Black Work

Black Work

DVD - 2015
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Jo Gillespie is a policewoman whose detective husband is killed in the line of duty while working undercover on a case. Her coworkers expect her to stay out of the investigation, but when alarming information about her husband comes to light, Jo loses faith in her police family and sets out to find the killer herself. Along the way she learns of the many dark secrets surrounding her husband, his colleagues, and the criminals they were investigating.
Publisher: [Bethesda, MD] : Acorn Media, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD BLACK W
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 141 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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hecto
Aug 14, 2017

Starts well with a nice plot twist but then deteriorates into one improbable scene after another. Veterans Douglas Henshall and Geraldine James deliver, but Sheridan Smith (the central figure) is, at best, an acquired taste. Not up to the usual BBC / ITV standard.

multcolib_susannel Apr 02, 2017

When policewoman Jo Gillespie's husband is found murdered, she is told that for the last three years he has been part of a secret undercover operation.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2016

Enjoyed this police woman story though, at the end, just another "end justifies the means" thriller. What made this film stood out was its intriguing mystery that nothin' was what it seemed. Since it was improbable to fool a smart cop wife for such a prolonged period as one of the character did, knocked off a star.

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ritrak
Jun 15, 2016

We enjoyed this 3 part series - each episode about one hour. Quite satisfactory, if not outstanding. Several of the prior comments remark about Ms. Smith's pageboy haircut, which didn't bother me - it's not that unlikely for a uniformed police woman who is married and has children. What I thought improbable (in the present era) was the heavy makeup worn by her and the lady chief of police.

d2013 Jun 07, 2016

I've seen better but still an OK crime show. Sheridan Smith's was great in her role!

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Annieoywong
May 30, 2016

At the beginning I did not like Sheridan Smith's haircut, it was too short . As I continued I began to like the interesting plot and the suspects of the murder. Pretty good!

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BritCrimeDramaFan
May 02, 2016

O.K., Sheridan Smith's haircut is distracting, but once you get over that, there is an interesting crime drama here. Plenty of suspects in the murder of an undercover policeman, and I have to admit, I thought I had this one figured out. But plot twists and fine performances kept me focused till the big reveal at the end.

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glyndwr73
Mar 27, 2016

Hair style no doubt dictated by smith's previous role as cancer patient.

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trotter73
Mar 03, 2016

I agree with the previous comment. I kept looking at her haircut and asking myself "Why?"

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KatherineHere
Feb 01, 2016

Interesting plot here, a lot of twists and turns, in this typical depressing British fare, but I was distracted throughout by the leading lady's severe haircut.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2016

-I understand you, sir, I do. If people don't trust the police force - MY police force - then they lose faith
in the law and justice.
---Well, that's what I'm saying. We used to trust the bobby on the beat - not any more.
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We're trying to build a picture of someone whose job it was to keep his activities a secret.
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My boy wasn't killed crossing the road, Jo. He died doing his job and I want people to know!
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There's nothing...nothing to be said...no words for the loss of a friend...a husband, a son, a father. And we don't imagine when we say goodbye to someone one morning... that they might never come back. At least, normal people don't. But we know... that we are not in a normal line of work. We hold a line between the world we all want and the world as it is. ...
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-And what if he'd hurt you badly, where would the kids be then? That's who you should be thinking about.
---I am. I'm trying to understand this for all of us.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2016

Just don't make the same mistake I did. I hated you for years. But you didn't take him from me. He left me. So blame XXYYZZ. Not the other woman. Whoever she is.
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... he had to disappear. It's the only way to survive. You have to be who they want you to be. Someone they can trust. It's black work, Jo. If you want a nice, easy life, you're better off pounding the pavements as a PC.
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Police officers aren't allowed to follow their own agenda. They're not allowed to make up their own minds.
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Kids from broken homes, disaffected. Two years from now, it's them that are gonna be holding up corner shops or killing each other in the streets. How many kids' lives do you think I've saved by putting guys like that where they belong?

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