5.0 out of 5 stars Product of Topnotch Writers and Directors; Intense, Riveting Viewing, October 13, 2012 By Stephanie DePue (Carolina Beach, NC USA) - See all my reviews (VINE VOICE) (TOP 1000 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) This review is from: Waking the Dead: The Complete Season Four (DVD) "Waking the Dead Season 4"is a superb entry in the acclaimed British mystery television series that ran from 2000-2007, when, sadly, it was axed by the BBC in favor of `newer, more innovative crime dramas.' It played for some time on BBCAmerica on my side of the pond, where I made its acquaintance. It is strongly -cast and -written ---by Barbara Machin, a woman, yay! It's a police procedural/crime drama that follows Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd and his cold-case unit, consisting of scientists and a psychologist, as well as detectives, at the London 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 new and shiny, either. Trevor Eve, ( Heat of the Sun Boxed Set (Private Lives / Hide in Plain Sight / The Sport of Kings)) who plays Boyd, began his career as beefcake. But he's older now, and showing how thoughtfully he's aged. 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; and Claire Goose, as DS Amelia (Mel) Silver. All of them very good actors, and not one of them a beautiful young blond. The production also uses a number of excellent older British actors; in this series, notably older Celtic actors. It is violent, intense and suspenseful; plots are intricate and complex: there's always something going on. The episodes are: Disc 1. "In Sight of the Lord," Parts 1 and 2. World War II misdeeds of a squad of out of control soldiers are punished unto the present day. Features Michael Byrne. "False Flag," Parts 1 and 2. A 20-year old case centering on a young Anglo-Irish terrorist. Or was he? Features Timothy West and Frances de la Tour. Disc 2. "Fugue States," Parts 1 and 2. Centers on adoption issues. Cindy and Jason Murphy were abducted as five-year olds and never found. What's become of them? Features Sean McGinley. "Anger Management," Parts 1 and 2. Boyd is ordered into psychotherapy for his anger management problems. The squad investigates a purported suicide. Features T.P. McKenna. Disc 3. "The Hardest Word," Parts 1 and 2. A look back at child abuse, and a killer who carves "Sorry," into the backs of his victims while they are still alive. Features Julian Glover and Phyllida Law. "Shadow Play," Parts 1 and 2. A mysterious "shepherd" is pushing unstable, religiously- oriented young women into murder. Reaches a conclusion that shocks the cop shop, and will shock viewers as well. Solid and workmanlike this series surely is, but it's much more than that; under Machin's executive producership, it is the product of topnotch writers and directors, and makes for intense, riveting viewing. Whatever was the BBC thinking?