Strictly Confidential (2006) - The Complete Series

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
KOCH Vision || NR - 300 minutes - $29.98 || February 5, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-02-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Kay Mellor (created by)
Cast: Suranne Jones, Cristian Solimeno, Eva Pope, Tristan Gemmill


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Behind the Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.77)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot Outline: Linda (Suranne Jones), an ex-cop turned sex therapist, is pulled into the seedy world of fetish and S&M when her ex-lover, Angie (Eva Pope), seeks her advice on a sordid murder case involving auto-erotic asphyxiation. When another body is discovered – this time one of Linda’s clients – both her professional and personal life is put at risk.

“Strictly Confidential” was, I guess, a short-lived series on British television lasting only 6 episodes with no second season in sight. I won’t pretend to understand British television, both creative and technical, but from I’ve seen it’s not like here in the States where a season is 18-24 episodes. That said, based on a tacked on ending during in the finale, I would hazard to guess it just wasn’t renewed.

The series itself is a hodgepodge mixture of entertainment and genre. The primary characters are Linda, husband Richard Nelson (Solimeno), brother-in-law Greg Nelson (Gemmill) and police inspector Angie Morton. Every episode features a new couple with a different issue, primarily in the bedroom. In between those, personal storylines unfold such as the death of a client -- and a season long murder mystery --, Linda’s desire to become pregnant -- and in turn, Richard’s impotence --, an affair between Linda and Greg and an on-going tension between Linda and Angie. Obviously, Linda is the center of attention of the show.

“Strictly Confidential” works for the most part, though I was more intrigued by the murder investigation aspect more so than the other stories. The cast works well together and save for one scene during the finale, where things come to a head, it’s well acted. In particular, Suranne Jones, a spitting image of Famke Janssen (IMO), gives solid performances throughout and Cristian Gemmill develops some nice chemistry with her.

I’m unsure why it didn’t receive a second season, but it certainly had potential.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only extra is a behind the scenes special that originally aired during the series run. An assortment of interviews is provided covering the casting to stories and the show’s controversial topics.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The series is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR, and features a standard Dolby Digital soundtrack.



.::OVERALL::.

“Strictly Confidential” is a good British series that works on its own (maybe take it as a mini-series). But like most soap operas, the story can get a bit ridiculous and the acting over-the-top. But if you enjoy those oddball British shows, you might find this one worthwhile.