An Unsuitable Job for A Woman

An Unsuitable Job for A Woman

Series 1 & 2

DVD - 2008
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Cordelia Gray is a young, aspiring private detective learning the ropes from her mentor, disgraced ex-policeman Bernie Pryde. But when Pryde's sudden suicide leaves Cordelia the sole proprietor of his ramshackle agency, she is forced to continue her education on the job with only Mrs. Sparshott, the agency's longtime secretary and Cordelia's new assistant on her team. Sacrifice: A prominent scientist hires Cordelia to investigate why his son suddenly gave up a life of privilege for one of passion, only to kill himself weeks later. A last embrace: A jilted wife needs a female detective to lure her philandering husband and reveal his misdeeds, but Cordelia finds herself trapped when she begins to fall in love. Living on risk: Cordelia accepts what she thinks is a routine surveillance job, only to discover she may have been hired to help commit a crime, not to prevent one. Playing God: Superintendent Fergussen hires Cordelia to investigate his daughter's boyfriend, but is the evidence Cordelia turns over really all that the Superintendent was after?


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This DVD four-episode series is "based on a character originally created by PD James" (i.e Cordelia Gray). The phrase "based on" means that the creators of this DVD series are not necessarily going to be true to the PD James book "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman". It also means that in this DVD series the heroine of this PD James series (Cordelia Gray) does not meet the hero of the other PD James series (Adam Dalgleish) at the end of episode one. Cordelia meets Adam in the PD James book. Adam Dalgleish is the Detective Chief Superintendent / Commander of the Metropolitan Police Service at the New Scotland Yard in London. The book ties up all Cordelia's unanswered questions about Adam Dalgleish, Bernie Pryde's former boss and mentor, but the DVD offers only broad hints when Cordelia Gray meets "Inspector Ferguson" at the end of episode 1 and more in episode 4. Other than that extreme disappointment, the DVD episodes are entertaining.

Feb 28, 2016

I thought it was going to be interesting, but it wore thin before the first series was done. Just not to my liking.

Aug 02, 2015

Rated 5/10.

Jan 22, 2014

The British never disappoint when it comes to detective programs. Character development is very good. You watch the central female lead actress go from an almost simpering shadow of a thing to slowly gaining confidence. With the support of her deceased boss' secretary, Cordelia, follows through to discover the truth inside every case. Tension and pathos abound yet there is also a quiet strength that keeps you rooting for her. Well worth a watch! Not "Rosemary and Thyme" but not Inspector Morse either. I'm a fan!


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