're a sick man, Moses Jones.
Episode two sets Parkes and Smith at each others throats as the frustration builds until Mosaku and Varma point them in the direction of the slimy Waterman and subsequently pay for their indiscretion. Even bad guys need music.
Episode three builds up to an explosive conclusion as Parkes and Mosaku become close, Abili goes over the edge, and all reveal more personal links to the case the previously suspected. We need armed backup, now!
The creators use the gritty back alleys of immigrant London as the setting for a dark and violent drama series with nauseating scenes of violence that are not for the feint of heart that dissects it's main character with all the subtlety of Soloman's baseball bat and comes to a confused and somewhat rushed conclusion.
To make peace, first you must make war.
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Interesting police drama in a part of London not often seen on television.Well acted drama with Shaun Parkes,Matt Smith and Denis Waterman.Published 7 months ago by Big Peanut
quite a gutsy tale, with some twists and turns in the story. Some of the violence seemed unncessary, but v atmospheric overall.Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by Craig Pruess
I was impressed with the 3hrs of Great Entertainment. Some say that's longish but to shorten it down would have been criminal. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2011 by Angel Silver
This tv series shows life amongst african immigrants that we never expeience ourselves and so is well worth seeing. Read morePublished on 15 July 2010 by Mr. M. Hinstridge
Great drama , shows a under belly of London not seen before. Looks fantastic with brilliant actingPublished on 13 Jun. 2010 by Mr. O. J. Loncraine