Maverick Irish cop Tommy Murphy has nothing to lose. Guilt-ridden over the death of his young daughter, who was slain by the IRA, he flees to London to work undercover for the Metropolitan Police. James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) shines in a role created especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman.
I agreed to review a season of Murphy’s Law on DVD, thinking it was season 1. (Or Series 1, technically, since this is a BBC series.) What I was sent is Series 3. And just like I refuse to read series books out of order, I didn’t want to watch this series out of order either. I finally negotiated a spot in our Netflix queue to get the first DVD of Series 1 and I watched the pilot this afternoon – and I’m hooked. I will definitely be watching the rest of the series (there are 5 seasons), but I didn’t want to wait until then to review the series as a whole.
James Nesbitt, the actor who plays undercover copy Thomas Murphy, was familiar to me from Ballykissangel, a BBC series which I loved. (Up until the end of Series 3, which traumatized me so much I haven’t been able to watch any more yet.) He is perfect in Murphy’s Law as an undercover copy with nothing to lose. His daughter died, he has no other family, and therefore throws himself into his undercover work, often taking chances and being reckless in order to make his arrest.
Nesbitt is cocky and determined and has a dry sense of humor. There were a few lighthearted moments that made me chuckle, but for the most part, this is a gritty and dark show. From what I’ve read on Wikipedia, the first two seasons contain episodes that each involve one case. For each of seasons 3 through 5, the episodes follow one case from beginning to end. If you are a fan of police procedurals and /or BBC series, this is one you won’t want to miss. You can purchase series 1 through 3 from Acorn Media or on Amazon.
(I was sent a review copy of season 3 of Murphy’s Law from Acorn Media.)