TV series exclusives: The WCL Ratings Project #8

With this month’s update of new DVDs enabled by our Ratings Project we have new seasons of the hugely popular ‘Foyle’s War’, the 4th season of the fun ‘Warehouse 13’, new seasons of ‘Haven’, ‘Silk’ and period mystery series ‘The Murdoch mysteries’, as well as the American version of ‘Broadchurch’…

Cover imageHaven. The complete fourth season.
“The thrilling Haven is back and life may never be the same again for the town s supernatural residents… Picking up six months after Audrey s disappearance at the end of Season 3, a lot has changed in Haven with the town in disarray and overrun with paranormal phenomena. With Audrey nowhere to be found Nathan and Duke will have to work together in order to find her and bring the town s afflictions under control before it s too late…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageWarehouse 13. Season four.
“At the end of season three of Warehouse 13, the titular structure, an enormous facility in South Dakota also known as “America’s attic” and “the world’s junk drawer,” was blown to smithereens, taking with it the mass of strange and wondrous artifacts that had been housed there. Since these objects are the SyFy series’ raison d’être, something must be done to remedy this disaster–and sure enough, we’re not even finished with the first of the 20 episodes included in the five-disc season-four boxed set before Special Agent in Charge Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) has managed to turn back time by 24 hours and prevent the explosion. But Warehouse agents aren’t supposed to use artifacts for their own ends–on the contrary, their job is to make sure they stay out of the hands of anyone who seeks to exploit them, whether by design or by accident–and the one he chooses is an astrolabe, a navigation device that once belonged to Ferdinand Magellan and now visits some very bad, season-long mojo on Artie and the others…” (Abridged from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageSilk. Series 3.
“Martha is now an experienced QC at the height of her powers and should be enjoying the high-profile cases and media attention that implies. But as her cases become ever more morally complex Martha questions whether her role as a defence barrister is enough. Her close relationships are put to the test when her ambitious colleague and rival Clive Reader finally becomes QC, challenging her to confront her feelings for him. As Head Clerk Billy Lamb struggles to keep the huge secret he?s been concealing he makes plans to secure the future of Chambers, with or without him. Effective new Practice Manager Harriet has other ideas and wants chambers to prosecute more and defend less potentially isolating Martha. As she struggles with her conscience her faith in the justice system is tested to breaking point. Where does she really belong?…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageFoyle’s War. Series nine, The Cold War files.
“Michael Kitchen returns to the screen as Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a man of scrupulous integrity who has survived the First World War, solved crime wherever it led him during the Second World War, and now finds himself called into duty at the risk of a possible Third. The second World War may be over but a new one is beginning, less explosive but no less deadly a Cold War. Foyle finds himself drawn into complex webs of security and counter security where the loyalties of even those closest to him are brought into question as he joins, somewhat unwillingly at first, the ranks of MI5…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageGracepoint.
“When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boys family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the towns residents. Welcome to ‘Gracepoint’, a new 10-episode event series based on ‘Broadchurch’, the U.Ks critically acclaimed hit crime drama. Gracepoint is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageMayday / created by Ben Court & Caroline Ip.
“Mayday is a gripping new crime-story set against the picture-perfect backdrop of a traditional town, one that is thrown into a sinister and paranoid world as its community discover the gruesome murder of a young girl. When the towns community comes together to celebrate Mayday, the yearly pagan public holiday, the horrific murder will unfold through the eyes of four characters. Each who suspect that the murder of the young-girl was by someone they know and trust; but they must keep silent…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageMurdoch mysteries. Complete series 7.
“As Series Seven of the internationally acclaimed series begins on the first-ever Victoria Day, Murdoch is reunited with his beloved Julia aboard an opulent passenger ship on its maiden voyage. Their time is short-lived, however, when the daughter of the ship’s owner appears to have been pushed overboard. Among the intricate investigations this season, Murdoch must contend with killer spiders, a sea monster, the mysterious death of a cyclist and facing down a zombie army. Sherlock Holmes (Andrew Gower) also returns to assist Murdoch when a nanny disappears and her young charge is convinced the only person who can find her is Sherlock himself…” (From Syndetics summary)

Cover imageAtlantis. The legend begins.
“When Jason set out to find his father, he could never have anticipated where his journey would lead… Far from home and desperate for answers, Jason washes up on the shores of an ancient land. A mysterious place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants–this is the lost city of Atlantis. But beneath the surface of this enticing place is a dark and simmering past, a complicated web of treachery and deceit, in which Jason himself now seems inexplicably bound. He soon finds himself embroiled in a perilous game of politics and power from which there is no escape. Aided by the studious young Pythagoras and the overweight, overbearing Hercules, Jason embarks on a voyage of discovery, which sees him brush shoulders with Medusa, come face to face with the Minotaur and even do battle with the dead…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThai street food / with David Thompson.
“Squid fishing after midnight in the Gulf of Thailand. Searching for the perfect cut of meat at a Phetchaburi market well before dawn. Finding out the secrets behind that spicy homemade Sriracha sauce and cooking Thailand’s best known street food dishes at scenic sites across the country.Over 13 episodes, renowned chef David Thompson does all of this and much more as he explores Thai Street Food in his own comprehensive, imitable sharing 30 years’ experience the scene.From morning until night, Thompson showcases it all: the markets, curries, lunches, desserts and how Thailand has held onto its traditions while transforming itself into a one of a kind, modern country. It’s a spectacular street savvy feast for the senses…” (Publishers description from Fishpond.co.au)

Cover imageMade in Italy / with Silvia Colloca.
“Silvia Colloca visits three regions of Italy that are close to her heart – Abruzzo, Le Marche and Molise, to re-discover authentic ‘cucina povera’, making healthy, heart-warming food accessible to everyone. Every episode sees Silvia meeting locals, cooking in their kitchens and allowing viewers a peek inside the true Italian secret of la dolce vita. Silvia meets chefs and cooks, who share their culinary delights and takes us back to meet her own family to live, breathe and eat the food culture of everyday Italians.With picture postcard backdrops of piazzas, Roman ruins, villages perched on mountains to the ancient traditions of seaside fishermen, Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca is not just a cooking show; it’s a visual feast for any armchair traveller…” (Publishers description from Fishpond.co.au)

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