The Long Call

Season 1
Following the discovery of a dead body, DI Matthew Venn is led back into the community he left behind - and the deadly secrets that lurk there.
Ben AldridgePearl MackieIona Anderson
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    October 24 2021
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    A body is found on a beach in North Devon, and DI Matthew Venn and his team search for a way into a case with no witnesses, forensics, or motives. Venn must also deals with the recent death of his father and the complications of returning to a community he was forced to leave.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    October 25 2021
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    When Matthew and the team continue to hunt for clues about the victim, they uncover secrets from the past and theorize who might have motive to murder.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    October 26 2021
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    Mathew wrestles with personal and professional to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt. Lucy and Gaby can no longer stay quiet as an important silence breaks. With the revelations that follow, no one is safe.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    October 27 2021
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    The team are frustrated until an important piece of evidence sets Matthew on the path to finding the murderer. Will Matthew find clarity by learning to let go of the shame his upbringing taught him?

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3.6 out of 5 stars

117 global ratings

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AN43Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good engaging mystery!
Although I'm not sure I'm up to a long, nuanced review, I wanted to offset some of the unfairly negative ones which seem to be more about prejudice than about the actual story, acting ability, plot, etc. If you are homophobic or otherwise bigoted, this isn't the show for you. The main detective is a gay man who lives with his partner and obviously, that's too much for some tender viewers. I am actually quite turned off by shows that seem to be pushing a social agenda over telling an interesting story and this did not feel that way to me. In some ways, it has the feeling of Broadchurch where every character seems to be keeping some secrets which adds nicely to the feeling of suspense.

I do wish it had been longer as I think it tried to unpack a lot of themes and story lines in 4 episodes. I appreciated though that there was character growth even within the tight time frame. I hope there will be more.
71 people found this helpful
Larry MoranReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Woke propaganda with poor writing and directing.
I had read a review prior to trying this series, and was aware that there is a narrative that is commonly called "woke". I have a gay adopted daughter, and have had gay friends. However, I dislike it when I am forced to feel uncomfortable, with a close up of two men kissing. That would falsely indicate that I am prejudiced against gays. That scene was the beginning of the production company's social agenda checklist. A group of Caucasian religious conservatives.. (obviously narrow minded bigots),, check. A plucky, self reliant, intelligent woman with Down Syndrome.. check. A single non-Caucasian mother dealing with teenage kids, while being a professional and competent police detective.. double check. Aside from the obvious intention to wrap the series in a "blanket" of "wokeness". The acting is wooden, (because of poor directing?), and the script is subpar. As another reviewer pointed out here, and I have pointed out many times. I am not interested in the private lives of the police officers that are trying to solve a crime and bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. Many current "police dramas" use subplots to attract a certain demographic, and as time fillers so that some series have more episodes in them. I much prefer a Brit crime series called "Suspects" by comparison to much of what is currently being produced by woke production companies.
46 people found this helpful
FrankReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great potential lost through social agenda
This show looked to be another great British detective series, and I was very pleased to find it. Unfortunately, unlike many of the great detective series of the past, this one feels the need to tell us what is going on in everyone's bedroom. Totally unnecessary, and ruins the show. Maybe it is a reflection of the world today, but I don't need to see it in a crime thriller. Not just the gay relationship and mention of sodomy, but the straight relationships as well. It is a distraction, and only takes away from the show. Shame on the director and producers for trying to be more "American" like. This is exactly why I don't watch "American" shows. Nor this one.
35 people found this helpful
TinkerbellstwinReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ann Cleeves has done it again!! AMAZING new show!!!
I love the two books in this series - it was reading the first one [that this season is based on] that led me down the rabbit hole that is Ann Cleeves books, and those led me to the TV shows [I adore Vera, not so much of a fan of Shetland but that is simply because too much was changed for my liking. It is an excellent show, just not for me] and I am a bonafide fan.
I love how they got so many of the characters right in this show - the actor that plays Matthew is perfect; the character is a man conflicted, cerebral and deeply introspective and he plays him perfectly. To those who complain about the pacing of this show absolutely did not read the books - they are slow and methodical and it is rare for a show to keep the same pace as the book as this has done [and they do it very well]. And KUDOS to getting Juliet Stevenson as Matthew's mother. That is a huge coup and she is absolutely amazing.

To those who are...disturbed? about Matthew being gay and he and his husband showing affection on the show, I can only say here as politely as I can - get a freaking life. The books [and the blurbs for the show] make it V E R Y clear that this is part of what makes Matthew Matthew. It is what engages him, it is his conflict, yet it gives him empathy and helps him dive into and understand other's pain. It is absolutely a part of his life and I applaud Ann Cleeves for not shying away from this and the writers for the show incorporating it the way they do. There is absolutely no agenda here. It is about a DCI who just happens to also be gay and what that means when you come from a cultish evangelical background [and if you have never been in one, you have no business commenting on it].

I cannot wait for Season two and I will be recommending this to everyone I know - what a great first season!!!
34 people found this helpful
F. FullerReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very well written and intelligent series.
I love all of her books and was excited to see this as a series......yes details were changed to keep maybe a more exciting series. I enjoy all of series, Vera etc.... that have been taken from the books. Not mindless keeps one thinking,which is unusual for these times where everything seems to be overrated. Thank you Britbox for doing the series, keep up the grand work.
28 people found this helpful
Stefan HallReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A far cry from Vera And Shetland
The absolute disregard for one belief system over another. The blatant stereotyping in play in this series is offensive. Now, to the quality of the work, not much going on. I don't know if the writers just needed a paycheck but there is nothing that makes want to continue watching this series.
23 people found this helpful
R.Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really enjoyed this new series!
I am a big fan of Vera, and with Covid delays we've gotten two episodes of the newest season, so I was excited to see another series by the same writer, Ann Cleeves. This show doesn't disappoint. It's a bit cerebral and dark, but that's actually what I like about Vera, so it's right up my alley. The mystery is intriguing, and I hope we get to see more of Detective Venn and DC Jenn Rafferty. He's got just the right amount of damage to make him interesting yet functional, and she has smarts and guts. They're a great team. Now I want to read all the books!
21 people found this helpful
fan in deeringReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why do I need to be slapped in the face with with someone else's personal life from the get go? It's sad I was looking forward to seeing this thinking it was a Detective show.
13 people found this helpful
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