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The Commander (2003)

Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. Some years previously she ... See full summary »

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Michael Whyte

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Lynda La Plante
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Burton ... Commander Clare Blake
Matthew Marsh ... DCI Mike Hedges
Nicholas Jones ... DCS Les Branton
Martin Walsh Martin Walsh ... Graham Warner
David Calder ... George Hart
Robert Wilfort ... DI Jeff Dunn
Terence Hillyer Terence Hillyer ... Eddie Myers
Gillian Goodman Gillian Goodman ... Gina Moore
Anna Farnworth Anna Farnworth ... Maddie Engel
Hugh Bonneville ... James Lampton
Clint Dyer ... Murray Dickson
Jake Abraham Jake Abraham ... Tony Farmer
Paul Brightwell Paul Brightwell ... DS Brian Hall
Poppy Miller ... DC Carol Browning
Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell ... Herself
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Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. Some years previously she arrested James Lampton for murder. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison but is now out on parole and is a successful author with a best-selling book. Blake's colleagues however, especially DCI Mike Hedges, believe Lampton is responsible for another murder and are out to prove his guilt. Things become complicated when Blake and Lampton become intimate and the question arises whether he is being honest with her or is simply a master manipulator. Written by garykmcd

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one really bad turn
3 March 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Commander Clare Blake (Amanda Burton) is the head of the serious crimes unit in the New Scotland Yard. In 1989, she arrested James Lampton (Hugh Bonneville) for murdering his girlfriend. He is supposed to be reformed and gets paroled. She allows her forward to be printed in his best-selling book with the proceeds going to victim support. DCI Mike Hedges investigates a murder and arrests Lampton. Hedges do not get along with Blake. Meanwhile, there is a cover-up of a police shooting unbeknown to Blake. Surveillance footage is edited. Also the movie follows another criminal on the loose.

I like the idea of a female commander in a male-dominated world. Blake doesn't have the gravitas of a hard-nosed investigator that somebody in her position should have. There is one really bad turn which devalues a lot of the early work and only adds to the questionable Blake character. I have big problems with her relationship to Lampton. Also, I don't particularly like the ending. This is a solid police crime drama for two thirds and then I have problems.


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