'Finney - The Series'
(David Morrissey, Melanie Hill, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1994) 2007 / BFS Ent.)
Overview: Having escaped his powerful crime family’s violent world, jazz musician Stephen Finney (David Morrissey - Derailed) returns home when his father is murdered. Determined to open his own jazz club, he tries to turn his back on the family crime business - but his father’s legacy is more entrenched than Finney will admit. Between his sister’s demand for vengeance and his brother’s (Andy Serkis - King Kong) murderous hit on the rival Simpson gang boss, Finney finds himself in the crosshairs of a revenge-fuelled gang war threatening to explode with deadly ferocity.
DVD Verdict: Wow, now this as a powerful 5 hours to sit through ... and well worth my time come the end, let me tell you! When his father, one of Britain's most feared crimelords, is murdered, Stephen Finney (Morrissey) is forced to return home after years from the family business.
So, just who did kill Patrick "Tucker" Finney (Clive Russell)? Well, there are plenty of suspects - from his compulsive gambler and drug addict son Tom (Andrew Serkis) to rival "businessman" Bobo Simpson (John Woodvine). Tucker's eldest son, Steven (or Finney, as everyone calls him) couldn't care less. As a sick joke, his father has left him a derelict cinema in the middle of Simpson territory. Finney decides to turn it into a jazz club, and finally pull his life together. Meanwhile, his older sister Lena (Melanie Hill), who has inherited both Tucker's shady empire and his hard personality, has decided to find out who murdered her father.
Created as gritty British TV series, this brand new box set contains all six episodes in this wonderful three-disc set. The acting levels of David Morrissey are as astute as ever, the power he puts behind his roles creative, purposeful and reality based. Melanie Hill and (as mentioned) the beloved (not to mention very yong and bit curly-haired) Andy Serkis also star in this Tyne Tees Programme, but it really is an ensemble piece for all those concerned. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: