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Law & Order, British Style: Great Crime and Courtroom TV

Cadfael
Cadfael (DVD - 2001-2003? ) DVD 791.4572 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Derek Jacobi plays Brother Cadfael, a 12th century Benedictine monk with a talent for detection as well as humanity. Based on the novels by Ellis Peters.

Foyle's War
Foyle's War [Set 1], The German Woman (DVD - 2003 ) DVD TV F and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Michael Kitchen plays Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle in this World War II era series. Attention to period detail and storylines inspired by real events and situations make this crime drama stand out. Created by Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series.

Annotation:There are seven series of Foyle's War, which begins in May 1940, before the war has officially begun, and ends in August 1945, several months after the end of the war in Europe.

Garrow's Law
Garrow's Law Series 1 (DVD - 2010 ) DVD TV G and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:18th century barrister William Garrow is credited with introducing the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" to our legal system. This period courtroom drama is inspired by the life and career of the legal pioneer.

George Gently
George Gently Series 1 (DVD - 2008 ) DVD TV G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Martin Shaw plays old-school Inspector George Gently in this procedural set in northern England in the 1960s. Based on the Inspector Gently books by Alan Hunter.

Annotation:Series 1 - 4 are available on DVD as of 07/31/12

Law & Order UK
Law & Order UK Season One (DVD - 2010 ) DVD TV L and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6

Annotation:The Brits borrow from American TV for a change with this UK version of everyone's favorite crime and courtroom drama combined. They've changed the music, but otherwise the format for this show is the same as for its New York counterpart. The police arrest the murder suspect and the prosecutors (robed and bewigged, of course) try to convict.

Life on Mars
Life on Mars Series 1 (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV L and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:A suspenseful cop drama with an existential sci-fi twist. In the wake of a car accident, 21st century police detective Sam Tyler, played by John Simm, wakes up in 1970s Manchester. Is he dead, crazy, in a coma? Has he really traveled back in time? Philip Glenister plays Gene Hunt, Sam's 1970s era boss, who takes a more brutal approach to police work.

Life on Mars
Life on Mars Series 2 (DVD - 2009 ) DVD TV L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The series conclusion offers a startling ending...

Luther
Luther [Season One] (DVD - 2010 ) DVD MOVIE L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Analytical and intuitive, Detective Inspector John Luther, played by Idris Elba, is a brilliant detective who becomes obsessed by the dark crimes he investigates, often to the detriment of his personal life.

Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect 1-6 (DVD - 2003-2007? ) DVD TV P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Follow the career of Jane Tennison, played by Helen Mirren, a dedicated and ambitious police detective who rises through the ranks, solving brutal crimes while battling sexism on the force as well as her own demons.

Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect The Final Act (DVD - 2007 ) DVD TV P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Tennison solves one last difficult case before retiring.

Rumpole of the Bailey
Rumpole of the Bailey The Complete Series (DVD - 2006 ) DVD TV R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"The quality of mercy is not strained" is one of legendary defense counsel Horace Rumpole's favorite quotes when persuading a jury. Leo McKern plays the colorful, claret-swilling, cheroot-smoking "Old Bailey hack" in this long-running series based on the books by John Mortimer.

Sherlock
Sherlock Season One (DVD - 2010 ) DVD TV S and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:Benedict Cumberbatch plays a Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century in this clever update with Martin Freeman playing Doctor John Watson. How did the original Holmes ever manage without a cellphone?

Sherlock
Sherlock Season 2 (DVD - 2012 ) DVD TV S and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 53
Wire in the Blood
Wire in the Blood The Complete First Season (DVD - 2005 ) DVD TV W All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:Clinical psychologist Tony Hill, played by Robson Green, is brilliant when it comes to insights into the criminal mind but less adept at interpersonal communications in the wider world. He uses his expertise to assist the police in the fictional northern town of Bradfield in catching serial killers. These often gruesome mysteries are based on the books by Val MCDermid.

Annotation:Seasons 1 - 6.

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A selection of British crime and courtroom dramas featuring memorable characters and performances as well as clever and suspenseful plots. The many wonderful adaptations of the works of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers and other classic crime writers are not included on this list, but you will find lots of them in the NYPL catalog.


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