Second Sight

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  • 2000
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.2  (1,003)

Second Sight is a British crime drama television series that aired in 1999 on BBC One. The show's lead protagonist is Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner, portrayed by the critically acclaimed actor Clive Owen. The series follows Tanner, a detective in the London Metropolitan Police, as he faces the challenge of investigating difficult crimes while dealing with his rare eyesight condition - a progressive disability that renders him blind in some instances.

The pilot episode revolves around Tanner's investigation of a series of murders in which a young boy who is the sole survivor has witnessed the killer. What initially appears to be an open-and-shut case quickly turns complex, as Tanner's condition further deteriorates, making him increasingly reliant on his other senses. Despite his struggle, Tanner is not one to give up. He proves himself to be a brilliant detective with a sharp mind and a dogged determination to solve the case in spite of his challenging disability.

The show's premise is intriguing and captivating. The disability of Tanner adds an element of uniqueness to the regular crime thriller format, and the audience gets a fascinating view into the detective's life, both professionally and personally. His deteriorating eyesight also serves to highlight the vulnerabilities of law enforcement officials and shows how they overcome it to solve challenging cases.

The supporting cast of the show is exceptional, with Claire Skinner playing the role of Tanner's psychiatrist, Dr. Catherine Tully. Dr. Tully is Tanner's emotional anchor and one of the few people who knows about his condition. She supports him through his difficult cases and helps him confront his disability's emotional and psychological effects.

In addition to Dr. Tully, Tanner has to navigate the complicated relationships within his team. Detective Sergeant Boyd, played by Liam Cunningham, is a loyal but highly cynical team member who shares a prickly relationship with Tanner. On the other hand, Detective Inspector Catherine Bordey, played by Saskia Reeves, is a more supportive character who becomes Tanner's ally in his quest for justice.

The episodic format of Second Sight means that each episode presents a new case. However, the overarching story of Tanner's condition progresses from episode to episode, making his character's journey highly engaging. The show's writing is top-notch, combining intriguing storylines with excellent character development. The twists in the storyline come not just from the crime itself but also from Tanner's limited vision, which leads him to perceive and analyze a crime scene very differently from other investigators.

Besides the excellent acting and writing, the show's production values are also top-notch. The cinematography captures London's gritty streets perfectly, and the show's sound design helps the audience relate to Tanner's struggles through his limited perception. The show's opening credits with its haunting music sets the tone for the show, adding an element of mystery and anticipation that keeps the audience intrigued.

In conclusion, Second Sight is a captivating crime-thriller with a unique premise that stands out in the genre. Clive Owen gives an exceptional performance as the lead character, and the supporting cast is equally strong. The writing, cinematography, sound design, and direction add to the show's intensity, making it a must-watch for fans of crime thrillers. While the show is almost 20 years old now, it remains relevant and enjoyable, offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a disabled detective who does not let his limitations stop him from fulfilling his duty.

Second Sight is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 2000.

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Kingdom of the Blind (Part Two)
6. Kingdom of the Blind (Part Two)
February 6, 2001
Drawn further into a climate of organized crime and murder, Tanner must discover the truth about community leader Ben Harris. Increasingly alienated from his team, Tanner faces the growing suspicion that there is an insider on the unit and with his lifelines used up, he must face the last enemy alone.
Kingdom of the Blind (Part One)
5. Kingdom of the Blind (Part One)
February 5, 2001
The discovery of the battered body of Ben Harris, a black community leader, pitches Tanner into a frightening climate of prejudice and bigotry. DS Jane Chancellor (Lesley Vickerage) seconded to the unit gets a second chance to prove herself to Tanner as he faces the growing mistrust of the team.
Parasomnia (Part Two)
4. Parasomnia (Part Two)
January 30, 2001
With all the evidence seeming to confirm that Kerry Roddam murdered her fiance on his stag night, another seemingly motiveless killing draws Tanner into a world where dreams and reality conflict.
Parasomnia (Part One)
3. Parasomnia (Part One)
January 29, 2001
On the morning her fiance is found bludgeoned to death in his flat after his stag night, Kerry (Josephine Butler), daughter of powerful Lord Roddam (Michael Kitchen), awakes at her home, covered in blood but adamant she has been asleep all night.
Hide and Seek (Part Two)
2. Hide and Seek (Part Two)
January 23, 2001
Tanner is convinced that the key to solving the vicious murder of Vicky Ingham is her young son. Tanner's extraordinary plan creates conflicts within his handpicked team that threatens to overwhelm him.
Hide and Seek (Part One)
1. Hide and Seek (Part One)
January 22, 2001
The unsolved murder of pop violinist Vicky Ingham is the first case for the elite new Special Murder Unit headed by DCI Ross Tanner (Clive Owen). With Tanner struggling to conceal his failing eyesight from the team, DI Catherine Tully (Claire Skinner) riskily oversteps her authority leaving him professionally and emotionally exposed.
Where to Watch Second Sight
Second Sight is available for streaming on the Acorn TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Second Sight on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (1,003)