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Paul Abbott's 1997 creation, he and Russell T. Davies responsible for Season 1's taut scripts.

OSC is an armed rapid response unit dealing with serial crimes. DI Dave Creegan heads the team on the ground - he literally back from the dead, scar on forehead showing where a bullet entered. As usual, Robson Green makes the most of a grim, demanding role. Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Adam Kotz play his main colleagues. The series is not a whodunnit, killers' identities rarely in doubt. Focus is more on those investigating, how they cope with so much horror. Evil cannot be touched without contamination. How long before each unravels? None of them will emerge unscathed.

Necessarily unsettling and dark (literally so, many interior scenes needing more lights). Ian McDiarmid and Tony Curran particularly disturb as two of the serial killers - unrepentant and taunting, truly chilling performances.

An uneven series. Season 1 strong. Season 2 wavering (twice officers unconvincingly falling for people involved in cases -outcome of such relationships predictable). Season 3 seems simply tagged on (but has its moments).

Ground has been prepared for "Wire in the Blood" two or so years later - Robson Green there impressive in another uncompromising role which offers more scope.

The boxed set contains the three seasons, a total of eight cases divided into fifty minute two-parters. No extras.

Recommended for those who prefer viewing that challenges. (Of additional interest are early sightings of faces destined to become familiar - one of them James Hooton, he the future Sam Dingle of "Emmerdale".)
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on 25 July 2012
Touching Evil is a police drama starring Robson Green and Nicola Walker. The first/second episodes of series 1 and 3 are the stand out thrillers that you would expect from a psychological drama.

The characters are the interesting feature of the series, their actual police skills are incompetent. Too many times DCI Creegan (Robson) will divulge his personal life to a victim who actually turns out to be the perpetrator. He was often the victim in several of the episodes. It just didn't sit true. Nicola Walker (DCI Taylor) is the broodier of the two and much more consistent with a psychological thriller, I enjoyed her performance much more.

However the series is enjoyable and there are 8 different stories placed into 16 episodes. The DVD is value for money and if you can ignore the sometimes impressive flaws in the series it is worth a watch.
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on 2 January 2017
Great drama, well written and acted and very gripping. You feel like you're involved in every episode. Shame this didn't carry on past the 3rd season.
Well worth every penny.
Just buy it, you won't regret it! But reme5this is an older programme so NO HD !
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on 28 May 2017
Absolutely love this series but the quality of the discs is absolutely appalling. Sound quality shocking, picture grainy and in some places indecipherable. Really, really disappointing. Okay so you get what you pay for, at least I can just about follow the story but if you're thinking of going for this save yourselves the bother
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on 21 July 2015
Robson Green plays an intense and interesting character, and the supporting cast is great in this 3-series detective drama. In addition, the story lines are well-scripted but not for the faint of heart. Another fine effort from our British cousins, this one dating back to the 1990s, I believe.
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on 1 June 2012
If you like psychological thrillers this DVD is probably for you. The characters are believable and the clever story-lines hold suspense, fear, anger and despair. Written in such a way as you know who the murderer is from quite early on the story-lines hold the viewer with the sense of dark and evil within the murderer.
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on 23 February 2015
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on 3 December 2015
Gritty and fabulous Robson at his best
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 February 2009
Robson Green is DI Dave Creegan with Nicola Walker as sidekick DI Susan Taylor in the newly formed Organised Serial Crime Unit (OSC). I put my hands up - I wasn't a Robson Green fan until this. It is well acted, well written, well directed, filmed and edited.

Series 1 consisted of 3 (double episode) films - the first concerns the kidnapping of 3 little boys; the second, an angel of death; the third, a group of desparate teens lured into murder and multilation by an internet game.

Series 2 consists of 3 films - the first is about a killer who has an obsession for women with undyed hair and his follower; the second is about a man suffering from PTSD who decides that killing is the solution to all his problems (this stereotyping of war veterans as being deranged is something that I strongly object to); and the third brings back the father of a victim from a previous case who holds Creegan responsible for his daughters death and goes after revenge by terrorising his family while the team investigates a child smuggling and paedophilia group.

Series 3 consists of 2 films - the first one is about the release of a prisoner who was wrongfully convicted after Creegan "got him to confess" and the search for the real killer - the working class area is depicted as grey and depressive and the local cops as thick and dirty; and the second and final film they are searching for an arsonist who is burning people alive for revenge.

There were 3 series in total and the boxset covers them all.

I have to say that this series reminds me a lot of the "Wire in the Blood" series which was based on the books of Val McDermid - Wire in the Blood: Series 1 and 2 (5 Disc Box Set) [2002] - Wire In The Blood - The Complete Third And Fourth Series [2005] - Wire In The Blood Series 5 [2007], however, this series came before the "Wire in the Blood" series.

There are no extras, but there are English subtitles.
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on 8 June 2016
The behavior of the police, especially the main character is ludicrous. They are all nervous nellies who naively believe that every serial killer is still a valuable human being with a right to be treated as such, an attitude that puts the police and innocent people in danger. A sadistic serial killer will be approach as if he or she is a poor lost soul and deserving of redemption to be achieve by an incredible amount of psychobabble. This attitude is found in other U.K. crime series. Detective often don't carry guns or as in this series when they do they can't bring themselves to use them to protect themselves or some poor innocent soul. Perhaps I wouldn't feel this way if the murders were not so graphically presented. After watching this show I had enough of inept police dealing with moral monsters. My satisfaction comes from watching the evil people pay for their crimes. In most cases, they are captured and sent off to spend a few years in prison.
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