When Lester Nyman reaches the top of a local mountain after a gruelling ride and suffers a massive coronary it doesn't seem suspicious. But when Gina reveals his toxicology showed astronomical levels...
Sydney homicide detective Eve Winter (Rebecca Gibney) solves tough, high profile cases with cool intelligence, fighting bureaucracts, criminals and plenty of advances - unwanted and wanted - to catch her prey.
A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside ... See full summary »
Benson Jack Anthony
The series focused on various murders in the fictional suburban English town of Middleford. The crimes are solved by two female police detectives, Inspector Kate Ashurst and Sergeant Emma Scribbins, aka "Ash and Scribbs".
Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd, is good at his job but bad at making labor relations, when it comes to the city of "Brokenwood" to solve a crime falls in love with him and decides to stay, but soon Shepherd begins to collide with Kristin detective Sims.Written by
I enjoyed the first season of Brokenwood. No, it does not have big name actors, a big budget, heavy sex and swearing but it keeps your interest and is entertaining.
If you want all the hype, hoopla and jabberwocky of US based shows this is not for you.
I agree that some of the acting in the first episode was below par but it picked up in future episodes.
Some of it is hokey and there is also quite a bit of subtle humour from DI Mike Shepherd which can easily pass by the viewer. No, he is not suave, sophisticated and debonair but I like the character.
The episodes are up and down so you must be a patient viewer. In season 1 I enjoyed 2 of the 4 episodes. The first and last episodes in my opinion were below par.
I also liked the quirky country music in the background. It is a bit different from the norm.
I watched it on DVD so I could use the captions to help understand some of the kiwi accent (eg the "chicks" in the mail).
Try it out and see if you like the show. Don't try to compare it to some of the pommie shows just take it on its own merits.
POSTSCRIPT I am now into the third season of this series and each season is better than its predecessor. I have now upped my rating of the show to a 8.25 from a 7. The only real criticism I have about season 3 is the new background music they used. It is not as good as the music in the first two seasons.
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