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The Chief - The Complete Third Series DVD review

12 April 2011 5:27 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

You don't have to be familiar with the first two series of this early-90s police drama to enjoy the many charms of this, the third. The Chief would subsequently survive a further two seasons and, while five years on ITV is no guarantee of quality, this was warranted if the quality of this instalment is anything to go by.

Anchored by a steely yet likable lead performance from Martin Shaw as Chief Constable of Eastlands police Alan Cade, the show's combustible mix of personal, political, and policing issues -- together with some disarmingly topical themes -- add up to an engrossing six-parter.

The opening two episodes dramatise the changeover from The Chief of the first two series --John Stafford (Tim Piggot-Smith), leaving to investigate shady shenanigans by fellow policemen in London -- to the newly appointed Cade. This gives the uninitiated a welcome crash-course in the programme's set-up and character relationships. »

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