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Waking The Dead : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD]
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Waking the Dead is superior by miles. The characters are all nicely fleshed out and it is refreshing to see the confrontation between the characters. Too many dramas which feature groups of people portray them as all getting along. WTD clearly shows the tension that always arises between groups of people that work closely together for long periods.
The Pilot episode is excellent and laid down many of the aspects that we now see in every episode. The episode "Blind Beggar" was especially good with its little twists and turns. It is true that some of the outcomes can be seen some way off but I don't feel that this distracts from the story or the suspense. After all you can never be certain that you're right.
This box set contains five two hour stories and each one is excellent. Buy it now and get series two asap.
I'm not usually a fan of detective dramas, as they tend to be very similar to each other. However, 'Waking the Dead' is unique. I first started watching in about the fourth series, and was immediately hooked. I am now building them up on DVD so I can watch them when I like!
The series is darker and more unconventional than the average detective drama. Trevor Eve in particular lends a kind of manic realism - far from being overtly childish, as some people have suggested, his character, DCI Boyd, is startlingly real.
All the cast's performances are solid, the scripts well-plotted and tightly controlled, which always leaves you eagerly awaiting the next episode. However, lazy viewers beware - this is not mind-numbing, dull television - if you want to watch it, be prepared to concentrate. If you just want to vegetate, go watch Big Brother.
Eve, a somber, gripping and intense presence, (Heat Of The Sun [DVD] ,) is ably supported by Sue Johnston (The Royle Family - The Complete Collection (2010) [DVD]) as Grace Foley, psychologist/profiler, and they play off each other well. In fact, they play off each other so well that Holly Aird, playing the unit's forensics expert Frankie Wharton, who was originally given second billing behind Eve on the pilot episode, is dropped to third billing when the series proper begins.Read more ›
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The Pilot episode is terrible and after watching it I set this boxset aside to watch when I had nothing else left to watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)