Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series details
|Starring:||Joe Don Baker, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Bob Peck|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series - First Darkness
|15 Disc 1|
Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series - Second Darkness
|15 Disc 2|
|Run time:||5 hours 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 May 2003|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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UnmissableBy Andrew Shore from Southsea, England , 13 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Hugely enjoyable political thriller that is as relevant today as it was in the 1980s - if not more so, given the nuclear ambitions of the current US government (it's interesting to note that there's a film version of this currently at the planning stage [I believe]). Great performance by the late (and great) Bob Peck, ably supported by a fantastic cast.
Sadness perhaps at the realisation that the BBC don't appear capable of producing drama of this quality anymore.
All in all - completely and utterly unmissable!
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Still ahead of the restBy RedRobin (4 reviews) , 06 May 2011Edge of Darkness has to be a candidate for 'Best political thriller TV series' ever. It moves at a steady pace and maintains tension. Really classy performances and an equally classy theme tune.
Only the technology and road traffic appear dated now - see those quiet roads in central London and weep!
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Classy BBC thriller.By MAXIMILIAN (190 reviews) from BURNHAM , 21 Apr 2011Having seen the MEL GIBSON thriller EDGE OF DARKNESS, in the cinema, I wanted to see the original BBC version. The TV version of EDGE OF DARKNESS is a very classy piece of BBC drama. The late BOB PECK is absolutely superb as the grieving father, Craven, a man who is not out for revenge for his daughter's murder, but as a man who wants answers. Edge Of Darkness is a very clever potboiler of a thriller with an almost labyrinthine sub-plot involving a nuclear power station, plutonium, government cover-ups, conspiracy, murder and intrigue. It helps that I have always liked the late BOB PECK as an actor. I know him from SLIPSTREAM (1989) and the small role he had as a game warden in JURASSIC PARK (1992). Here you cannot take your eyes off him, Peck is the glue that holds the whole plot together. Also very good is American actor JOE DON BAKER as Darius Jedburg, an overbearing Texan who helps Craven in the story. The rather clandestine characters of Pendleton and Harcourt are brilliantly played, JOANNE WHALLEY-KILMER is effective as the ghost of Craven's murdered daughter. The script, by the late Troy Kennedy Martin is very clever, the score by the late MICHAEL KAMEN, with ERIC CLAPTON is pretty much the same tune throughout, with slight variations, but on the whole, very good. EDGE OF DARKNESS has very assured direction by MARTIN CAMPBELL (who would later go on to direct the Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and the brilliant Bond revamp CASINO ROYALE (2006). The one advantage that the TV series has over the MEL GIBSON remake is that this is a 6 hour long TV series, so it is very detailed and engaging, whereas the Mel Gibson film had to compress the same story into a 2 hour movie - so as a result story detail is lost. The only criticisms I have of EDGE OF DARKNESS is that (as a mid-Eighties production), it does now feel a bit dated, everybody using big phones and using old fashioned computers to find information. Also, the extras on the disc are old BBC archive, Pebble Mill an Breakfast Time, and as such, they are full of the BBC praising it's own material.
Awesome seriesBy Timmyturtle (27 reviews) from Bromsgrove , 17 Mar 2011Simply one of the best dramas ever commissioned.
It may look a little dated now but it's as relevant now as it ever was.
It's genuinely thrilling, yet packs a huge emotional punch throughout.
A magnificent series that has been often imitated but never bettered.
A must see.
Classic conspiracy thrillerBy Electricvic (88 reviews) from London , 03 Feb 2011When Inspector Ronnie Craven's daughter Emma is shot dead on his doorstep, the main suspect is one of the criminals he has put behind bars in the past, and the motive revenge.
But it gradually becomes clear to Craven (Bob Peck) that Emma's eco-activism had led her into much more dangerous areas than she had let on. In her bedroom, he finds a folder about an organisation called Gaia, a geiger counter, and a gun.
Stranger still, the ghost of Emma (Joanne Whalley) starts appearing to him, giving him clues as he starts his own investigation into her killing - even though his superiors are keen for him to believe he was the gunman's target and not activist Emma.
Things start getting really interesting when first the British secret services and then the garrolous CIA man Darius Jedberg (Joe Don Baker) start to get involved.
Having missed this the first time around (in 1983) and seeing this has just been re-made into a film, I thought I should finally catch up with this.
I wasn't disappointed and we devoured both discs in two evenings. There are some decidedly creaky bits - the pace is at times terribly slow and the Eric Clapton/Michael Kamen soundtrack deeply irritating (and why doesn't Emma just tell him exactly what happened instead of dropping enigmatic hints?) - but it's a great yarn by Troy Kennedy Martin. He shows his Z-Cars/Sweeney past in the whisky-drinking, tough-guy coppers but created a complex and ingenious tale of cover ups in high places which stands up remarkably well even though these days we are more terrified of islamofascists than nuclear oblivion.
The late Bob Peck does his best with a featureless part but Baker is the star of the show, closely followed for me by Charles Gray's spook, Pendleton.
A ClassicBy Nekitsune (7 reviews) from East Sussex , 13 Jan 2011After watching this series to its entirety I was left with the question of why such quality of television is so rare now, the storyline of this series is deep and filled with subtle meaning and emotion, The Main character (Ronnie Craven) is beautifully portrayed in this dark and Obfuse story and from beginning to end I felt genuinely close to him and I grew to know him intimately as you can only do when you see people at their best and worst in their private thoughts and in their public lives.
While Darius Jedberg drew out a whole host of different feelings in me and while I felt that the character was equally rich and lavish he always made ways to see unlikable which i expect is the point.
Having recently watched the 2010 remake of the same name I must honestly say that modern entertainment while steeped in lavish action and lots of explosions have significantly lost the plot when it comes to script and character empathy, and while it seems that the story itself has remained more or less the same all the meaning and feeling has been drained away from the Original which I expect will remain a Classic for many decades to come, while the Remake will likely fade into obscurity.
All in all if you want to watch a riveting, emotional, meaningful story then rent the original, if however you want two hours of barely perceptible human interaction and sleep inducing boredom then I would recomend banging your head against a wall.