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October 20, 2015

Review: The Romeo Section 1x1 (Canada: CBC)

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The Romeo Section

In Canada: Wednesdays, 9pm, CBC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

If there's one thing Canadians can't seem to get enough of, it seems to be spy shows. Whether it's as a stupid comedy (Insecurity), a reasonably smart cross-border politicking drama (The Border), or as a very smart undercover cop show (Intelligence), sneakiness and lies have been a mainstay of Canada's TV output for the best part of a decade. 

In part, that's down to Chris Haddock, the Canadian writer/producer behind cop shows Da Vinci's Inquest, Da Vinci's Town Hall and CBS's The Handler, who first launched the genre in Canada with the slow-moving Intelligence. He's now back in the game with The Romeo Section, an even slower-moving spy show. 

It stars the inexplicably Glaswegian Andrew Airlie as the equally inexplicably named Wolfgang McGee, a globe-trotting Vancouver university professor who runs 'the Romeo Section' - a group of male and female undercover spies involved in sexy time with various intelligence targets, international and domestic. It's their job to inflitrate the Triads, crime rings, cartels and other criminal groups, to get the information Canada needs to destroy them.

To get them to do this, Airlie goes around Hong Kong and Vancouver, visiting shops, libraries, dark gloomy places, racetracks and numerous other places, where he has mumbly, Glaswegian-accented conversations with people that are so arch, you can't tell if it's bad writing or some kind of spy code. Then he goes away again, information gathered, so he can brood back in his office or mumble with his handler (Eugene Lipinski from Intelligence, Da Vinci's Town Hall et al, but also the original BBC Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), while his assets go off and have more sexy times. Main asset is the conflicted and bearded Juan Riedinger (Narcos), who spends a lot of his time shagging mental mob wife Stephanie Bennett (UnREAL, iZombie).

The whole show has the veneer of quality and intelligence, except it's one of those veneers where you assume that it's good and intelligent because nothing much happens for great long chunks of time and no one talks above a whisper, not because it's telling you anything you don't know or because of the gripping plot and characters. Not by a long chalk is this another Rubicon. You want it to be Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but I'm about 90% sure it's actually A Bit of Fry & Laurie.

It's not badly written, it does avoid the excesses of a lot of spy shows, it does have some smarts to it and I'm sure it'll have its proponents and fans, who'll be addicted by episode eight, when something might actually have happened. But I won't be sticking around until then, I'm afraid.


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October 31, 2012

A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie: the right and the wrong way to deal with trick or treaters

Posted on October 31, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

Making a brief return for Halloween, it's "A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie", with Stephen and Hugh here showing us both the right and the wrong way to deal with trick or treaters on All Hallow's Eve.

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May 23, 2012

A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie - The Final Three

Posted on May 23, 2012 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

As you may have guessed from the launch of 'The Wednesday Play' earlier today, 'A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie' is coming to an end today – if you like something here, remember to leave a comment or 'like' it or it might go away (particularly if I'm running out of YouTube vids). I asked if anyone had any requests for the final video, and Aaron responded – although he couldn't decide which of three he'd like.

So here we go:

The Bishop and the Warlord… the sequel, which sees Hugh Laurie deploying his pre-House 'American' accent

Shoe brothel

And Gelliant Gutfright presents…

Of course, if you all still really love 'A bit of A Bit of Fry and Laurie', I'll move it to Tuesday. Or Friday. Let me know.

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