TV on DVD Round-Up: British Murder Cops and American TV Pioneers

Team Britain

Murder Investigation Team: Series One” (Acorn) – This British series, which lasted only two seasons and 12 episodes, plays like British TV’s answer to “Law and Order” and the American police procedural: a crisply-paced, no-nonsense cop show built around the team on the job (no personal dramas getting in the way of them) gathering evidence, following leads, interviewing witnesses and debating theories of the case. Samantha Spiro leads this team as the brusque DI Vivian Friend, with Lindsey Coulson as her top DC and Richard Hope and Michael McKell as key members of her team. This set collects eight episodes on three discs in a box set of three thinpak cases. Creator Paul Marquess and series consultant DCI Jackie Malton offer commentary on the debut episode and there’s a 23-minute interview with actor Michael McKell (DS Trevor Hands).

The Norman Conquests” (Acorn) is the BBC’s 1977 production of a trilogy of comic plays by Alan Ayckbourn set over the same weekend in a country home where the collision of family and friends erupts in comic conflicts. Each play covers the same period of time from a different perspective: “Table Manners” is set in the dining room, “Round and Round the Garden” finds the goings on in the back garden and “Living Together” in the living room.

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