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Murphy’s Law: Series Three

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Murphy's Law: Series Three

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A maverick Irish cop takes on the London crime world

“Eminently watchable” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Terrific” –The Guardian (U.K.)
“Tense and gripping” –The Observer (U.K.)

Taking on the biggest challenge of his career, undercover cop Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt, Cold Feet, Match Point) poses as a hit man to bring down a London crime boss and cop killer. He goes deeper underground than ever, faking an assassination, putting his life at risk, and sabotaging a complex, costly police operation in pursuit of a bigger prize.

The story builds through all six episodes, each darker than the last, as Murphy walks the line between deception and detection. A man with a tragic past, he has already lost friends, lovers, even his own daughter. Now he’s in danger of losing himself.

In Series 3 of this hit British crime drama, “Nesbitt is a law unto himself” (The Guardian, U.K.) in the role created especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack). Guest stars include Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger), Mark Womack (Judge John Deed), Owen Teale (Island at War, Ballykissangel), and Michael Feast (Touching Evil). As seen on BBC America.
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DVD Review: Murphy’s Law, Series 3
Posted on February 6th, 2011
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What’s not exciting about watching something full of action, even if it is intense at times and despite the violence and bloody scenes? It is all in a day’s job for a certain Irish cop as he takes on the London Crime World.

In this DVD Set we find Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt) working undercover as he poses as a hit man for the underworld crime boss. As he goes deeper undercover he faces things like having to fake assassinations, not to mention putting his own life at risk. Murphy finds himself having to sabotage a complex police operation while trying to find a bigger prize. He takes a personal beating throughout the series as he works his way trying desperately to bring down the crime boss that kills cops.

Murphy’s Law, Series 3 comes with six episodes filled with action but I should warn you of the violence, nudity, language and disturbing images so you might not want to view it with your kids around. The 6 episodes include:

1. The Goodbye Look
2. Disorganized Crime
3. Strongbox
4. Extra Mile
5. Boy’s Night Out
6. Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts

The story line builds more as you go through each episode, with each going deeper than the one before. Murphy walks between deception and detection, and now that he has lost friends, lovers and even his own daughter he is certainly in danger of losing himself.

Guest stars in this set include Michael Fassbender, Mark Womack, Owen Teal and Michael Feast. Murphy’s Law ran for five seasons here in America on BBC America and it debuted in the U.K. on BBC One in May 2005. Total airtime is approximately 352 minutes and comes with SDH subtitles. You also get an added bonus with a biography of James Nesbitt.

The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Eminently watchable…Nesbitt acts the hell out of the lead role.”

“Clever and unsettling… Murphy wins over everyone including viewers” says Entertainment Weekly.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution we hear, “One tough, compelling cop …Nesbitt with his mix of self destructiveness, smarts and soul is as watchable as Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect or Robbie Coltrano in Cracker.”

Murphy’s Law, Series 3 goes on sale on February 15, 2011 so if you click the Amazon link right now you can pre-order your own personal copy. You won’t regret it if you like action packed entertainment.

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You Thought Murphys Law Series 1 and 2 Were Dark? Ha!
February 07, 2011 Justin

In a story arc that fuses all six episodes, Murphy’s Law: Series 3 takes undercover police officer Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt in an excellent, intense character study) deeper underground than he’s ever been. He assumes the role of an illegal arms dealer/hit man, with the intention of taking down a London mob boss/cop killer. As if Murphy’s Law wasn’t dark enough, Series 3 gets progressively darker as it moves through Murphy’s assignment.

The subject of Murphy’s investigation is gangland boss Dave Callard (Mark Womack in a satisfyingly evil performance) who hires Murphy to knock off one of his associates on the pretext that the man is having an affair with Callard’s wife. Callard is a hair-trigger sociopath with a twisted sense of humor. In the first episode alone, he cold-bloodedly orders the killing of his target (Ramon Tikaram), his right-hand man (Michael Fassbender), and Murphy.

When Murphy fails to deliver a “clean” hit in his original murder for Callard, Callard dickers over the payment, bargaining the 20,000 pounds down to 14,000, while Murphy holds a knife to another mobster’s throat. Callard is so callous and malevolent, one wonders why Murphy’s superiors would risk his life…couldn’t they more easily make Callard “disappear”? Oh, right, authorities don’t operate that way…

Throughout Series 3, Murphy’s Law offers up killers, counterfeiters, drug dealers, and sundry psychopaths, Murphy repeatedly comes close to extinction, and the bad guys keep astounding us with how dreadfully bad they can be.

Acorn Media releases Murphy’s Law: Series 3 on DVD, February 15, 2011.
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Murphy's Law - Series 3
Acorn Media // Unrated // February 15, 2011
List Price: $39.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Stuart Galbraith IV | posted February 8, 2011 |

What a difference a season can make. I was underwhelmed watching Murphy's Law - Series 2, the undercover policier starring James Nesbitt as a troubled Irish undercover cop in London. He was terrific but the series was oppressively bleak and stylishly nihilistic, in that yeah-we-get-it-already, over-the-top life-is-s$#! manner that made you want to take a shower after watching each episode. It was overkill, sometimes literally, with salt in the wound cheap shots dominating over story and characterization.

But Murphy's Law - Series 3 (2005) is an almost revelatory experience. The program may have been influenced by the superb American series The Wire (2002-08). At this point Murphy's Law completely changed its format, with each subsequent series (of six 55-minute episodes in this case) devoted to a single investigation, rather than the self-contained plots of the first two seasons/series. It also resembles the first season of The Wire particularly in that the criminals are extremely intelligent and cautious, and that the backbone of the story is simply obtaining enough evidence with which to charge them. And like The Wire, the revitalized Murphy's Law explores the often-contentious, cross-purposes bureaucracy of law enforcement and its relationships with other government agencies, the moral blurring of criminals and police, corruption at the higher echelons of government, and how this impacts (and endangers) cops of the street, adds to the misery of the poor, and so forth. This is not to say Murphy's Law is ripping off The Wire; it has a very similar approach to its material but also its own interests and singularly British (and Irish) concerns. The last few episodes are particularly strong and are almost unbearably suspenseful and thrilling.

The shows are presented in excellent 16:9 enhanced widescreen transfers with excellent Dolby Digital stereo soundtracks though it's light on supplements.

Undercover cop Tommy Murphy (Nesbitt) poses as an arms dealer and contract killer, and this inadvertently leads him to a much bigger potential prize, the untouchable, extremely cagey crime boss Dave Callard (Mark Womack) and his menacing, psychotic lieutenant, Caz Miller (Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds). After checking out Murphy's (fabricated) criminal past, Callard hires Murphy to murder Richard Holloway (Ramon Tikaram), whom Callard says has been sleeping with his wife.

The first episode follows Murphy's attempts to bring Holloway into protective custody to testify against Callard while convincing the crime boss that he's actually bumped Holloway off. (Mild Spoilers): Murphy's investigation gradually uncovers a much larger plot involving heroin smuggling with connections to Sir George Garvey (Gavin & Stacey's Larry Lamb), a nationally-famous hotelier and philanthropist, and Afghani dealer Masud (Kayvan Novak). Meanwhile, Murphy becomes sexually intimate with Holloway's vulnerable, lonely wife, Ellie (Georgia Mackenzie), who has been led into believing that her husband is dead.

Behind-the-scenes, Murphy engages an old partner, veteran cop Paul Allison (Owen Teale, Ballykissangel), as his all-important back up. Also supporting Murphy are neophyte undercover cops Ollington (Shaun Dooley) and Needham (Maggie Lloyd Williams). Leading the team is older Detective Superintendent Rees (Michael Feast, Touching Evil, Brother Sun, Sister Moon).

DSI Rees, in terms of his relationship with the other characters, both above and below him in rank, is particularly fascinating - he's loyal to his team but diplomatic and extremely circumspect - and Feast is excellent.* So too is the unique relationship between the undercover cop, Murphy, and the essential support secretly supplied to him by his partner, Paul. When, for example, in the middle of the investigation Murphy is suddenly obliged to give evidence at the Old Bailey for an earlier case (a screen shielding his identity) and must suddenly cancel a scheduled meeting with Callard, Murphy claims to be at the doctor and, later, attending a funeral. Paul creates a phony doctor's receipt and a funeral program for Murphy to stick in his pocket, specifically for Caz Miller to rifle through and discover later on, and thus support Murphy's story.

Though this series of Murphy's Law episodes is nearly as bleak and cynical as the previous year's shows, everything is so dramatically justified this time out that it's much more engrossing and, ultimately, satisfying. Written by Simon Donald, Allan Cubitt, Jilian Perkins, and Michael Compton (from Colin Bateman's original character), this series is quite ambitious, even questioning Britain's role in Afghanistan, its impact at home, and the country's lapdog-like political relationship with the United States.

Grounding it all is Nesbitt's intense, sardonic but often-witty characterization. By this point in the series Murphy's undercover identities have sublimated his own and any normal existence. Though superficially there are similarities to Dirty Harry's play-by-my-own-rules loose cannon, in fact Murphy is a quintessential police officer: duty-bound with the strategic disadvantage of morally- and legally tied hands, playing an immoral role in an immoral world, and for whom each assignment extracts its pound of flesh.

He lives to serve, but to what end? A subplot involving his testimony on a previous, six-month undercover job suggests an existential pointlessness to it all. Why does he bother? Who is he becoming? Callard suggests a doppelgänger effect not uncommon in these sorts of thrillers but which is most appropriate here. And Murphy's relationships with Ellie, Paul, Rees and, in the end, even Callard are rich and intriguing. This is really shaping into a fine show.

Video & Audio

On two single-sided, dual-layered discs, all six episodes of Murphy's Law look great, with appropriate episodes preceded by recaps and followed by previews of the next episode. The transfers, in 16:9 enhanced widescreen, are excellent. The whole series runs 352 minutes - just under six hours. The Dolby Stereo audio likewise is up to current standards. Optional SDH English subtitles are helpfully included.

Extra Features.

The only supplement is a thin James Nesbitt biography, nothing else.

Parting Thoughts

I almost passed on Murphy's Law - Series 3 and am really glad I stuck with it. Though intense, at times grim and graphic (the cover art warns of "adult language, nudity, and disturbing images") it approaches the greatness of The Wire, with which it is admirably compared, and Highly Recommended.


* In a marvelous bit of writing, near the end it's revealed that Rees is a Laurel & Hardy fan. The final episode is entitled "Hard-Boiled Eggs & Nuts."

Stuart Galbraith IV's latest audio commentary, for AnimEigo's Musashi Miyamoto DVD boxed set, is on sale now.
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BBC, PBS Series on DVD Murphy’s Law, In Search of the Constitution
February 8th, 2011

Murphy’s Law

“Eminently watchable…Nesbitt acts the hell out of the lead role” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Clever and unsettling…Murphy wins over everyone, including viewers.” —Entertainment Weekly

“One tough, compelling cop…Nesbitt, with his mix of self-destructiveness, smarts and soul, is as watchable as

Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect or Robbie Coltrane in Cracker.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution

MURPHY’S LAW, SERIES 3

Debuts on DVD February 15, 2011

BBC’s hit undercover cop series starring James Nesbitt (The Hobbit)

Hollywood,CA(Hollywood Today)2/8/2011– Featuring a maverick Irish cop taking on the London crime world, Murphy’s Law returns with the DVD debut of Series 3 from Acorn Media on February 15, 2011. Award-winning actor James Nesbitt (Waking Ned Devine, Bloody Sunday, Match Point, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in 2012) delivers another powerhouse performance in the hit BBC crime drama about an undercover cop with a troubled past and nothing left to lose. The Guardian calls, “Nesbitt is a law unto himself” in the role created especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack), and for which he won best actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards (2003). The 2-volume DVD set includes all six episodes from Series 3, $39.99).

Taking on the biggest challenge of his career, undercover cop Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt) poses as a hit man to bring down a London crime boss and cop killer. He goes deeper underground than ever, faking an assassination, putting his life at risk, and sabotaging a complex, costly police operation in pursuit of a bigger prize.

The story builds through all six episodes, each darker than the last, as Murphy walks the line between deception and detection. A man with a tragic past, he has already lost friends, lovers, even his own daughter. Now he’s in danger of losing himself.

Guest stars include Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger), Mark Womack (Judge John Deed), Owen Teale (Island at War, Ballykissangel), and Michael Feast (Touching Evil).

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MURPHY'S LAW: Series Three James Nesbitt $39.99 Extras: Biography of James Nesbitt. (Acorn Media)

Taking on the biggest challenge of his career, undercover cop Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt, Cold Feet, Match Point) poses as a hit man to bring down a London crime boss and cop killer. He goes deeper underground than ever, faking an assassination, putting his life at risk, and sabotaging a complex, costly police operation in pursuit of a bigger prize.

The story builds through all six episodes, each darker than the last, as Murphy walks the line between deception and detection. A man with a tragic past, he has already lost friends, lovers, even his own daughter. Now he’s in danger of losing himself.

In Series 3 of this hit British crime drama, "Nesbitt is a law unto himself" (The Guardian, U.K.) in the role created especially for him by novelist Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack). Guest stars include Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger), Mark Womack (Judge John Deed), Owen Teale (Island at War, Ballykissangel), and Michael Feast (Touching Evil). As seen on BBC America.
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DVD Review – Murphy’s Law, Series 3

Posted on February 21, 2011
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DVD Review Murphys Law, Series 3Murphy’s Law wants you to think it’s gritty. From the first moment of its opening credits, which are like The Wire‘s run through a bad photocopier for effect, we’re meant to believe that Tommy Murphy is one tough dude doing very tough things. There’s the brooding mood music that plays under almost every scene. The raspy-voiced criminal underlings with ponytails and earrings. The cops with questionable morality and even more questionable handlebar mustaches. There’s also the line “You’ve got a face like a bucketful of asses.”

The truth is, Murphy’s Law isn’t as tough as it’d have you believe. In fact, the fact that it tries so hard makes it a little less than believable. Luckily, Murphy’s Law isn’t really trying to be The Wire for Europe. Whenever someone uses the line “You’ll be going deeper undercover than you’ve ever been before,” you know you’re not dealing with something trying to be exactly… unique. But, what Murphy’s Law does turn out to be is a lot of fun.

Perhaps the most fun American viewers will glean from watching this set, though, is the guest appearance put in by Michael Fassbender, who has recently appeared in the film Inglourious Basterds and will feature as Magneto in the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Fassbender is delightfully slimy in the role, and is more magnetic even than the show’s star James Nesbitt (though don’t think that Nesbitt himself doesn’t do a fine job holding the series together – he really does).

The season’s six episodes are put across two discs, with only one special feature for the set: a biography of star James Nesbitt. In all, though, Murphy‘s Law isn’t really a must-have. It’s fun to watch, but it isn’t nearly brilliant enough to warrant multiple viewings. Series 3 hit DVD on February 15, and there’s a guarantee that we’ll have two more Acorn Media releases for the fourth and fifth series.

You can order Murphy’s Law: Series Three on Amazon for $34.99.
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Murphy's Law: Series Three
Written by Mark Zhuravsky
Monday, 07 March 2011

Murphy’s Law makes no qualms about being quality television, a grim and proper police procedural that doesn’t sympathize or moralize either the cop or the crook. I had not seen the prior two series’ but that didn’t prove to be an issue – Series 3 is insular, covering a single investigation led by one Thomas Murphy (a scruffy though not disheveled James Nesbitt). Murphy is a career cop whose specialty is undercover work, a task he executes capably, with frequent improvisation aided by a razor-sharp intelligence. The quality of the show seemingly feeds of Murphy’s skill in the field, with six hour-long episodes carefully balancing character development with the suspense inherent in undercover investigations.

The series begins with a routine gun sale, Murphy posing as an experienced dealer in order to score a meeting with Caz Miller (Michael Fassbender). When Murphy learns that the gun is to be used for a hit, he bails and leads Caz on until the soldier gives up his boss, cop killer kingpin Dave Callard (Mark Womack). Callard doesn’t make it easy for Murphy, but when Caz arranges a meet, the undercover cop lands a kill contract on Richard Holloway (Ramon Tikaram). No doubt since we have six hours devoted to a single investigation, things are not what they seem – but that’s for you to find out.

As Tom Murphy, Nesbitt is exemplary – it’s not a flashy role but nonetheless a difficult one. The series takes an ambitious route of genuinely hoping viewers will buy into one man willing to put himself in what seems like an absurd amount of harm for the greater good. Nesbitt sells it with a look, an unblinking, hardened stare of a man who’s seen plenty of good men fall and carries his weight without so much as a sigh. The job is life and as Murphy’s Law demonstrates so aptly, the job can follow you home – Murphy knows the stakes and makes and accepts no excuses.

There’s no denying that Law puts to shame several unnamed network procedural – show that flirt with outlandish plotlines while ignoring the payoff of extensive character development. Still, the show isn’t perfect, and my one complaint stems from a feature that is integral to Murphy’s character – his almost clairvoyant ability to avoid potentially fatal situations. Spoilers follow: In the climax of episode two, Murphy attempts to talk down a man holding a young boy hostage. He does so with aplomb but the speech is uncannily timed with a squad that takes the backdoor and perforates the goon just as he is about to shoot Murphy. Dramatic, yes, but also shoddily convenient. If we are to trust in Murphy and his innate talent in an admittedly dangerous profession, there has to be some sort of realistic grounding and moments like the one I just describe take away from the raw world the show works to portray.

Luckily, the series avoids similar pitfalls and it is very easy with and root for Murphy’s tough-as-nails techniques. Nesbitt doesn’t do nervous, but when Murphy is moved, you take note because the exterior slips briefly to reveal the burden beneath.

I can’t comment on whether Murphy’s Law works better as a standalone set or as part of a larger whole, but this is a novice viewer friendly format that requires no knowledge of prior seasons. Series 3 is an example of that most formidable type of British television – tasteful but realistic, dramatic but grounded and all the while backed by a hardworking cast who never show any sign of coasting.

The series comes highly recommended, with solid video and sound merits. Plenty of nighttime scenes abound, but the DVD feature minor grain and colors (what few there are in a largely monotone world of crime) are sharp and reflect the production values well.

DVD Bonus Features

A behind the scenes look would have been appreciated, but instead we have a brief biography of star James Nesbitt. C'est la vie.
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