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"one of the most outstanding television dramas of
Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series
Detective Inspector Craven watches helplessly as his
daughter is gunned down on her way home from college. His quest for
revenge takes him to the heart of the nuclear state...
Groundbreaking environmental-espionage shocker Edge of
Darkness (1985) begins routinely enough but then ratchets the suspense
to levels that would have turned Hitchcock green with envy. Emma Craven
(Joanne Whalley in her first starring role) is a young environmental
activist killed in mysterious circumstances. Emma's father Ron Craven (Bob
Peck) will not be silenced and, as a police
detective, is uniquely positioned to pursue his own unofficial
investigation. He moves from grief to a determination to find the truth,
all the while advised and comforted by Emma, but is she a ghost or a
manifestation of his haunted psyche? Craven digs deeper, uncovering
labyrinthine conspiracy in the nuclear industry and, as the body-count
rises, encounters the garrulous CIA agent Darius Jedburgh (a superb Joe
Don Baker) with a mysterious agenda of his own. Accompanied by a haunting
musical score by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton, Edge of Darkness
builds on the legacy of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to become
potentially the best television thriller
On the DVD: A two-disc
set with the original six episodes complete and unedited. The picture and sound has been improved, too,
though the 4:3 image still suffers from the graininess of having been shot
on 16 mm film and the sound is still unspectacular mono. The main extra is
an excellent new 35-minute documentary, "Magnox: the Secrets of Edge of
Darkness", with input from producer Michael Wearing, writer Troy
Kennedy-Martin, composer Michael Kamen, stars John Woodvine, Charles Kay
and Ian McNeice and archive footage with Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker.
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