Monday, January 07, 2008

Mysteries on TV: Lovejoy, MI-5, Tropical Heat, and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Mysteries on TV

Four new DVD sets of mystery and suspense television series are being released this week.

Lovejoy: Season 2

Ian McShane starred as an antiques dealer and part-time detective in , a series produced by the BBC that comprised 69 episodes over 6 seasons.

The second season consisted of 11 episodes (including a 2-part concluding episode) that aired from January through March 1991. Also included on this 3 disc set are two interviews with McShane, one conducted specifically for this DVD release and a second from a 1991 talk show.

MI-% (Spooks): Volume 5

Another series from the UK, one that remains in production today, is Spooks which is titled in the US. The series has a large ensemble cast (which changes on a regular basis) that portray agents of the British intelligence agency who are responsible for protecting national security.

The fifth volume in this series is being released on 5 discs and consists of 10 episodes that aired on BBC from September through November 2006.

Tropical Heat: The Complete Series

aired on CBS as part of an experiment to add series television following the late night talk shows ("Crimetime after "Primetime"). The series starred Rob Stewart as Nick Slaughter who moves to south Florida to start a detective agency. Carolyn Dunn starred as local travel agent Sylvie Gerard who becomes his partner.

CBS aired 66 episodes over 3 seasons from April 1991 through October 1993, all of which are included on this 9 disc complete series DVD set.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Series 1 and 2

Though best known for her (of which many of the mysteries were filmed as made-for-television movies), also wrote two books featuring Cordelia Gray, a woman who inherits a detective agency from her partner. ITV1 adapted these books into the series starring Helex Baxendale as Cordelia Gray.

Series 1 and 2 consisted of 2 3-part movies that aired in 1997 and 1998 and are included on this 4 disc set.

Visit the Mysteries on TV website to discover more currently available on DVD.

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