Plot: What’s it about?
Des (David Jason) is a master of disguise, able to take on the look of almost anyone, in any profession. This skill is put to use often by Des, who uses his disguises to carry out his various criminal enterprises. He is always on the watch for chances to score gold, artwork, jewels, or plain old cash, by whatever means available. In other words, Des is a con-man and in his long life, he has been able to fine tune and perfect his craft. So while he might look like a kind old man, Des’ mind is razor sharp and he is able to pull off even the most complicated heists. Whatever the situation, even if Des finds himself locked up behind bars, he knows how to use his surroundings to his advantage. But how much longer can Des manage to evade the authorities and when his son returns into his life, how will Des’ life be impacted?
Rough Diamond is a solid throwback show, reminding us of how classy and skilled British criminals can be. Of course, with Jason David in the lead, the show has instant credibility and his performance is terrific. In truth, the writing in Rough Diamond is a little convenient, setting up elaborate situations that often require a lot of suspension of disbelief. I expected a little stretch of course, but even so, this show asks us to really forgive the coincidences. But the show is still fun to watch and Jason carries the series with his on screen presence. He is able to play off his costars well and bring his role to life with great success, his performance alone is reason enough to check out Rough Diamond. So in the end, while the writing is on the preposterous side, the show is fun to watch and well worth a rental.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I was impressed by how good this show looks, as so many of these British mystery shows don’t look good on home video. Of course, this is a very recent series and I am sure that is a big factor as to why the visuals are so superb. The show doesn’t have the slick texture of some shows but it looks impressive and fans should be pleased. The image has good detail depth, colors are bright and natural, and contrast performs well, so all the way around, this show looks terrific here
Audio: How does it sound?
A basic, but effective stereo soundtrack has been provided. I do want to note this show has some thick accents, so unless you’re a veteran of British television, you might miss a lot here. But if you’ve seen a fair volume of British shows, you should be able to understand most of what is said. Aside from the accents, the audio here is just fine, with well handled dialogue, sound effects, and music elements. Not a whole lot more that can be said here, this show only needs a basic soundtrack and the audio sounds quite good in this release.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes some text interviews and profiles on prominent cast members.