Monday, March 29, 2010

Mysteries on TV: Judge John Deed, Lawman, The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, and The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, 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 three series and one collection being released on DVD this week.

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Information on Judge John Deed: Season One

Martin Shaw starred as The Hon. Mr. Justice Sir John Deed, or more simply , in this British series that ran for 6 seasons.

Judge John Deed is an idealist at heart, and his more traditional colleagues regard him as a dangerous and unpredictable maverick. Deed is proof that power does not have to corrupt. Armed with a sharp intellect, rakish charm, keen wit and a passionate belief in justice, he has made it to the top on his own terms. Fearless and independent, he is sworn to serve State and Sovereign and will not allow himself to be influenced by Government lackeys. Even if it means making powerful enemies.

In addition to hearing cases before the court, Deed's personal life is also shown, with Queen's Counsel Jo Mills (Jenny Seagrove) being his primary love interest.

The Judge John Deed: Season One DVD set of 3 discs contains the 5 episodes (including the series pilot) that originally aired in 2001 on BBC.

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Information on Lawman: Season One

His movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is an expert martial artist, with a 7th-degree black belt in akido. He’s considered to be in the same class of action heroes as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris.

But it turns out that Steven Seagal isn’t just an action hero in the movies. For the past 17 years, Seagal has been working as a , a fully-commissioned deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. By day, a camera crew will ride shotgun with Deputy Sheriff Seagal. And the cameras will continue following him at night, as he pursues his many ventures (including energy drinks, songwriting, and animal activism) from a luxury hotel suite in New Orleans.

The Lawman: Season One DVD set of 2 discs contains the 4 episodes that aired during December 2009 on A&E.

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Information on Lord Peter Wimsey: Set One

Dorothy L. Sayers’s alluring, aristocratic sleuth is played to perfection by Ian Carmichael as in these acclaimed BBC adaptations of the classic crime thrillers.

First seen on Masterpiece Theatre, where their success inspired the long running Mystery! series, each full-length drama features vivid characters, sparkling wit, and lavish 1920s settings.

The series also stars Glyn Houston as Bunter, his manservant and partner in crime.

The Lord Peter Wimsey: Set One DVD set of 3 discs contains the two episodes ("Clouds of Witness" and "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club") that aired in 1972.

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Information on Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set Two

Sherlock Holmes wasn’t the only fictional detective in Victorian London. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, other writers of the time created a colorful cast of sleuths: Dr. Thorndyke, Max Carrados, “Klimo,” Lady Molly, Detective Dagobert Trostler, the mysterious Mr. Laxworthy, and more, all collectively known in this series as the .

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set Two DVD set of 4 discs contain thirteen episodes that originally aired during the spring of 1973, including an adaptation of one of our personal favorite short stories of all time, "The Problem of Cell 13", published by Jacques Futrelle in 1905 and featuring Professor Van Dusen, who was also known as The Thinking Machine.

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