Janine Lewis has just been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, but her excitement is quashed when she comes home to celebrate and finds her husband in bed with another woman. Janine now has to juggle her career and her three children – with a fourth on the way – all on her own.
Janine and her team of homicide detectives investigate the most gruesome crimes in Manchester. But even though the stories are dark and gritty, the show still has a touch of humor in it. The characters really click with each other and Janine’s team seems like a second family to her. She’s sometimes like a mother hen, keeping everyone in line and on task, while averting conflicts between the detectives.
There are a lot of UK crime dramas with female leads and I like that. Shows like New Tricks, Vera and Prime Suspect have women in the role of commander. And in Blue Murder, the portrayal of a high ranking female police officer balancing her work life and full family life is nicely explored. What do you do when you’re trying to catch a killer, but your children need you at home?
I really like Caroline Quentin. This was the first show I saw her in. There are a couple of others she is equally great in that I have yet to write about: Jonathan Creek and Life Begins.
Caroline Quentin – DCI Janine Lewis
Ian Kelsey – DI Richard Mayne
Nicholas Murchie – DS Tony Shap
Paul Loughran – DS Ian Butchers
Total Seasons: 5 (19 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 5
In Production: 2004 – 2009
Viewer Discretion: violence, language