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A re-release of some darned fine mysteries shows from the early 1980s - your grandma will love it....
Acorn Media / 623 Minutes / 1982-1983 / Unrated / Street Date: January 29, 2013
This latest mystery release from Acorn Media doesn't exactly prove to be mandatory viewing, but Partners in Crime appeals to its core demographic heartily. Sure, they look like they've been shot with camcorders with burlap sacks over the lenses, but the prim and proper (and so very British) pomp and circumstance in the melodrama here make for fine entertainment.
Our detectives at work here are Tommy (James Warwick) and Tuppence (Francesca Annis) Beresford, a good-looking and well-matched couple who are in the process of starting their own small detective firm. So in addition to the cases the duo takes on, we get to experience the lively struggles these guys have as blossoming business managers.
There is clearly a finite level of interest here - you either have a sweet tooth for quaint, slowly-paced crime dramas or you don't - but speaking as a viewer who is a sucker for stuff like this, I nevertheless have no trouble singing its praises. It's always a treat to see Annis at work (she's Paul's mom from David Lynch's Dune), and even if none of these whodunits achieve classic status, if you're in the mood for them, they'll entertain thoroughly.