Mysteries on TV, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling three series that have season DVDs being released this week.
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Edward Woodward (The Equalizer) delivers a powerful performance as a Cold War assassin caught in a tangled web of duty and deception in Callan, a series that originally aired in the UK from 1967 through 1972.
In the long war of nerves between East and West, British agent David Callan has distinguished himself as a valuable asset: a competent killer who understands all the political and psychological angles. But after a stint in Soviet prison, Callan wants out of the game. His coldly calculating superiors, Hunter (William Squire) and Bishop (Geoffrey Chater), have other ideas. Callan soon learns that leaving his profession might be more dangerous than staying in -- and that men like him have as much to fear from friends as from enemies.
The first two seasons of the series have apparently been lost and are unavailable on DVD. In this second set of 4 discs, Callan: Set Two, which includes the final 13 episodes that aired in 1972, this taut series elevates the spy thriller to emotionally charged drama.
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The high suspense spy drama MI-5, which airs as Spooks in the UK, is back with more topical stories of deadly terrorists, undercover operations and double-agents, this time with an added danger: a deepening schism with Russia raising new Cold War tensions.
Having spent the past eight years in a Russian prison, Lucas North (new cast member Richard Armitage) is welcomed back by MI-5 supremo and old friend Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), who was instrumental in finally securing his release.
Lucas is keen to get back to work straight away and, with Section D's current priority operation having a strong Russian connection, he could well prove invaluable. But, after eight years with only a high ranking Russian spymaster for company, can Lucas's loyalty really be taken for granted?
The MI-5 (Spooks): Volume Seven DVD set of 4 discs contain the 8 episodes that originally aired during the fall of 2008 on BBC.
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Semi-retired policeman Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) would rather be cooking than catching criminals in the British drama series Pie in the Sky. Unluckily for him, he happens to be good at both.
His boss, Assistant Chief Constable Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair) doesn’t want to lose him, and his accountant wife Margaret (Maggie Steed) worries his new career as a restaurateur won’t be financially viable. So, while indulging his culinary passions, Crabbe remains on call for those particularly tricky cases that Fisher sends his way. Larger than life as he is, sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough of Crabbe to go around.
(MBN note: We're currently watching episodes of this delightful and entertaining series and will have our review soon!)
The Pie in the Sky: Series 2 DVD set of 3 discs contain the 10 episodes that originally aired on BBC from January through March 1995.
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From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East LA, Southland is a fast-moving drama that will take you inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families.
Michael Cudlitz plays John Cooper a seasoned Los Angeles cop, assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie). Cooper's honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Cudlitz and McKenzie are joined by cast members Regina King who plays Detective Lydia Adams. Adams lives with and is the primary caregiver of her mother. Her partner, Detective Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) is an unhappily married father of three. Michael McGrady plays Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger. Sal oversees fellow gang detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy). Arija Bareikis plays patrol officer Chickie Brown, a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT.
The Southland: Season One DVD set of 2 discs contain the 7 episodes that aired on NBC as a mid-season replacement during the spring of 2009. NBC renewed the series, but in a very unusual move canceled it prior to airing the premiere episode of the second season. TNT subsequently picked up the rights to the entire series. The first season of Southland is currently airing on Tuesdays; the second season will premiere on March 2nd.
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