Awesome, Fantastic, Compulsive
In the terrifying world of serial killers and crime scene detectives, "Wire in the Blood" is different to the point of being special.
This series does not sell itself on the glamour of it's settings, it's victims nor it's heroes. On the contrary we are transported to a dirty British industrial town where very unpleasant criminals and intellectually challenged police officers fight it out in derelict buildings and rat infested cellars. Bradfield is to serial killers what Sunnydale is to vampires, but Robson Green is no Buffy.
This unlikely hero is a dysfunctional academic suffering from dyspraxia, with some wonderful eccentric touches (note how he arrives at top level conferences with his papers in blue plastic carrier bags)
This psychologist is so bizarre that he drives the police to the brink of their tolerance and sometimes ends up as a suspect himself. But in the end he has the knack of untwisting the minds no other therapy can reach. Robson Green's best ever performance by far.
If your idea of a good whodunnit involves complex plots, twisted minds, sadistic perverts, exasperating mind games and unexpected endings then this is for you.
My only tiny concern is that some of the discs have programmes in two parts and others are whole 2 hour shows. Be careful not to miss out some episodes by misreading the menu.
That aside, find a time when you really will not be interrupted, make sure your doors are locked, and get yourself lost for a while in the terrifying back streets of Bradfield. You may not live to regret it.