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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Vexed - Series 2'
(Toby Stephens, Miranda Raison, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / 2013 / Acorn Media)

Overview: London cop Jack Armstrong (Toby Stephens, 'Jane Eyre') has been assigned a new partner, and he's not happy about it. Worried that "George" will cramp his freewheeling style and tell him how to do his job, Jack is shocked to meet bright, beautiful DI Georgina Dixon (Miranda Raison, 'MI-5') instead!

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 originally 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 with a new cast member to have to get used to, I went into Series 2 of 'Vexed' slightly-less wary; due to having LOVED the first series!

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 still very funny - and the nee edition was better than expected! 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 starred 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! This time though he is paired with a clone, for sure, but a prettier one called DI Georgina "George" Dixon. Basically, they are still 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!

With double the amount of episodes from the first series, episode 1 finds Jack meeting "George" for the first time; whilst they investigate a car salesman corpse found in a car trunk; whilst still on their lot! Included is a funny old school nose blowing skit and a great (throughout) music background. Next up is a murder in the library of a post-genderism major. Inclusive of non-gender specific, possible lesbian issues on campus, they both go undercover at the University. In the third episode, demoted to Missing Persons thanks to Jack, the pair look into a missing attorney found dead. Again they go undercover, this time at a gym. A slowburner of a tale this one, we also get to meet George's con man father!

In the fourth episode, which is a REALLY fun one, a cookery show contestant is found dead. Add to that Jack is wooing a young lady and is using George's cooking practice to woo the lady in question. George goes undercover on the TV show to turn up the heat on a murder suspect. But it's the TV show host Chef Randell (Brian McCardie) who really steals the show! OTT at all times, he is brilliant, if not obvious, sorry! In the fifth episode, the Headmaster of a posh private aspirational school is stabbed by a knitting needle in the neck. So whilst Jack gets close to the knitting circle of female suspects, George's parents' divorcing causes her more diversion than she'd like.

With Jack having been poisoned at the end of the last episode, and George saving him, there truly seems like a moment for them to kiss. But even with that open and on the table it never happens - not even close. Which I appreciate. Anyway, the last episode is about an armed robbery at a jewelers where owner Poynter (the great Phil Davis - `Bleak House') wants no cops involved. But why? With a South African blood diamond ring seemingly at the forefront of what's happening, the detective duo try to figure things out - and themselves too. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:33.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery