Season one box set

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, Elishia Cuthbert & Sarah Clarke
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP 39.99
Certificate: 15
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Set on the day of the Californian Presidential elections, Jack Bauer of the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) must foil an assassination attempt on presidential candidate Senator David Palmer, and to rebuild his marriage with his wife Terri. When their daughter Kimberly sneaks out with her best friend, Terri sets out to find her. In the meantime, Jack has been framed for the assassination attempt and flees the CIA agents to find the real perpetrators led by Ira Gaines. The plot thickens as revelations about Senator Palmer's family arise and Terri's hunt for Kimberly gets more dangerous. Jack becomes incapacitated and only has his mobile phone and the help of his trusted colleague at CTU Nina Myers to help him...

Season one of 24 stars Keifer Sutherland as special agent Jack Bauer in this filmed in real-time drama series.

After the real life events of 11 September 2001, this drama hits a little too close to home at times. But with America and the UK on heightened terrorist alerts a drama revolving around the CTU may well help to calm the publics fears about any real life threat.

Sutherland is perfect as the head of CTU. And this plot has many twist and turns giving the viewer a heightened sense of paranoia - we are never really sure who is working for which side.

Every parent's worst nightmare is also realised as Jack's daughter is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to switch sides. This plot development was also meant to wrap the whole production up when the producers where unsure whether the series would go the full 24 episodes. So by the half way point the story is told and it was down to the writers to come up with another plot which tied in with the first. This they seem to have managed as well as can be expected.

This five VHS box set contains all 24 episodes from the series plus the show's alternate ending and a season two preview.

A fantastic first season.

Amber Leigh

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