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Single-Handed is a dark Irish miniseries about a police officer operating in rural western Ireland.
Sergeant Jack Driscoll of the Garda Síochána (Irish police) returns to his small hometown to take over from his retiring father, a former Garda and slowly begins to unravel the web of corruption and crime infesting the area.
Three two-episode, single-story series aired on RTÉ One, one each on consecutive nights in 2007, 2008 and 2009. A six-part series started airing in November 2010. In a very rare example of an Irish series being sold abroad Single-Handed was aired on British network ITV in August 2009, repackaged as double-length, two-hour episodes on three consecutive Sundays. The fourth series capitalised on this by telling it's story in three sets of two-parters, with with the a-story resolved after each two and a b-story stretching across the series.
This show provides examples of:
- Downer Ending
- Incest Is Relative
- Irish Travellers
- Police Procedural
- Real Is Brown: The palette is muted to say the least.
- Scenery Porn: This is one seriously beautiful police drama.