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  Review by Suzanne 5/18/11

This is an excellent British series! The writing and acting are fantastic. It is about a special polite unit that works on solving identity theft cases.  That sounds boring, but it's not. Many of the criminals they go after are not just stealing credit cards. They are violent criminals.

The show is somewhat like "House" or "The Mentalist" or "Monk", where one of the detectives (John Bloom, played by Aidan Gillen, who can now be seen in "Game of Thrones" on HBO) is extremely brilliant, but quirky and sometimes offensive. He is a genius at solving the puzzle, but his colleagues don't much like him and are suspicious of him. In this case, they have very good reason to be suspicious!

Bloom is a former undercover cop who spent way too many years undercover with the Turkish mafia as an Irish money launderer, Brendan Shea.  His superiors don't know that even though he was the cop that put away the Turkish kingpin, he still has a hand in that life because he is in love with the mobster's sister. This gets him into some deep trouble. His years undercover made him an excellent detective who is good at understanding those who want to become someone else, but it also gave him divided loyalties. In the meantime, the woman in charge of the unit, Martha (played by Keeley Hawes), develops feelings for him.

Another detective in the unit, DS Wareing, starts following Bloom and figures out what he's done, creating problems for him.  As you can tell, it's more than a standard cop show. It's just done so well, with the stories woven so nicely and culminating in the final exciting episode.

I'm sorry to read that the show was canceled after its one series. That is too bad.  However, watching it on the DVD will be like watching a long movie and is well worth it, even if they don't continue the show. It does have a good and satisfying conclusion, with no real cliff-hanger.

The features/extras are disappointing. They just have text and photos of the actors and their characters, like you might find on a web page.

Identity (U.S. Debut) - Keeley Hawes (Upstairs, Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes) and Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Queer as Folk UK) star in a slick, high-tech crime procedural; making its highly anticipated U.S. Debut. An American version starring Angela Bassett and Wentworth Miller is in development at ABC. Identity follows an elite police team charged with investigating the high-stakes world of identity theft. Broadcast on ITV in the U.K. in July 2010 and available to U.S. audiences for the first time, Identity features realistic plots and intelligent writing and offers a riveting glimpse into one of the 21st century's most ubiquitous crimes.
(6 episodes)

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