Telemystery, your source for one of the most comprehensive listings of crime drama, amateur sleuth, private investigator, mystery and suspense television series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available on or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling three series being released this week.
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Don Hany stars as Zane Malik, a Muslim detective with the Major Crime Squad of the Sydney Metropolitan Police Force in the Australian crime drama East West 101.
He's a good husband and father and a dedicated cop with one main problem on the job: Detective Sergeant Ray Crowley (William McInnes). Crowley's an old school policeman for whom rules and regulations play a poor second to getting results. Malik, Crowley, and the rest of the team work together to solve a variety of cases involving people who represent a cross-section of modern Australia, with the two rival cops invariably butting heads in the process.
East West 101: Season One is available on DVD and consists of episodes that originally aired on SBS One during December 2007 and January 2008.
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Fast paced and brimming with twists and turns, Murder Investigation Team follows the course of a criminal investigation from crime scene through profiling, forensics, and good old-fashioned detective work. The series, which ran for two seasons, is a spin-off of the long-running crime drama The Bill.
Love triangles, family estrangements, greed, and lies lead to a series of wrong turns and dead ends, building the pressure to solve cases while the evidence is still fresh — and, sometimes, before the killer can strike again. Along the way, the investigators struggle to walk the line between professional loyalties and personal interests.
Murder Investigation Team: Season Two is available on DVD and consists of episodes that originally aired on ITV in February 2005.
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Owen McDonnell stars as Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll in the Irish crime drama Single-Handed.
His position as head of the local police force puts Driscoll 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. When two new arrivals come from England, eager to discover family history in the area, Jack learns that the solutions to current crimes frequently lie in the distant past.
Single-Handed: Set Two is available on DVD and consists of episodes that originally aired on RTE in Ireland and ITV in the UK in December 2010. (We're currently watching these episodes and will have a review later this week. We called the first season "superb"; see Mr. E.'s review of Single-Handed: Set 1.)
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