Whiskey Cavalier
US TV

Preview: Whiskey Cavalier 1×1 (US: ABC)

In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Ever since James Bond spotted Ursula Andress rising out shimmering Caribbean waters – and left her shaken as well as stirred – the spy genre has been associated with ‘sexy fun times’, as it is officially described. Lots of jetting around to foreign locations and lots of shagging, interspersed with the occasional murder. Sexy fun times.

Of course, once people cottoned on to the idea that women weren’t mere disposable objects, even the Bond movies had to change and try to make their female characters closer to equals.

One of the perennial solutions to this dilemma has been to make the female lead a spy as well. Think The Spy Who Loved Me‘s KGB agent Barbara Bach who knew how to drive Bond’s submersible Lotus Esprit because she’d already stolen the plans and was as liable to kill him as be seduced by him.

The question is how to do all this without removing the chemistry and without duplicating skills, making one of the leads a second-fiddle in the storyline. Here, Whiskey Cavalier actually has a good idea about how to do it – make them work for somewhat morally different services with different remits.

Whiskey Cavalier

Whiskey Cavalier

Despite being on ABC – the home of almost no good action dramas ever – and being a mid-season replacement (usually a sign a show’s not good enough to duke it out with other shows in the fall schedule) and having an eminently stupid name, Whiskey Cavalier is a surprisingly decent comedy spy drama from the sexy fun times sub-genre.

It sees Scott Foley playing a crack FBI agent with a “high emotional quotient”. Well, former crack FBI agent, since his French fiancée dumped him a year ago and he’s still blubbing his eyes out to tearful tunes of an evening.

Soon, this ‘Captain America of the FBI’ is sent on a mission to Moscow to recover former NSA analyst Tyler James Williams (Everyone Hates Chris) who’s stolen a list of CIA agents. There he bumps into tough, morally ambiguous CIA spy Lauren Cohan, who wants to render Williams to a black site for interrogation and is prepared to sabotage Foley’s efforts to do it, even though they’re working for the same side. The two are soon sparring to get control of Williams using their own highly different methods.

And maybe heading towards sexy fun times.

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Morven Christie
BAFTA events

What more TV’s on at BAFTA in March? Including The Bay

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

Only one addition to the March schedule this week, but it’s a Q&A. And in Glasgow! Sure, it’s an ITV show again, so surprise, surprise, is a crime drama. Remember the days when ITV made something other than period dramas, crime dramas and period crime dramas? I’m not sure I do any more.

TV Preview: The Bay + Q&A

Thursday, 14 March 2019 – 6:30pm
Everyman Cinema, Princes Square, Glasgow

New ITV original drama The Bay from award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb) and starring Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement).

When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at a cost.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Morven Christie and Script Executive Sophie Bicknell. Networking drinks in partnership with STV take place in the Everyman bar afterwards.

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Grace Harte acquired; Lawyer X biopic; Cobie Smulders heads to Stumptown; + more

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  • Felix Mallard to recur on Netflix’s Locke & Key
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Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries
Australian and New Zealand TV

Review: Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries 1×1 (Australia: Seven)

In Australia: Thursdays, Seven
In the UK: Not yet acquired, but’ll probably end up on Alibi, Netflix or both

Susan Faludi’s Backlash postulated a ‘sort of two steps forward, one step back’ feminist advancement in society. Feminists would achieve successes and push the envelope of what was acceptable in society – and society would then push back in some way. Everything would move a bit further along in the end, but not through slow and steady advancement.

Oddly, as we learned way back in the depths of the time when TMINE contemplated coming up with an actual list of its best ever TV characters, the 1960s TV show The Avengers provided a nice little example with the slow descent from Cathy Gale to Tara King. Originally, The Avengers had been about two men – surgeon and compassionate amateur sleuth David Keel (Ian Hendry) and ruthless professional spy John Steed (Patrick Macnee).

But when Hendry left to seek his fortune in the movies, the writers had to find a replacement. They trialled three characters, including another doctor Martin King (Jon Rollason) and nightclub singer Venus Smith (Julie Stevens), but it was anthropologist Dr Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), her ‘kinky boots’ and her very real judo, who proved to be the standout hit that turned The Avengers from a successful show into a phenomenon.

Of course, eventually it was Blackman’s turn to leave and become Pussy Galore on the Bond movie Goldfinger, so the writers looked for a new replacement. One that could still do all that fighting, albeit faux kung fu rather than judo. But one who was a bit less strident. A bit less abrasive and confrontational. One with a bit more fashion sense. One with – dare one say it? – ‘man appeal’. Hmm. M Appeal. That sounds handy.

And thus Mrs ‘Emma Peel’ (Diana Rigg) was born. Ultimately, Bond movies beckoned for Rigg, too, with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and she in turn was replaced by Tara King (Linda Thorson), a young secret agent trainee besotted with Steed and thus even less confrontational and whose fighting style was a little less scary, a bit more feminine, a little bit more hair-pully. The descent was complete.

And so was the show’s. Because ultimately, what had made it popular was female strength and King didn’t really have it, thanks to the male writers’ own backlash against what they had created. Thorson? Never got a Bond movie.

Ms Fisher and Steed
Ms Fisher and Steed

Ms Fisher’s Backlash

Why do I mention all this in a review of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, a spin-off from massively popular Australia crime drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, in which a sophisticated, smart woman solved crimes using her brain and skills.

No reason. Not all. Apart from the fact it’s set in the 1960s and has its heroine paired with someone with the name ‘J Steed’. Why? Did you think I was maybe suggesting something? Actually, you might be right…

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Young Sheldon
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Young Sheldon renewed; The Play That Goes Wrong TV show; + more

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  • Trailer for Netflix’s After Life
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  • Netflix green lights: ‘love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown’ drama Hollywood…
  • adaptation of Maggie Friedman’s Firefly Lane
  • Amazon acquires: Pantaya’s El Juego de las Llaves (The Game of Keys)

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  • Trailer for season 2 of Fox International’s Deep State, plus Walton Goggins joins

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  • Leah Pipes to recur, Tyler Blackburn to guest on The CW’s Charmed

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