Monday, March 08, 2010

Mysteries on TV: Dalziel and Pascoe, In Plain Sight, Matt Houston, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King, New This Week on DVD

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 one series that has a season DVD being released this week plus the conclusion to a British trilogy.

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Information on Dalziel and Pascoe: Season One

The blunt-talking Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel (Warren Clarke) does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan) joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, the omens don’t look good in the first season of , a British crime drama that aired for 12 seasons from 1996 through 2007.

Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers -- armed with a degree, a caring attitude, and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Pascoe and his feisty fiance Ellie (Susannah Corbett) find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's jibes, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship.

The series is based on characters created by Reginald Hill.

The Dalziel and Pascoe: Season One DVD set of 2 discs contain the three episodes ("A Clubbable Woman", "An Advancement of Learning", and "An Autumn Shroud") that originally aired during March 1996 on BBC.

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Information on In Plain Sight: Season Two

Mary McCormack returns as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal with the highly secretive Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC), in the second season of the suspenseful and quirky hit series .

For Mary, living a double life and getting shot at on a regular basis are all in day’s work. So are teaming up with her trusted partner, Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller), to protect Federal Witnesses who relocate to Albuquerque, New Mexico and juggling a complicated personal life. Gripping and refreshing, In Plain Sight co-stars Lesley Ann Warren (Desperate Housewives), Paul Ben-Victor (The Wire) and Nichole Hiltz (Bones)

The In Plain Sight: Season Two DVD set of 3 discs contain the 15 episodes that originally aired on USA Network from April through August, 2009. Bonus features on the DVD set include a gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Information on Matt Houston: Season One

A fabulously wealthy Texan moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises, but spends most of his time dabbling as a private investigator solving crimes involving his friends in Los Angeles, in , an entertaining if somewhat lightweight crime drama that aired on ABC for three seasons from 1982 through 1985.

Lee Horsley starred as the titular character, who lives in a penthouse and flies his own helicopter or drives his custom Excalibur to and from his investigations. Naturally, he is always surrounded by beautiful women, including his Harvard-educated lawyer and frequent investigative partner C. J. (played by Pamela Hensley).

The Matt Houston: Season One DVD set of 6 discs contain the 23 episodes that originally aired from September 1982 through April 1983.

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Information on Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Season One

Goodbye, PTA ... hello, foreign intrigue! Single mom Amanda King (Kate Jackson) leads a quiet suburban life in Washington DC until the day a stranger shoves a package in her hands with instructions to give it to the man in the red hat in , a light-hearted crime drama that ran for 4 seasons from 1983 through 1987 and CBS.

In no time, Amanda is dodging bullets, foiling assassination plots – and finding herself drawn to the dashing young man, agent Lee Stetson (Bruce Boxleitner), aka Scarecrow, Of course, Scarecrow has no interest in a ditsy amateur spy, no matter how pretty. But she certainly is handy in a crisis!

The Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Season One DVD set of 5 discs contain the 21 episodes that originally aired from October 1983 through May 1984.

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