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directed by Dominic Leclerc and Cilla Ware
UK 2017


In the latest BBC comic drama from Kay Mellor (IN THE CLUB), no sooner does registrar Kate Dickinson (Ashley Jensen, AGATHA RAISIN) get promoted to her dream job of Superintendent Registrar at th Leeds office of Births, Marriages, and Deaths than the complications start to mount. On the home front, her stepson Liam (WATERLOO ROAD's Kaya Moore) moves in after having run away from his mother's and left university over a bad breakup, son Tom (SHAMELESS' Rhys Cadman) is gearing up for a school trip to Paris with unending fees, daughter Lucy (IN THE CLUB's Lily Mae) is tugged between the extremes of adolescence, both begging for a pet dog and making questionalbe friends online, and Kate has decided she wants to finally tie the not with her Detective Sergeant boyfriend (Lucy's father) Rob (Adrian Bower, JUDE) of fourteen years (everyone else having just assumed they were already married). At work, co-worker James (GAME OF THRONES' Mark Stanley) has announced that he will be coming to work from here on dressed as a woman and wants to be called "Jamie", things have been left up in the air with the unresolved sexual tension with handsome co-worker Rick (VERA's Kenny Doughty) after a drunken one-off in the strongroom during the Christmas party, and acting superintendent Judy (INSPECTOR LEWIS' Rebecca Front)- who believes that Kate has stolen her job - is blackmailing her with CCTV video of her and Rick in flagrante delicto. The day-to-day dealings of births, marriages, and deaths both strengthen and question Kate's resolve about commitment and the brevity of life as she bends protocal to marry Simon (James Burrows, EDEN LAKE) and his cancer-stricken fiance whose health has taken a turn for the worse after the stressful delivery of twins (of which only one has survived), battles Judy on her stance on gay marriages, takes Jamie in when his wife throws him out and threatens to move with the kids, trying to discourage Rick's romantic interest in her but becoming concerned about his closeness to a bereaved client (Gracie Kelly), and suspects that the marriage between a young Muslim man (VERA's Noof McEwan) and a pregnant Slovenian teeanger may be a case of human trafficking (possibly related to Rob's murder case of an unidentified young Eastern European woman pulled out of the river). The series ends on a cliffhanger but it is difficult to imagine that a second series will be greenlighted. Jenson is more likable and sympathetic here than in AGATHA RAISIN as a not-always-sympathetic character and Front also ekes out some depth from what could have been a flat Kim Davis-esque villain, but the soapy love triangle "angle" upon which the series hinges is not as compelling as the criminal investigation.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 16 November 2017 - 21 December 2017 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 8:36:54 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 3.63 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 2:52:24):
� - One (16:9; 57:50)
� - Two (16:9; 57:28)
� - Three (16:9; 57:20)

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 2:52:30):
� - Four (16:9; 57:30)
� - Five (16:9; 57:28)
� - Six (16:9; 57:48)
� Behind the Scenes (16:9; 31:30)
� Quick Fire Q&A (16:9; 12:52)
� Stills Photo Gallery (16:9; 1:36)
� Production Photo Gallery (16:9; 0:36)

DVD Release Date: December 26th, 2017

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Acorn spreads the six episodes of the series over two discs, but this is another case where the image looks quite soft but better in motion (some of it may be intentional but the show definitely upscales better on medium-sized HD monitors than larger ones from this DVD source. Extras are a bit more substantial than usual with a half-hour behind the scenes segment as well a shorter Q&A and image galleries.

  - Eric Cotenas


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