Second Sight

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2001X-Ray16+
Ross Tanner, a maverick ambitious Detective Chief Inspector who gets results by always going that extra mile is a man with a terrible secret. Detective Inspector Catherine Tully, a competitive graduate officer is drafted into Tanner's serious crime unit to help investigate the apparently motiveless, brutal murder of a nineteen year-old boy.
Starring
Clive OwenClaire SkinnerStuart Wilson
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Second Sight
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    January 8 2000
    39min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    DCI Ross Tanner of the Special Murder Unit is working on a case with the ambitious DI Catherine Tully when he makes the frightening discovery that he is slowly losing his sight. Tully discovers his secret and agrees to cover for him, on certain conditions.
  2. 2. Hide and Seek
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    January 22 2001
    46min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While hiding his own deteriorating eyesight, a detective investigates the case of a bludgeoned violinist where the key witness is her traumatized young son.
  3. 3. Parasomnia
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    February 19 2001
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A police detective, who hides the fact that he's going blind, investigates a woman with a sleep disorder who wakes up covered in the blood of her fiance.
  4. 4. In the Kingdom of the Blind
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    March 2 2001
    41min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While hiding his own rapidly deteriorating eyesight, a detective investigates the murder of black youth leader.

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Directors
Charles Beeson
Supporting actors
Phoebe Nicholls
Season year
2001
Network
BBC
Content advisory
Smokingsubstance usealcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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3.0 out of 5 stars

28 global ratings

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SamanthaReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful
I tried. I really did but when Owen's partner suddenly unbuttoned her blouse and exposed her breasts shortly after he asked her to order a pizza, well I couldn't take it, Not because I'm a prude but because it was insulting. What self respecting police detective would suddenly out of the blue undress herself? Bad enough that she talked in a baby voice and can't act but really.
there was no tension in the plot and the bit about him losing his sight was overplayed and unnecessary. It was a plot device used for drama where the drama was lacking. This entire season could have been editted down to about 45 minutes and told the same story rather than dragging on and on. I wonder how on earth they were able to get Clive Owen to sign on to this disaster.
52 people found this helpful
pcsnakeReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
If 4 star I just couldn't see it
If this were a porn movie I'd say it petered out. What happened is that they had a reasonable idea for a plot and
an actor and actress good enough to make a good series, but for some reason they got fascinated by blurry camera
shots and went on and on about his vision problem until it was sort of boring. In the end the thing telegraphed what
was supposed to be a Hitchcock discovery and reversal but by that time I no longer cared and was just glad this sorry
mess limped to an end. I am giving it a mercy three stars because it wasn't that bad--it just wasn't very good. They really should have hacked and chopped this mess into something about 45 minutes long.
12 people found this helpful
GPReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
ANOTHER GREAT CLIVE OWEN PERFORMANCEMANCE
Clive Owen is one of the most underrated actors we have. He can play it tough, (this intriguing cop story and in countless other genres) or romantic, ("Words and Pictures" & "Greensleeves') or powerfully sensitive, ("Trust" - he & Keener shine! ). He's even was able to pull Jennifer Anniston along up to "semii bearable" status in a film! This was fun UK cop fare, (the Brits do these best). Kudos also to his leading lady, Claire Skinner for her performance in "Second Sight". I will IMDB her & get caught up in another 50 films 🙂 Bravo, as usual, Mr. Owen.
12 people found this helpful
PhineasReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
If it were my show...
A middling cops mini-series of made-for-TV-movie quality. I thought many of the supporting cast did well; the main shortcoming was in the roles developed for the two main actors: Clive Owen and Claire Skinner.
To me the series never made it credible that Owen would be the lead investigator in a large police force; instead the beginning of the series seemed intent on highlighting his personal shortcomings as an angry-young-man type. While obsessing about his personal back story, the series strangely tells us nothing about hers. Skinner's character is written to be both conniving and competent, yet demure and eager to drop her blouse in front of him at the soonest opportunity [I couldn’t help but notice that the shirt she wore to work at his apartment let her nipples show through the fabric]. A credible portrait of a self-professed serious policewoman? Perhaps not.
(Note: you might want to wait to read the following until after you have seen the series.) If it were my show, I would give the Azoor sight problem to another main police character: a slightly more mature head of the investigation. Skinner would then be that lead detective’s wife, who after finding out about her proud husband’s problem, sets about to enlist one of his subordinates to help her save her husband’s career. Owen ,a detective whose flaws have so far kept him from rising in the ranks but who nonetheless has a knack for solving cases, is the man for the situation. During the course of events a little sexual chemistry between Skinner and Owen would seem both a little more natural and perhaps more consequential.
7 people found this helpful
M. A. McGuireReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It kept my interest.
I watch a lot of shows like this and end up leaving a lot of them part way through because they are predictable and/or poorly done. This was well-acted, well-written, and intriguing all the way to the end.
12 people found this helpful
T HoffmannReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ridiculous Premise
Any detective who had trouble with his vision could put himself and his team in unnecessary jeopardy. That a colleague tried to cover for him was a ridiculous premise. Also the distorted vision as portrayed by the camera work was annoying and occurred way too frequently. The viewer could have come away with vision distortion given just a few examples. The plot progressed agonizingly slowly. This entire story could have been told in a single episode. The sleeping with your colleague thing was predictable and cliche.
8 people found this helpful
WormboyReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly intelligent and non-stereotypical
Neat Brit crime procedural. Thoughtful and intelligent mysteries with real personal punch in a back narrative running through both seasons. Not the fast pace and drama Americans expect from their crime shows. Pity, this is better than most of those.

Oh, and they had the sense to run just a few episodes per season and cut it off there. So many shows make the mistake of trying to stretch material out forever. Greed calling the shots rather than artistic merit.
One person found this helpful
Brenda G.Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great plot twist
I thought the double vision was way overdone in this. Yes, he's having vision issues but do we have to see every 10 minutes with distorted camera effects? Other than that I enjoyed the movie and the plot twist. I figured it out in episode 3 but not the depth of it. Well done.
7 people found this helpful
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