Waking the Dead Season 3 by stdepue

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									“Waking the Dead Season 3”is an entry in the acclaimed British mystery
television series that ran from 2000-2007, when it was axed by the
British Broadcasting Corporation in favor of ‘newer, more innovative
crime dramas.’ It played for some time on BBCAmerica on my side of the
pond. It is a strongly -cast and –written -—by Barbara Machin, a woman,
yay! -- police procedural/crime drama that follows Detective
Superintendent Peter Boyd and his multi-discipline cold-case unit
consisting of scientists and a psychologist as well as detectives at
the Metropolitan Police. The squad utilizes the latest advances in
forensic science, psychological profiling of the unknown criminal
perpetrators and other modern investigative techniques to crack unsolved
murders.

Upon even initial viewing, its differences from similar-sounding
American TV series are great. The cop shop is anything but new and
shiny, and poorly lit compared to American series that all seem to have
been filmed on a sunny Southern California set. The actors aren’t
shiny and new, either. Trevor Eve, (HEAT OF THE SUN) who plays Boyd,
began his career as beefcake, but he’s older now, showing how
thoughtfully he’s aged, but still very watchable. He’s backed, in the
cop shop, by Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley;, Wil Johnson, as DI
Spencer Jordan; Holly Aird as Dr. Frankie Wharton; Claire Goose, as DS
Amelia (Mel) Silver, and Tara Fitgerald (THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL,
HEAR MY SONG) as Dr. Eve Lockhart. All of them are very good actors, and
not one of them is a beautiful young blond. The series also used a
number of excellent older British actors such as Shirley Anne Field
(SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, HEAR MY SONG); Tom Bell(THE L-SHAPED
ROOM), and the late director of offbeat films, Ken Russell (LAIR OF THE
WHITE WORM). The show is violent, intense and suspenseful; plots are
intricate and complex: there’s always something going on. The episodes
are:

Disc 1. “Multistorey, Parts 1 and 2. Did the nerdy Carl McKenzie, who
was arrested red-handed in the car park, really
kill 14 people on the White Water High Street? Including one, Nick
Patterson, a cop friend of Boyd’s, and that with his own gun?
“Walking on Water, Parts 1 and 2.” A young man, a cross-dresser, is
released from prison after serving time for killing his adoptive father.
But did he really? And how does it happen that three women are still
missing from this fishing-oriented family since that murder? I found
this a particularly strong episode years ago, still remembered some of
it; set in the heavily tidal Thames estuary.
Disc 2. “Breaking Glass, Parts 1 and 2.” A particularly complex plot
that gives Boyd a social worker, Miss Poole. To bounce off. Unravels
the history of a juvenile institution that has been closed.
“Final Cut, Parts 1 and 2.” Long-hidden, mummified bodies come to
light. Very complex, and particularly involving, I thought, as it
explores London’s Jamaican community, and the important father/son
relationship of DI Spencer Jordan. Another one I’ve remembered for a
long time.

Solid and workmanlike this series surely is, but it’s much more than
that; it makes for riveting viewing. Too bad about the BBC’s
cancellation.

								
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