The Commander

Clare Blake is New Scotland Yard's highest-ranking woman officer. Icy-cool, ambitious but reckless, she lets her personal life bleed into her career, defying convention and risking her reputation. Amanda Burton stars as the female cop who crosses the line in four taut police dramas from Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante. "Classic, classy La Plante"—The Times (UK).

Clare Blake is New Scotland Yard's highest-ranking woman officer. Icy-cool, ambitious but reckless, she lets her personal life bleed into her career, defying convention and risking her reputation. Amanda Burton stars as the female cop who crosses the line in four taut police dramas from Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante. "Classic, classy La Plante"—The Times (UK). Set 1 includes 4 mysteries; approx. 9 ½ hours on 4 DVDs. For mature audiences.

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Disc 1
Episode 1: Entrapment
Newly promoted, Commander Clare Blake vows no cover-ups. At the same time, DCI Hedges conceals evidence of his involvement in the police shooting of an unarmed civilian, Lionel Cripps. Blake looks into the Cripps matter but is soon distracted by the handsome James Lampton. A convicted murderer just out of prison, where Blake put him 12 years ago, Lampton persuades her that he’s rehabilitated and charms her into an affair. Then a young nurse is found strangled with her own bra—Lampton’s MO. While Blake stews in hot water, Hedges couldn’t be happier: if Lampton goes down, so does Blake.

Disc 2
Episode 2: Virus
Commander Blake is in trouble. Her relationship with convicted killer James Lampton made the tabloids, and her supervisors are not amused. Her sister has cancer and has moved into her flat. She’s being stalked by a schizophrenic woman with an axe to grind and a sharp pair of scissors in her pocket. To top it all off, a murderous hacker breaks into hospital computers and alters medical records with fatal consequences. As patients keep dying, one family demands compensation—or is it blackmail?

Disc 3
Episode 3: Blackdog
Patient and persistent, Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Blackton has earned his nickname, "Blackdog." On the orders of the police brass, he begins investigating the Cripps shooting and the Lampton affair. Both Blake and Hedges feel the squeeze. Suffering from panic attacks and grieving the death of a family member, Blake reluctantly agrees to show a united front with Hedges. With Blackton closing in on the evidence he needs to end her career, can she recover her nerves of steel in time to prevent him?

Disc 4
Episode 4: Blacklight
A young woman disappears from a nightclub, and a mental patient escapes from a hospital. Hours later, the two are found together covered in her blood. She’s been stabbed to death, and his fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. It seems like a cut and dried case except for a few details: the girl is Commander Blake’s goddaughter, and the patient could not have killed her. When rumpled Dutch detective Van Hauten arrives with details of similar murders in Amsterdam, DCI Hedges brushes him off. But the killing doesn’t stop.
"Classic, classy La Plante"—The Times (UK)

"Compelling thriller"—The Times (UK)

"Tight, spare script and stellar cast"—The Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

"Intricately plotted, gripping and potently acted"—The Seattle Times

"Better than anything on American primetime at the moment"—Film.com

"It will only leave you wanting more!"—Elnsiders

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Disc 1

The Devil You Know: Part 1

When the perfectly preserved body of a two-year-old girl is found at an abandoned mental hospital, Blake and DCI James pursue two former patients. Eric Thornton is a schizophrenic, John Littlewood a violent drug user.

 

The Devil You Know: Part 2

Clare clashes with the drug squad, which is running a parallel investigation into Eric Thornton’s employer. The child’s death remains a mystery, and Clare is accused of having blood on her hands.

 

Fraudster: Part 1

When self-made millionaire Donald Griffith is found dead in his swimming pool, it seems like justice. Turns out, he was a complete fraud—cheating on his wife with two women, duping his clients out of millions of pounds. Assistant Commissioner Branton asks Clare to look into the case.

 

Disc 2

Fraudster: Part 2

Clare learns that Griffith’s wife and mistresses all stand to benefit if his death was not a suicide. At a crucial moment, Clare’s old friend appears and offers to lend a hand. Of course, he has ulterior motives.

 

Windows of the Soul: Part 1

After a popular priest is stabbed 29 times in his church, Clare interrupts her holiday to investigate the murder. The troubled neighborhood was the scene of deadly riots five years earlier, and tensions still run high between the residents and the police.

 

Windows of the Soul: Part 2

A vicious attack puts a police officer in the hospital. Clare learns that there’s more to the story than DCI Doug James has told her so far: the death of an innocent bystander during the riots, and allegations of abuse against the priest.

 

Disc 3

Abduction: Part 1

Clare is assigned to investigate the bludgeoning death of an elderly woman as quickly and quietly as possible. The prime suspect is DS Brian Hall, a former member of her murder team. DCI Doug James refuses to accept that his old colleague is a murderer, and he has other things on his mind: his wife, Zoe, is about to give birth.

 

Abduction: Part 2

Did Brian kill his own mother in an alcoholic haze? Who stole Doug and Zoe’s baby? Clare feels the heat of two high-profile cases with personal connections. Brian remembers nothing of the night his mother was murdered—until an attack in prison jars his memory.

 

Abduction: Part 3

Brian believes that someone else was in the room with him when he found his mother’s body. Doug fears that he will never see his son again. Clare commits a sudden, impetuous act that puts her career in grave jeopardy.

• Text introduction by Lynda La Plante

• Amanda Burton biography and filmography

• Lynda La Plante biography

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 411 minutes

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 3

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR

“Great crime series” —NPR’sWeekend Edition

 

“Intricately plotted, gripping and potently acted” —The Seattle Times

 

“Murder, lies, loyalty and romance” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Great Service

5 Stars

Dave Kulas - My wife lived in England for 2 years from MN on 10/15/2012 12:00:00 AM wrote:

We have watched the 1st disk, 2 more to go. We love the Series ...

4 Stars

from IN on 10/2/2012 11:34:04 AM wrote:

LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF "COMMANDER" WERE OFFENSIVE, NOT RELEVANT TO THE STORIES. STORIES WERE GOOD AS WAS THE ACTING.

The Commander Set 1 & Set 2

5 Stars

Winefred from WY on 8/1/2012 10:03:00 AM wrote:

Different from American TV mysteries. The settings and characters give the viewer a sense of being in U.K., almost as if you are on a trip and traveling abroad. Plus it is neat watching a bright woman solve the puzzle of the mystery. Supporting case great, too.

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Disc 1
Episode 1:Entrapment
Newly promoted, Commander Clare Blake vows no cover-ups. At the same time, DCI Hedges conceals evidence of his involvement in the police shooting of an unarmed civilian, Lionel Cripps. Blake looks into the Cripps matter but is soon distracted by the handsome James Lampton. A convicted murderer just out of prison, where Blake put him 12 years ago, Lampton persuades her that he’s rehabilitated and charms her into an affair. Then a young nurse is found strangled with her own bra—Lampton’s MO. While Blake stews in hot water, Hedges couldn’t be happier: if Lampton goes down, so does Blake.

Disc 2
Episode 2:Virus
Commander Blake is in trouble. Her relationship with convicted killer James Lampton made the tabloids, and her supervisors are not amused. Her sister has cancer and has moved into her flat. She’s being stalked by a schizophrenic woman with an axe to grind and a sharp pair of scissors in her pocket. To top it all off, a murderous hacker breaks into hospital computers and alters medical records with fatal consequences. As patients keep dying, one family demands compensation—or is it blackmail?

Disc 3
Episode 3:Blackdog
Patient and persistent, Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Blackton has earned his nickname, "Blackdog." On the orders of the police brass, he begins investigating the Cripps shooting and the Lampton affair. Both Blake and Hedges feel the squeeze. Suffering from panic attacks and grieving the death of a family member, Blake reluctantly agrees to show a united front with Hedges. With Blackton closing in on the evidence he needs to end her career, can she recover her nerves of steel in time to prevent him?

Disc 4
Episode 4:Blacklight
A young woman disappears from a nightclub, and a mental patient escapes from a hospital. Hours later, the two are found together covered in her blood. She’s been stabbed to death, and his fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. It seems like a cut and dried case except for a few details: the girl is Commander Blake’s goddaughter, and the patient could not have killed her. When rumpled Dutch detective Van Hauten arrives with details of similar murders in Amsterdam, DCI Hedges brushes him off. But the killing doesn’t stop.
  • Interview with star Amanda Burton
  • Character retrospective with creator Lynda La Plante
  • Supporting cast featurette
  • Biography of Amanda Burton
  • Biography of Lynda La Plante
Packaging: Boxed Set
Run Time: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Format: WIdescreen
Number of discs: 4
Language: English
Subtitles: N/A
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: No
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: N/A
"Classic, classy La Plante"—The Times(UK)

"Compelling thriller"—The Times(UK)

"Tight, spare script and stellar cast"—The Sunday Telegraph(Australia)

"Intricately plotted, gripping and potently acted"—The Seattle Times

"Better than anything on American primetime at the moment"—Film.com

"It will only leave you wanting more!"—Elnsiders

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2 Stars

Rachid from SD on 6/19/2013 4:58:00 AM wrote:

Pleasing to find soemone who can think like that

The Commander, Set 1

1 Star

Dennis Higerd from NM on 5/16/2013 7:52:00 PM wrote:

No episode 1. 2 episodes #4. Returned for replacement. Notified item on back order. 2406164 Invoice Number: 2770975

4 Stars

from on 4/2/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

The main story line goes a little long. Would like to see each story wrapped up in a few hours. Otherwise love them. Still not done, however.

the commander

3 Stars

from on 9/18/2012 3:48:00 PM wrote:

very slow moving