British TV on DVD: Murphy’s Law

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.)

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10 Responses to British TV on DVD: Murphy’s Law

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I thought I recognized him! We finished up Ballykiss, but yes, trauma, trauma, trauma …. It was kind of a relief to be done with it.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look for the series on NetFix.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – As for BallyK, I just couldn’t get over Assumpta – I tried to watch the next season, but didn’t care for the new priest. May give it another try later – after I’ve had time to recover. :)

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    So much great television out there…if you just know where to look, especially BBC shows. I forgot all about this show…and just when I needed another show to watch (rolling eyes) ;).

  3. Chelsea says:

    I caught a few episodes of Murphy’s Law when it aired on a Canadian channel and remember really enjoying it. It’s nice to see that the DVDs are now available in the North American region code and I’ll certainly be picking them up in the future. James Nesbitt is one of my favourite actors and I’m looking forward to seeing him in The Hobbit!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Chelsea – I forgot about that – I meant to mention his Hobbit role in my review!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I can never jump in mid-way to a series either. I’m glad you found the other season or series so you could catch up. Sounds like something I would enjoy watching too.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – it’s hard to keep up with all the good TV out there!

  5. irene says:

    He freaked me out in Jackyl and I don’t know if I could watch another one of his movies. Thanks for your review.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Irene – I’ve never seen Jackyl, but if he’s that freaky, I think I’ll avoid it!