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on 8 October 2016
loved series 2, but disappointed tim pigott-smith left, he was the one and only chief and even though i love martin shaw, pigott-smith left really big shoes to be filled. i'm enjoying the rest of the series but it's not the same without pigott-smith.
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on 20 July 2017
Good series but doesn't quite match the promise of the first.
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on 9 June 2017
Preferred to the following series which were frankly boring.
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on 12 May 2017
quick repliy
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on 16 November 2009
This police drama series, which deals with the more political aspects of police work, goes from strength to strength in its second series. Tim Pigott-Smith once again gives a superb portrayal as a Chief Constable whose attempts to make the land a safer and fairer place are constantly bringing him into conflict with superiors, red tape and even his own subordinates. Episodes in this series include animal rights terrorists, a boy kidnapped by an ex-mental patient (a brilliantly unnerving performance from Roger Lloyd Pack), a housing estate where a police officer is killed by teenaged thugs and a case of pollution caused by toxic waste dumping. Gripping, solid drama.
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on 26 January 2010
I was an avid fan of the The Chief when it was first shown by Anglia Television back in the early 1990's. I still have video tapes of the series, and have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the DVD collection, and will view each episode consecutively when I have them all. The series takes a look at a different aspect of the police service - The Role of a Chief Constable, well-acted by Tim Piggott-Smith and later by Martin Shaw, both of whom were well casted for the role of the Chief Constable of a fictitious police force known as Eastlands. Having come from a police background, and having worked at a similar level in the Metropolitan Police, I can relate to the constant tug of politics between the Chief Constable's Office, the Home Office, Local Police Authority and the community. The series deals very well with the way The Chief Constable and his closest advisors deal with the day-to-day running of a suburban police force, including the trials and tribulations in the domestic lives of his most senior colleagues. This is a first class police drama series, which was obviously well researched and advised by ex-Chief Constable John Anderton. Unlike the Bill and many of the current police dramas, this series looks at the top of tree, and anyone remotely interested in politics in the workplace will enjoy viewing it. 5 Stars right out of the box from series 1.
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on 5 August 2010
An excellent series that was extremely well researched and equally well produced. Tim Piggott-Smith and Martin Shaw were superb, as was Karen Archer. The DVD release is long overdue ! One of the best police drama series ever created in my opinion. Have bought series 1&2 and am awaiting the release of the rest.
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on 22 November 2016
This series is really worth a watch,....it asks many questions that were talked about 25 years before the awful reality of 80s and 90s politics and its outcome....have come to pass...the open borders....care in the community.......lack of.....drugs....and...mad cows....the global playing around with the food chain.....and the health of those ..who live too long....how dare they.....yes and did I mention the police and law and order????....the chief is top quality....Tim pigott smith and karen archer are great alongside all the goodies and baddies.......though it gets harder year by year to know who is who.
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on 2 March 2011
Following his suspension at the close of series 1, Chief Constable John Stafford has to deal with more issues at the top of the tree including a new head of his Police Authority and domestic issues in his Assistant Chief's life.

Forging ahead like the first series, this show never fails to deliver and even 20 years on is a realistic and poignant window onto a world that was falling from the old ways and descending the slippery slope into the beaureacratic mess that is law enforcement in the UK.

The episode with the sniper is one of the best and makes it quite clear that English cops only fire as a last resort and with the utmost reluctance.

Although some of the show is unrealistic (the Chief on a stakeout or the Chief being a sniper's wingman) this is simple poetic licence and adds flavour to a show that wishes to illustrate that THIS Chief is hands on and has his scruples and moral compass pointed the right way.

Network have finally announced plans to release series 3 with Martin Shaw taking over the Chief's epaulettes, albeit with Piggot-Smith still in the chair for the first 3 episodes. Time will tell (April 2011 to be exact) if he does a good job in this series, as reviews so far have painted him as the "Chic Chief", given the role only to appeal to the lady viewers.

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on 31 August 2010
This was a brilliant series when it was on the tv in the 90's. It's nice to have a permanent remainder of how brilliant it is that I can watch over and over again. Can't wait for series 3 to 6 to come out.
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