That's why I was thrilled to receive a review copy of A Mind to Kill, Series 2 from Acorn Media. This is the second season of a Welsh detective drama that ran for 5 seasons, between 1994 and 2002. The action concerns the sufficiently grizzled yet oddly attractive (he has no problem finding female companionship)Welsh DCI Noel Bain, played by Philip Madoc. Twelve years before the action in this series takes place, his wife was hit and killed by a drunk driver. This event has left a massive scar on Bain's life, as will be shown toward the end of this season.
|Dr. Edwards looking fondly upon a corpse|
Rounding out the cast of characters are two of Bain's officers, DS Alison Griffiths and DS Carwyn Phillips. They appear genuinely fond of their somewhat cranky and unpredictable boss, although they do smirk behind his back at his relationship with Professor Edwards.
One fascinating aspect of the series is that it was filmed in both English and Welsh versions. This DVD has the English version (of course), but you can watch 7 minutes of one of the episodes in the Welsh language. It's a very beautiful and mysterious sounding language! Even when the actors are speaking English, their lilting Welsh accents are very pleasant.
The 7 episodes on this DVD deal with horrible murders and hostile members of the public. In one case, two brothers are found tied together at the bottom of a lake, and Bain must work out if it really was a murder-suicide (as it appeared to be at first), or a double murder. In another case, Bain goes undercover at a seaside resort town to look for a killer, but things are complicated when his daughter Hannah shows up. Another episode deals with a housing estate where residents don't take kindly to the police coming in to investigate the discovery of a burned body in a car. I found the most unusual episode to be the last one, in which Bain decides to track down the man who was responsible for the death of his wife 12 years previously.