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The Ghost Squad 

Ghost Squad is an unofficial top secret Internal Affairs unit that recruits former police officers who've proved their honesty during their service and sends them undercover to investigate and root out corruption within the police.

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Tom Grieves
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Series cast summary:
Elaine Cassidy ...  Detective Amy Harris 7 episodes, 2005
Emma Fielding ...  Detective Superintendent Carole McKay 7 episodes, 2005
Jonas Armstrong ...  Pete Maitland 7 episodes, 2005
James Weber Brown ...  Deputy Asst. Commissioner Robert Townsend 3 episodes, 2005
Michael Thompson Michael Thompson ...  Cid officer 2 episodes, 2005
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Ghost Squad is an unofficial top secret Internal Affairs unit that recruits former police officers who've proved their honesty during their service and sends them undercover to investigate and root out corruption within the police.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(8 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The Ghost Squad was an undercover unit formed to investigate police corruption. After complaints from police officers it was officially disbanded in 1998 but rumours of its existence continue. See more »

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Compelling stories and acting, marginal production values
4 March 2006 | by terim-1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this 8 part series, largely due to the lead character's convincing evolution from episode to episode. It is not light stuff, and the good cop bad cop plots tackle serious issues of law enforcement ethics and the slippery morality of undercover "internal affairs" cops. Though the lead good cop, played by Elaine Cassidy, succeeds in most of her missions, the result is rarely satisfying to the character or the audience, as tragically flawed cops get caught in traps and slippery career-minded superiors operate behind the scenes. Cassidy is quite good, creating a character who progresses from gung-ho righteousness to grim determination; she is both manipulated and manipulating.

In some ways, the blurry morality and internal affairs theme reminds me of The Shield. For an American who doesn't watch a whole lot of British cop TV, it also provided an interesting insight into police work on that side of the pond. Unfortunately, the photography and editing can be distractingly bad, and yet the excellent acting and thought provoking perspective on police ethics more than make up for technical shortcomings. Kudos especially to Cassidy, who has proved herself an astonishingly versatile actress in recent years.


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