Judge David Johnson's partner in crime is in his pants.
Our review of Partners In Crime, published May 24th, 2000, is also available.
Agatha Christie's lively detective duo is a PBS Mystery! favorite.
The fine souls at Acorn Media are the masters of bringing over intriguing British relics. Their latest effort once again appeals to my mother.
Hey, I'm not trying to be a dismissive a-hole here. Just speaking the truth. While I've seen plenty of engaging Acorn stuff, regardless of your demographic, it certainly feels like the majority of the studio's releases appeal to a specific viewing audience that enjoys watching TV while sitting in a bed with their glasses perched precariously upon the end of their noses.
Partners in Crime fits this definition perfectly. The series tells the story of a husband and wife detective agency in the 1920s, and the batch of mysteries these two indulge in. Apparently, Britain in the '20s was an extraordinarily violent place.
Tommy (James Warwick) and Tuppence (Francesca Annis) Beresford are the partners in crime, though, in reality, they're working hard at fighting crime. But "Partners in Crimefighting" sounds lame.
Actually, now that I think about it, that sounds pretty cool.
Together, they've kickstarted a private detective agency, which allegedly isn't very busy (their young assistant constantly gripes about this), but wouldn't you know they're always managing to get embroiled in big-ass mysteries involving murderers, thieves and my favorite, forgers. Sometimes they'll get assignments from the local constable, other times clients will seek them out. What is ironclad: they will get to the bottom of the malfeasance.
Let's take a closer look at our heroes:
This set contains eleven stores, including the feature-length kick-off film that develops the characters and their romance. Individual mysteries clock in at about 50 minutes and are of the slow burn type. Lots of dialogue, lots of static sets, and more than few opportunities for you to crack the case yourself. Partners in Crime won't blaze through your DVD player with swift pacing, but that's not the point. Kick off your shoes, sip your Arnold Palmer and get to case-cracking mom!
Not Guilty. I nodded off repeatedly, but this ain't in my wheelhouse.
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