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DVD Review: Trial & Retribution: The Third Collection

This third Trial & Retribution box set provides us with three episodes that are each, to differing degrees, flawed, but each engaging in their own way. The first two episodes, despite their shortcomings, ultimately make for solid television, with only the third episode threatening to collapse completely due to its shortcomings. It helps, I suspect, that all three episodes were personally penned by Lynda La Plante. This would change all too soon, with La Plante gradually reallocating these duties to various writers-for-hire, but here at least she seems to have been fully invested in the material, which gives the drama both the polish and the truthfulness that lifts her work above that of many other crime writers.

With the latest series of Trial & Retribution currently airing on ITV1, I take a look at the third volume of the series on DVD, containing three episodes produced between 2005 and 2007. Review at DVD Times.

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: DVD | Reviews | TV



This is as good a place as any to apologise for not digging through Waking the Dead with more rapidity, something that should hopefully be corrected before too long. I've seen the pilot episode and Burn Out so far. You commented on how easy it is to predict the twist in Burn Out, so I'd like to say for the record that I guessed the solution in the first episode, when the suicide note was introduced. And the line that they identified the body merely by the watch and dogtags? That should ring alarm bells with anyone watching. Neither did it really help that the list of suspects was so small.

Other than that, I've liked what I've seen so far. Favourite character is Grace, followed by Frankie. I also loved Boyd's talk with Coleman - 'We're digging up your brother's body. Well, what's left of your brother's body.'

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, January 17, 2009 1:11 PM


No need to apologise. I’m afraid I haven’t even looked at See No Evil yet beyond a brief flick-through. Naturally, I’m very interested in your thoughts on the series, but naturally in your own time. Grace, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned to you before, is my favourite character too, although I do find Boyd fascinating, albeit in a “thank god I don’t have to share a room with him” way.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, January 17, 2009 6:05 PM

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