Definitely some of the best and most nuanced acting and detective writing in British crime television. No stupid car chases and crashes, and no meaningless voyeuristic violence. Jack Shepherd, Jimmy Yuill, and Helen Masters delivered consistently superb, natural acting, Yuill and Masters offer more by way of body language alone than even the very best actors today can deliver on the whole. The occasional story line cliché makes an appearance, for example, the underlining cliché of conflict between administrative superior and plodding, unambitious detective, but it’s far less pronounced in this series than in any other British detective series. Otherwise, brilliant. They don’t make them like this anymore.