First chapter (first two ride piggyback on opening night) intros a petty thief accusing a respected copper (Mo Sesay) of beating him; the inspector (George Irving) obviously would like to see the cop cleared. In a secondary case , an elderly woman with a progressive disease in a nursing home dies abruptly — and her honorable husband (Moray Watson) becomes too frank.
Dangerfield, whose teenagers Marty (Sean Maguire) and Alison (Lisa Faulkner) live with him, goes about his medical-police worlds with an impersonal exterior, seemingly unperturbed by the way he has overextended himself.
TX: TX:Filmed on location in Warwickshire, England, by BBC-TV. Exec producer, Chris Parr; producer, Adrian Bate; directors, Jan Sargent (I, II, III) , Diana Patrick (IV, V, VI); writer, Don Shaw; Occasionally he spots imaginary images of his late, beloved wife, Celia, who died when his car hit a truck. Son Marty, still suffering from the horror, unconsciously blames his dad. Those sweet memories of Celia fade away as attractive defense attorney Kate Durrani (Kim Vithana) steps into Dangerfield’s life.
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Over the series’ run, Dangerfield loses favor at the clinic where he works because he isn’t pulling his load. Resentful Dr. Joanna Stevens (Amanda Redman) carries her own bitternesses; Dr. Nick Mackenzie (Bill Wallis) lives with his secret demons; and patient Dr. Hamaba (Nadim Sawalha) tries calming waters.
The inconsiderate Dangerfield, absorbed in his police work, hasn’t time for his kids, either; he makes an unlikely hero.
Medical cases blended with his police cases in the small town of Warwick turn him on. A schizophrenic off his medication is accused of murdering his ex-employer; an AIDS patient begs Dangerfield to keep his secret until his daughter can pass a rigorous exam; a man’s body inexplicably found in the middle of a field summons up Peeping Tomism.
Episodes four and five combine for an intriguing case. A habitually self-mutilating woman, Diane (Orla Brady), badly hurt, seems to have been attacked by her ex-b.f., David (Brendan Coyle), but she won’t let anyone examine her for signs of rape. Dangerfield, Stevens and Durrani all get into the action; there’s nearly a parallel act closer to Dangerfield’s home.
Le Vaillant is convincing as the self-concerned doctor, and Faulkner and Maguire make excellent teeners. Redman’s strong Dr. Stevens is a plus despite the final hour’s change of character, and Vithana’s secretive lawyer is a shrewd puzzle.
Production designer Amanda Atkinson ably provides a good British town milieu in Warwickshire, and the Dangerfield residence is handsome and enviable. Ken Brinsley’s camerawork’s good, and Roger Wilson’s editing is snappy. Nigel Hess’ score’s on the mark.