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'Vexed - Series 1'
(Toby Stephens, Lucy Punch, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / (2010) 2012 / Acorn Media)

Overview: He's lazy, disorganized, charming, and more interested in having a good time than solving crimes. She's dedicated, efficient, determined to succeed at her new job, and worried that her marriage might be falling apart. Thrown together as partners on the London police force, the two mismatched detectives solve crimes with more luck than skill!

DVD Verdict: Now, even though I'm British and kinda know most all that comes out of my homeland re: cop dramas and such, 'Vexed' was something that came in under my radar, that's for sure! I personally love gritty British TV shows, and the only "comedic" element that I can usually accept in my shows would be something like the cast of 'New Tricks,' so I went into Series 1 of 'Vexed' wary, in truth.

Anyway, I needn't have worried as this comedy-drama, nay police procedural TV series - created and written by Howard Overman in the UK - is very funny. That is, and please try to understand this, it is chock full of sarcasm! Which means you have to enjoy British humor or this is simply just going to annoy you!

This first season from 2010 stars Lucy Punch ('Doc Martin') as D.I. Kate Bishop and Toby Stephens ('Jane Eyre') as D.I. Jack Armstrong, a detective duo with a - to put it mildly - fractious relationship! Basically, they are SO mismatched that it shouldn't work. And yet, wouldn't you credit it, as detectives they solve crimes each and every week. Well, ok, in all honesty it's with more luck than skill, but the bantering along the way is frickin' hilarious!

Anyway, down to brass tacks here - the first episode (of three) tells the tale of a blond blue-eyed man suspected of the murders of three single women. The HoneyBee loyalty card database seems to be a major link in the case, so (of course) Kate goes undercover! In the second episode, Banker Andrew Bridgley (Kevin Doyle from 'Downton Abbey') is car bombed, but luckily was not inside it at the time! That said, somebody was! With more attempts on his life whilst being treated at a private rehabilitation clinic adding more pressure to the dynamic police duo, Jack and Kate find themselves entering the world of therapy. Oh, and on a side note, the funny problems of Kate and her husband Dan (Rory Kinnear) re: sexual issues is just some lovely light relief!

In the final episode, Gemma G. is a high profile rock star with a high profile band and is now a high profile kidnap victim! With the ransom drop going horribly wrong, the suspicion falls on the band's publicity seeking manager Richard Anderson. And whilst trying to find the girl (and the kidnapper, of course) Kate has some major choices to make about her marriage. Away from all the chases, Jack also faces his own personal issues with a pending groin operation.

Deliciously dark, 'Vexed' is a great show that I simply wish had way more episodes attached to it each season/series. Indeed, now I've done my homework on the show, in the second series Lucy Punch and Rory Kinnear did not return! Lucy's character was replaced by Miranda Raison playing D.I. Georgina Dixon, with Nick Dunning playing her father, a retired policeman with a dubious security business. So, all change basically, which is a shame as Punch was great as the foil to Stephens. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:33.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

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