The most frustrating thing about being an American who loves British television is that so many shows that I’d like to see are not available in this country, or some only have a limited number of seasons on Region 1 DVD. And, of course, almost always by the time I’ve gone through a few episodes of a show, I’m hooked, which makes it all the more frustrating. For example, I only saw 50 of the 91 episodes of Waking the Dead. And now, The Chase, 20 episodes produced, yet I can only see 8. And episode 8 was one bugger of a cliffhanger!
The Williams family runs the Chevin Chase Veterinary Clinic in Yorkshire. Patriarch George, upon marrying his second, and much younger wife, Claudie, decides to retire and leave the business to his two daughters, Sarah and Anna. After their mother died, Sarah moved to London. But now, with Anna expecting her fourth child and Dad’s impending retirement, Sarah is forced back to her hometown to help run the struggling veterinary practice.
This show can best be described as a soap opera. Infidelity runs rampant in this family. Sarah is concerned that her brother-in-law, Tom, has slept with her cousin, Fiona. Sarah’s relationship with her boyfriend David falls apart when she finds out he’s been cheating on her. Co-worker and fellow vet, Rick, is married to Deborah, a shrew of a woman, but he’s got feelings for his assistant Clare.
Gossip, back-stabbing, misunderstandings, and overall tension between characters abound in this show. Though the care of animals does play a part in each episode, it takes a back seat to the drama between the human characters.
It took me a bit longer than usual to get into this show, to get to know and become interested in the characters and what might happen to them. But eventually I did, enough to be disappointed in not being able to see any more than the first 8 episodes.
Gaynor Faye – Anna Williams
Nicola Stephenson – Sarah Williams
Nicolas Gleaves – Tom Bedford
Heather Peace – Fiona Jones
Michelle Holmes – Claudie Williams
Janet Dibley – Deborah Johnson
Reece Dinsdale – Rick Johnson
Rachel Davies – Margaret Wright
Sunetra Sarker – Clare Burnes
Liam Garrigan – Matt Lowe
Keith Barron – George Williams
Total Seasons: 2 (20 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 1 (8 episodes)
In Production: 2006 – 2007
Viewer Discretion: Some adult situations