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Cuffs: Season 1 - DVD Review - WIN 1 of 3 DVD Box Sets

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
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You're nicked, chummy, caught in Cuffs
Leo Tolstoy famously said: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This is also true of Police Drama on television.

A direct line can be drawn from Dixon of Dock Green through Softly, Softly, Z Cars and The Bill to the most recent incarnation of the Thin Blue Line - Cuffs.

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The Cast of Cuffs (Photograph courtesy the BBC)

From the black and white days of 'Evenin' all' to the highly coloured world of black and blue 'Yer nicked, Chummy' the formula is roughly the same - the highly varied world of crime and lawlessness serves as the backdrop of those who have chosen to uphold the law, often foolish, but always dangerous, law.

The changes between 1956 and 2016 are interesting - the challenges are the same but the crimes are different, both in scope and degree. One just can't imagine anyone spitting on PC Dixon or him finding a dead drug user in a beach hut some weeks after her death.

Cuffs is an excellent show and is none the worse for taking a varied handful of fallible, strong, brave, cowardly, manipulative, honest, and throw them together against a realistic web of petty theft, harassment, major crime and drugs.

The show is written by Julie Geary (seven episodes) and Nancy Harris (one episode) and stars Jacob If an as PC Jake Vickers, the son of Chief Superintendent Robert Vickers (Peter Sullivan). Jake is gay and is struggling as a new recruit.

Cuffs, Police Drama, UK Police, Brighton, Ashley Walters, The Bill, Dixon of Dock Green
Jacob If an as PC Jake Vickers (Photograph courtesy of BBC)

Gradually the private lives of the police unfold, and as we all do, they have their secrets, their hidden motivators and impulses.

Beautifully written, filmed and acted Cuffs is outstanding. I enjoyed every episode and only wished there were more. Dixon of Dock Green ran for twenty-one years. The Bill lasted twenty-six years and Cuffs had only eight episodes before being cancelled. Pity.

Very highly recommended, but, as in the case of Game of Thrones, don't get attached to anyone.



To celebrate the release of Cuffs: Season 1 on 6th April 2016, WeekendNotes subscribers have the chance to win 1 of 3 DVD Boxsets.

*To go into the draw, all you have to do is send an email titled 'Cuffs' to competitions@weekendnotes.com and let us know in 25 words or less why you want to see Cuffs. Please make sure to include your full name and mailing address so we can send you your prize!

3 lucky winners will be drawn on 6th April 2016.


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