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'Single-Handed, Set 2'
(Owen McDonnell, Ian McElhinney, et al / 3-Disc / Not Rated / (2008) 2012 / Acorn Media)

Overview: His position as local Garda sergeant puts Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell, Wild Decembers) at the heart of his community—and often at odds with it. Relationships are everything in his small Irish town, where Jack's professional life is inextricably bound with his private life and those of his neighbors.

DVD Verdict: It's been a long time coming, but the second set of this Irish police drama is a delight to behold. Complete with scenic panoramic sea views, filmed in the Tully Cross and Connemara, it is arguably still a cop show - although I would say it's more a slow-paced drama with a tinge of police work thrown in! The set comes in three features, the first being 'The Lost Boys.' In it, a young couple come from England (Matthew McNulty, Lark Rise to Candleford and Simone Lahbib, Wire in the Blood). He wants to find out if Jack's mother is his Aunt, amongst other things. The other half of the feature is the death of an oold man and a youth that is being wrongly blamed. Into the episode a real twist comes before a seriously wraught ending! The best thing about this entire freature is the brilliant acting of Stephen Rea (Crying Game). In 'Between Two Fires,' a house burns down and someone is trapped inside. Whether it's an insurance claim re: arson, Finbarr is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard, and Jack is falling in love with Gemma (Simone Lahbib). When the arsonist is revealed it is never who you could have wildly even guessed, it's that well done.

In the third and final feature, 'A Cold Heaven,' a young 17 year-old girl is caught up in a local prostition racket and at the same time, Jack gets deeper into his sexual relationship with Gemma. Finbarr is deeper and deeper into debt with the landlord, and ex-Garda of a local pub, and everyone seems to be turning on Jack for his fact digging in the town. Then, as the feature comes to an end, Jack gets suspended from his job over punching the ex-boyfriend of Gemma. All in all, and given all that was happening, the series ends very quietly, in truth. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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