Scott & Bailey? 45 minute episodes. The first one's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yllFSXiolCc
What I wrote about it:
For those of you in the US who have been longing to see the British police procedural Scott & Bailey, the first two seasons are now available on Hulu:http://www.hulu.com/scott-and-bailey
It's a police procedural that takes police procedure seriously. I just rewatched season one of Durham County too, and if anyone grabbed a witness, shoved a photo of the prime suspect in their face, and demanded, "What about this guy? Did you see him?" on Scott & Bailey, it would have been a plot point that that cop just made that witness's evidence unusable.
One of the great pleasures of watching these police officers build good cases by following the rules is watching Janet Scott's interrogations. She doesn't use the Reid technique that we often see in American cop shows. I assume she's using the PEACE model.
No Smurfettes. Three main characters, all women. Real working relationships and real friendships, just like real life. Sometimes the friendships and working relationships affect each other badly, just like real life.
No torture porn, not even the kind that only lingers on the victim's fear, or the aftermath of the crime. We see the officers looking at terrible things, and hear them talking about them, but the camera mostly does not look directly at terrible things.
Except. Here's the bad part. In order to make it juicy enough for television, each season has a plot that makes one of the main characters a crime victim, and in each of those plots we get to watch the main character suffer and fear death.
I'd like to see them get a fourth season and figure out what to do instead. I do think the three seasons that exist are really good television.
If you would like to check out the pretty first, go here: http://nomorecasualty.livejournal.com/94979.html
Not just the collage she labelled FACES but pretty much all of them make me say yes I want to see what story led up to those faces yes!