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Creator Paul Abbott (Shameless) delivers a police procedural with a difference. Set in a crumbling cop shop on the wrong side of Manchester, the darkly comic series follows a group of tough but big-hearted officers, led by the highly capable but unquestionably unhinged DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan). Deering and her crack team often resort to unconventional methods in order to keep these streets clear of pimps, petty thieves—and killers. 8 episodes, 6 ½ hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH.
After a harrowing experience, DC Dinah Kowalska learns she's on the shortlist for a promotion from her no-nonsense boss, DI Vivienne Deering. Later, Dinah connects a body at the morgue to a series of murdered girls with Down's syndrome.
Dinah invites Cathy, the girl she saved, to stay at her house, but their arrangement causes trouble for the investigation. After watching a teenager overdose, Viv and her team trace a bad batch of drugs to a wealthy couple.
The squad crashes the wedding of a neo-Nazi to charge him with a firebombing that killed a Pakistani woman. When the suspect claims to have an alibi, Dinah and her colleague DS Joy Freers believe the arson may not have been a hate crime.
Dinah attends to a man who walked out in front of a car to commit suicide, but the case becomes more complicated when the police inform the next of kin. Viv's team desperately searches for a missing girl, concerned she may be the serial killer's next victim.
Police respond to a stabbing and discover that the victim has a secret identity. Having connected the serial killer to an online dating site, Forensics Officer Miller poses as a teenage girl to lure the culprit, while Dinah tries to mend her broken relationship with Cathy.
As Viv frantically chases down Cathy's attacker, the squad makes a startling realization. When the pursuit doesn't go as planned, Viv's team stumbles upon a seriously injured young man. Meanwhile, Dinah has doubts about the serial killer investigation.
Viv and Dinah suspect the killer may have received inside information from someone in the police. While Dinah searches for the mole, Viv investigates the shooting death of a surgeon who was killed while jogging.
Viv struggles with the identity of Cathy's rapist, while Dinah urges her to make an arrest. To add to Viv's stress, one of her subordinates is threatened with a manslaughter charge after he fails to save a man's wife and baby.
|Run Time:||6 1/2 hours|
|Number of Discs:||3|
|Cast:||Elaine Cassidy, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, And Colin Salmon|
|Editorial Reviews:||"Hilarious and fabulous"—The Guardian (UK)
"Pacy and provocative"—Irish Independent
"Clever…original, and…glorious"—The Times (UK)