Created by Stephen Butchard
"I just can't walk away."
Don't believe them for a second.
Vincent was oceans away from the cute and cuddly feel-good detective shows from the USA Network that were so popular for a while. No, Vincent was a dark, noir-tinged slice of drama that used murder, not as a convenient plot point to set up some light-hearted schtick, but as a reminder of the true hurt we inflict -- intentionally or otherwise -- on the people we love.
Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, The Departed) played VINCENT GALLAGHER, a heavy-set, middle-aged ex-cop now running a Manchester detective agency like his life depends on it. And maybe it does.
He's a broken, lonely man, going through a bitter divorce, still carrying a torch for his ex-wife and throwing himself recklessly into his work, mostly "insurance fraud and matrimonials" -- a stubborn, brooding workaholic ("I can't just walk away") who may or may not have a screw or two loose. It certainly doesn't help that his clients too often have problems uncannily similar to his own. As a result, he's having problems maintaining any sort of professional distance -- something that hasn't escaped the attention of the other members of the small agency, particulalry his long-suffering partner Beth.
Also along for the ride are keener junior op Robert; office secretary Gillian and John, a senior investigator -- a compelling and richly developed cast of characters who are there to do more than play straight men to the lead.
Vincent is an undeniably dark ride, and yet ultimately compelling; a private eye drama for adults -- and so far, one of the best of the new millenium.
-- message on Vincent's answering machine
-- Vincent defends his job
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