It may not be Foyle's War, or even DCI Banks or George Gently but it was very well done, good plots. It seems that we Americans cannot accept television with actors who look like average people but can act, instead of beauty queens parading around the tube for 40 minutes (with 20 minutes of commercials) half undressed. I thought it was very entertaining and of course the scenery is great---not like watching our t.v. with scenes of New York city and ugly buildings
I loved this series. I found Vera believable and it was a change to see someone who is not attractive but has a brain as the lead. I saw these some time ago so can't comment on plot weaknesses or the other characters, but I just recall I really felt connected with Vera and felt terribly sorry for her inarticulate grief.
A one-woman show featuring a sixty-something lead, forty pounds overweight with an apparent cardiac condition. (And I didn’t see it coming!) Thinly spread, barely believable plots and clumsy scripts. Not particularly believable lead detective, middle-aged Vera, suffers from over-eating, the scenery and over emoting. (And, by the way, age and frumpiness are NOT synonimous; just look at Jane Fonda!) Stories range in quality from barely believable to unwatchable. They are dreary, dreary as the English Midlands with their vanished industries and bleak moorlands. Women are principally the victims, of course, and immigrants. When the men aren't knocking the tar out of helpless orphan girls, they're backshooting kindly Sikh taxi drivers. And Vera goes through life shouting at her staff, banging at the table while interrogating suspects, gasping for air… It's a pure dramatic prop without reality. The rest of the cast are hardly memorable and some of the minor characters are played by actors who are barely adequate. Except for one handsome young Detective and one bright, pretty Black female Detective, the rest are actually nobodies. Their names aren't used and they have little identity. And who decided that all the characters should speak with the same horrendous accent? “Me” child… Really? What happened with “my” child?
I'm really enjoying these, can't wait to get the next one
Tense, well-written, good characters, plenty of tension between characters.
I was disappointed in this DVD set. Brenda Blethyn is a very good actress, but she is miscast as DCI Vera Stanhope. Her character has low energy and Blethyn herself seems as though she was not particularly interested in the action. The plots are thin and slow-paced which is a killer for a mystery. I really didn't care much who did the crime and my attention kept wandering. Set in Northumberland, England, the rugged scenery was interesting, but that's not enough to recommend it.
Brenda Blethyn is terrific as Vera Stanhope and these are great adaptations of the Anne Cleeves novels.
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