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18 months on from the pilot
redleatherbook from England
3 August 2004
Rose and Maloney returned with a series following their continued work
with the fictional Criminal Justice Review Agency. The CJRA works like
so: someone who believes a miscarriage of justice has occurred may
write to the Agency and request a review. The Agency studies the
evidence via its caseworkers then decides if it needs further
investigation. Consequently, someone who has been wrongly accused of a
crime and imprisoned for it, may be freed. Real agencies who do similar
work do exist.
The two central characters are Rose and Maloney who met two years ago
in the pilot when Rose was disgraced and sent to work with
administrative manager Maloney on a time management study - but soon
Rose was dragging Maloney into an old case which she solved with his
Rose Linden(Sarah Lancashire) is an inspired, feisty but chaotic
investigator/case manager - she's difficult, frequently gets into
trouble at work for doing what she wants to do, is single and has one
night stands, diabetic, untidy to the point of being a health hazard,
drinks and smokes like a chimney. But at work she is utterly committed
and passionately believes in finding out the truth.
Maloney(the excellent Phil Davis), two years on, has become a
probationary case worker in Rose's care. He is everything she's not -
tidy, calculating, analytical, good-natured, thoughtful, considerate
and keen to do things by the book. In short, an anti-hero.
The pair have an uneasy relationship. At times Maloney wants to let her
take the blame for her own actions, but he also clearly adores her even
though she drives him nuts and is deeply loyal to her(much to the
jealous disbelief of his colleague Joyce who has a romantic interest in
him). Rose has a soft spot for Maloney, does appear to care about him
but being the loner, doesn't let him too close.
The main draw of this series is the spiky, often funny interaction
between Rose and Maloney who are complete opposites but an engaging
double act. Much of this is due to the excellent performances of the
two experienced and talented actors, who are so good they could make
the patchiest dialogue sound interesting.
This enjoyable series is in 6 parts, covering three cases: Daniel
Berrington, Katie Phelan and George Parris. All the stories are
believable(aside from elements of Daniel's) and cleverly constructed in
such a way that it's not easy to work out who the real culprit is.
All-in-all a lot of fun and worthy of a second series.
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