After 20 years with London’s Metropolitan Police, Clare Blake (Amanda Burton, Silent Witness, The Level) has reached the pinnacle of her profession. She is New Scotland Yard’s highest-ranking female officer, the Serious Crime Group Commander, and head of the Murder Review Team. Ambitious and fiercely dedicated to her work, Blake nonetheless blurs the lines between her personal life and her career. Her recklessness brings her under her superior’s intense scrutiny—and even threatens her life. This complete collection of gripping mysteries from award-winning writer Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect) guest stars Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk), Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall), David Patrick O’Hara (The Departed), Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Matt Day (Rake [Australia]), and Greg Wise (The Crown).

commandercompletedvdStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2018
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Run time: 981 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 7 DVD
Region: 1

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.

Amanda Burton is superb as the female head of a homicide bureau, surrounded by male detectives who show a strong anti-feminine bias and who want to get her fired (sacked, canned, terminated, etc.). This female commander is no pushover though. She plays the male game superbly. She is a complex character, complete with faults, and thus utterly realistic. Also she is totally delightful.

Movie Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Interview with star Amanda Burton
  • Character Retrospective with creator Lynda La Plante
  • Supporting Cast Featurette

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

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.
Overall Rating: 8/10