Life of Crime

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (736)

Life of Crime is a British crime drama that aired on BBC in 2013. The show follows the life of WPC Denise Woods, played by Hayley Atwell, who is a detective in the Metropolitan Police in the 1980s. The show is set in London during the time of rampant crime and violence, and Woods is determined to put a stop to it.

As the show begins, Woods is assigned to join the team led by DS Ray Deans, played by Richard Coyle. The team is responsible for investigating some of the most heinous crimes in the city. Deans is not particularly happy about having to work with a woman, but Woods quickly proves herself to be a capable and skilled detective.

Woods' first case involves the murder of a young woman who was found dead in her flat. The team soon discovers that the victim was a prostitute, and that her death is most likely linked to the serial killer who has been terrorizing the city. The investigation is further complicated by the fact that the victim's best friend is a major suspect in the case.

While working on the case, Woods must also deal with the sexism and discrimination she faces as a woman in a male-dominated field. She is constantly underestimated and belittled by her male colleagues, but she remains resilient and dedicated to her job.

In addition to Woods and Deans, the team also includes DCI Ferguson, played by Con O'Neill. Ferguson is a tough and experienced detective who often clashes with the younger and more idealistic Woods. However, the two eventually develop a grudging respect for each other as they work together to solve the case.

As the team investigates the serial killer, they also become involved in other cases, including a bank robbery and a drug bust. These cases provide a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of London in the 1980s and show how crime is affecting the city and its citizens.

Throughout the show, Atwell's portrayal of Woods is both tough and vulnerable. She is a complex character who is willing to go to great lengths to solve a case, even if it means putting herself in danger. Coyle's performance as Deans is equally impressive, and he brings a certain charm and wit to the role.

The supporting cast also deserves recognition, particularly Hassell as Gary Nash, a petty criminal who becomes involved in the team's investigations, and Drew as Beverley Reid, a journalist who helps Woods and her team with their cases. Beckett, Jones, Rossi, Panthaki, and McCabe also give strong performances as various suspects and witnesses in the cases the team investigates.

Overall, Life of Crime is a compelling and well-crafted crime drama that sheds light on the challenges faced by women in law enforcement in the 1980s. The show is gritty and realistic, and it does not shy away from depicting the violence and corruption that were rampant in the city at that time. At the same time, it is also a character-driven show that explores the personal lives of the detectives and how their work affects them.

Life of Crime is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on May 10, 2013.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 24, 2013
It's 2013 and DCI Denise Woods is no interviewing for the position of Superintendent. At the same time, the case of a murdered girl called Joanna Andrews flags up the same 'unknown' DNA from 1985 and 1997.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 17, 2013
It's 1997, and Denise is now a successful DI ideally placed to climb the ranks. Denise' world is turned upside down when forensic evidence on a new case is cross-checked on the DNA database and matches unknown samples found on Amy Reid in 1985.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
May 10, 2013
It's 1985 and Denise Woods starts life as an idealistic young WPC for the Metropolitan Police, she quickly becomes emotionally involved in the rape and murder of Fifteen-year-old Amy Reid, whom she happened to meet the night before she was killed.
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Life of Crime is available for streaming on the BBC Worldwide website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Life of Crime on demand at Amazon Prime and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 10, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (736)