Vexed

A relationship-driven comedy drama about a pair of police detectives

Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2010 - 2012  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
9 (2 series)
Starring:
Toby Stephens, Miranda Raison, Lucy Punch, Roger Griffiths, Ronny Jhutti, Nick Dunning, Rory Kinnear
Writers:
Howard Overman, Chris Bucknall, James Wood, Steve Coombes, Harry Williams, Jack Williams
Production:
Greenlit Rights

Vexed follows Kate and Jack, a police detective duo with real chemistry. Bright, sexy and funny, their personal lives are as complicated as the crimes they investigate.

They may be cops but Jack and Kate suffer the same frustrations, pre-occupations and insecurities as the rest of us. Always on the move or in their unofficial office, the local cafe opposite the police station where the coffee and gossip are better, their cases say something about modern life in an entertaining way.

Series 2: D.I. Jack Armstrong has a new partner in the shape of D.I. Georgina Dixon. Armstrong is charming, disorganised and prone to laziness so it comes as no surprise that sparks fly when he's partnered with the ambitious and highly efficient Dixon. Jack's best friend, café-owner and ex-cop Tony and colleague Naz complete the crime solving team. Episode one sees the duo tackle the murder of a cocky car salesman, but things are not quite as they seem.

Chris Sussman, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: "We're very much looking forward to the return of Vexed. The second series promises to be just as much fun as the first, and with Miranda Raison joining Toby Stephens as new partner D.I. Dixon, we're hoping it's going to be all guns blazing."

Our Review: Written by Howard Overman - creator of hit E4 series Misfits - and brought to life by Psychoville director Matt Lipsey, the premise of this comedy drama does sound somewhat cheesy. But it's not all that bad at all. Certainly it has flaws; some of the plot points in Series 1 felt flaky and one-dimensional, and the dialogue was not much better on occasion, but a good cast and a sprinkling of great jokes through the programmes made for a fairly enjoying series all-round.

The second series was quite an improvement, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. It still had the odd fault apparent but was on the whole a much more rounded series. Miranda Raison must gain particular praise for not simply fitting in but really bringing extra strength to the show, as newly promoted D.I. Georgina Dixon.