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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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Not credible and uninteresting to watch
9 July 2006 | by MrTroySee all my reviews

Usually I like Amanda Burton's acting, honestly. But accepting this role was a complete mistake.

The Commander in this series does everything a good cop wouldn't do. She garbles evidence and sleeps with suspects. On top of that, she has a huge ego. Now, ordinarily this wouldn't kill a series - it would maybe even be an interesting touch.

The problem, however, is: this is about all the series has to offer. Obviously the title "The Commander" wasn't a misnomer for this one; the commander is all the series is about. No interesting crime or mystery, just this commander being a disgrace for the whole British police. It's not credible that a person like this would ever become a commander and moreover, it's not interesting to watch.

As an alternative title I suggest "The Clare Blake show".


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