Jackson Brodie is a former police officer turned private investigator who never turns down a job. He’s a strong yet sensitive man who cares more about the people involved in his cases rather than actually solving them. He’ll scratch away at a cold case when the victims feel the police have reached a dead end. No case is too small for Jackson. He’ll look for your lost cat or your sister who went missing 30 years ago.
Brodie is a troubled soul who not only deals with the demons in the present, but also demons from his past. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding his personal life. What happened to his sister when he was a boy? Why is he divorced? Why did he leave the police force?
Even though Jackson is no longer a police officer, he still has strong ties to his old department. He often looks to DC Louise Monroe, a former colleague, to get information. Monroe may outwardly be annoyed by Brodie’s methods, but respects him and his judgment. And she seems to be a wee bit attracted to him.
Case Histories is based on the first three Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson. The series takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland (one of my all time favorite cities).
One of the things I like about the series is that several stories are woven together, one leads into another. They are all connected in some way. I also think the child actors (Millie Innes and Gwyneth Keyworth) are superb. It’s not easy to find kids who are that natural. That’s not to say that the adult actors are schlubs. They are very believable as well.
A second series of 4 episodes is schedule to air in the UK in 2012.
Jason Isaacs – Jackson Brodie
Amanda Abbington – DC Louise Monroe
Zawe Ashton – Deborah Arnold
Millie Innes – Marlee Brodie
Natasha Little – Julia Land
Kirsty Mitchell – Josie Brodie
Edward Corrie – Marcus Stewart
Gwyneth Keyworth – Reggie Teague
Total Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 1
In Production: 2011
Viewer Discretion: Some violence and sexual situations