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Second Sight -- In this mystery thriller series created by award-winning writer Paula Milne, dynamic and successful Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (Clive Owen) is investigating the brutal murder of a 19-year-old youth. Ambitious Detective Inspector Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner) is seconded to Tanner’s team to assist with the case. During the inquiry, Tanner discovers that he is losing his sight.


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A hard-working detective tries to disguise the fact that he's going blind, while working on a challenging murder case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Clive Owen ... DCI Ross Tanner

Claire Skinner ... DI Catherine Tully

Stuart Wilson ... Adam Bendrix / Jack Kenworthy

Phoebe Nicholls ... Judith Bendrix
Selina Boyack ... DC Holt
Stephen Critchlow ... Police psychologist
Rebecca Egan ... Marilyn Tanner

Ben Smith ... Sam Tanner (as Benjamin Smith)
Louise Atkins ... Tracy Villiers
Donald Douglas ... Dr. Peters
Jonell Elliott ... Lisa
David Fahm ... DS Mayfield

Eddie Marsan ... Liam Morrison / Gardener

James Greene ... Dr. Goddard, Ophtalmic Surgeon
Glyn Grimstead ... Crime scene manager

Frank Harper ... DS Finch
Simon Harrison ... Dr. Glover
James Hillier ... Richie
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... DS Pewsey
Diane Howse ... 4th reporter
Sharon McKevitt ... 1st reporter
Alexander Morton ... DS Julian
Tom Mullion ... Matthew Bendrix
Robert Murray ... DC Marchant
Ian Redford ... DI Skinner

Sam Redford ... Tim
Paul Ryan ... 2nd reporter
Freddie Stuart ... 3rd reporter
Rosie Thomson ... Peters' secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Erskine ... James (as Daniel Kobby Erskine)

Tom Felton ... Thomas
Harry Taylor ... DCI Taylor (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Beeson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paula Milne 

Produced by
Peter Ansorge .... executive producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer
Laura Julian .... line producer
David Lascelles .... producer
Claudia Milne .... executive producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Lunn 
Cinematography by
Rex Maidment 
Film Editing by
David Blackmore 
Casting by
Joyce Gallie 
Sally Osoba 
Production Design by
Charles Garrad 
Art Direction by
Steve Clark 
Costume Design by
Fotini Dimou  (as Fotini Dumou)
Makeup Department
Pat Hay .... makeup artist
Stephen Rose .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gary Pickering .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... first assistant director
Mark J. Ingram .... second assistant director (as Mark Ingram)
Lance Roehrig .... third assistant director
Art Department
Dominic Byles .... stand-by props
Ricky Chandler .... assistant art director
Colin Ellis .... dressing props
Dougie Lankston .... props
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by propman
Allen J. Polley .... property master (as Allan Polley)
Mark Rimmell .... property buyer
Sound Department
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Graham Headicar .... sound designer
Graham Headicar .... sound editor
Andy Kennedy .... dialogue editor
Marc Lawes .... sound effects editor
George Richards .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Alexander Gunn .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
Tony Lawrence .... digital effects
Tony Lawrence .... special visual effects
Ben Murray .... special visual effects
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Fontaine .... best boy
Adam Gillham .... focus puller
Stewart Hadley .... gaffer
Tom Maslen .... grip
Roger Pearce .... camera operator
Robert Shacklady .... daily focus puller
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Mellin .... costume assistant
Zoe Porter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Josh Cunliffe .... assistant editor
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
Transportation Department
Guy Bostock .... vehicle coordinator
Harry Taylor .... driver: Stuart Wilson
Terry Wilde .... driver
Other crew
Jon Bound .... police consultant
Julie Brown .... script supervisor
Bob Cooling .... consultant: ophtalmology
Cathie Davey .... publicist
Kevin Freemantle .... production accountant
Pat Garrett .... choreographer
Lynn Kirwin .... media consultant
Nigel Marchant .... production coordinator
Jeremy Page .... script editor
Becky Shaw .... assistant to producer
Emma Short .... assistant accountant

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169 min | Germany:165 min (2 parts)

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Must See British Crime Series, 8 November 2008
Author: Neil Turner from Annapolis, Maryland

If you are a favorite of British crime dramas, the Second Sight series are a "must see." They star Clive Owen who has become more well-known to US audiences from his roles in the exciting and thoughtful science fiction shocker Children of Men and in the action mystery Inside Man which I found to be thoroughly entertaining. Owen, at first, appears to be very rough hewn, but he has the ability to express a tough vulnerability (an oxymoron?) that makes him perfect for the role of DCI Ross Tanner in the Second Sight series.

Tanner is not a very likable man. He's a drunk, a womanizer, a neglectful father, and a tough boss, but he is very good at his job - thus he is the head of a police unit that investigates high-profile crimes - mostly homicides. Tanner begins to have some problems with his vision and finds that he has contracted a rare disease known as acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR). The symptoms are blurred vision, blind spots, and flashes of light. In many cases, full vision returns after a period of time. Tanner - being the introspective, shut off man that he is - decides to hide his condition with the hope that his normal vision will return.

The flashes of light are used to dramatic effect in the series by taking on flashes of images that appear to Tanner which often help him to solve the crimes. This technique is overdone, but it serves to give us insight into the mind of this brilliant detective.

The first series concerns just one crime which is the complex tale of the murder of a young man. In this first series, Tanner accepts the help of a female detective in his unit who perceives the vision problem. He and the detective also have a sexual relationship. It is through this relationship and his strained relationship with his son that we get some insight into the more human side of the man.

In the first episode of the second series, Tanner's relationship with his paramour comes to an end. The second series comprises three different crimes and also offers us a further look into the human side of Tanner. All three are neatly tied together by Tanner's developing condition, and each crime offers exposes different aspects of the British personality and society. Especially notable in Kingdom of the Blind is a chilling performance by veteran actor, Peter Vaughan who his more often seen in lighter roles.

British television drama has a special way of portraying the women and men of the police forces who must deal with the criminal element. Second Sight certainly ranks near the top of those dramas.

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