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Review: Hudson & Rex 1×1 (Canada: CityTV)

In Canada: Mondays, 8/7c, CityTV

For those of us growing up in the 70s and 80s, there was only one real Canadian TV show of note (or indeed one that aired at all in the UK): The Littlest Hobo. It was a jaunty, Lassie-esque affair married with the ‘wandering hero’ theme of shows such as The Fugitive, The Invaders and The Incredible Hulk, in which a homeless German Shepherd wanders from Canadian town to Canadian town, using its colossal intellect for a multitude of philanthropic ends and to solve all manner of crimes.

The Littlest Hobo

Running between 1979 and 1985 in Canada, the show left a lasting memory in the UK collective unconsciousness, and judging from the likes of Cavendish, the Canadian group mind, too.

It might also explain why Canada is now one of the few countries on Earth to remake Austria’s Kommissar Rex, in which a policeman and his multi-talented police dog solve crimes together:

Hudson & Rex

In contrast to Austria’s somewhat jokey comedy-drama Kommissar Rex, CityTV’s Hudson & Rex is a far more po-faced affair that seems to think that it’s a plain old police procedural… that just happens to co-star a dog. It stars John Reardon as a ‘cunning’ major crimes detective for the St John’s Police Department who teams up with German Shepherd Rex (Diesel von Burgimwald – no, really: they even have ‘introducing Diesel von Burgimwald’ in the titles).

Rex’s heightened senses keep Reardon hot on the trail of his suspects and together, they investigate puzzling crimes, from a kidnapping which reveals a much larger conspiracy at play to an art theft murder which runs deep into the world of high society. With Charlie’s deft detective work and Rex’s keen canine senses, this crime-fighting pair is unstoppable.

From the CityTV web site

To be fair, CityTV does bill the show as ‘lighthearted’ so it’s not intended to be 100% serious. But in terms of actual humour, the most I could detect from it are attempts to basically be The Littlest Hobo. I think that might actually be the joke.

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What (more) TV’s on at the BFI in April? Including The Virtues

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

One more new one for April, following on from last week’s addition to the timetable.

TV Preview: The Virtues

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new Channel 4 drama followed by a Q+A with writer and director Shane Meadows, co-writer Jack Thorne, actors Stephen Graham, Niamh Algar and Helen Behan plus producer and Warp Films joint CEO, Mark Herbert. Hosted by Terri White, Editor-in-Chief, Empire Magazine.

From BAFTA winner Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes), The Virtues follows Joseph (Stephen Graham), a barely on-the-wagon alcoholic whose precarious reality is knocked for six when his ex-partner moves abroad with their young son to Australia, for a better life.

With no immediate family to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to forget – if not actively obscure with drink and drugs. Suffering the hangover from hell – the dry spell over – he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system that he’s had to forget.

The four part series is directed by Shane Meadows and co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, National Treasure). With Stephen Graham in the lead role, the cast also includes Helen Behan (This is England ‘88 & ’90), Niamh Algar (Pure, The Bisexual), Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) and Mark O’Halloran (RTÉ’s Prosperity).

The series was produced by Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault and is overseen by C4’s Head of C4 Drama, Caroline Hollick. It is a Warp Films and Big Arty production.

BAFTA will show the first two episodes of the series. With thanks to Channel 4.

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Boxset Monday: The OA – Part II (Netflix)

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When The OA first came to Netflix, it was to minimal fanfare. Just as Stranger Things came to us with almost no publicity, so The OA came with a not especially informative trailer and a title and that was about it.

Then, of course, we got to watch them and marvel in projects that at times bordered on genius. The first season of The OA wasn’t exactly plain sailing or without its ups and downs, however. Indeed, it took me a little while to get through all the episodes, rather than just boxsetting them (episode reviews: 1, 2-4, 5-8).

But Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s story about a blind girl (Marling) who disappeared and then reappeared seven years later, her sight restored, and now claiming to be ‘The OA’ (the original angel), was nevertheless a stunningly original piece of work, unlike pretty much anything you’ll see on TV, outside David Lynch’s most auteured piece. In parts supernatural, in parts fairy tale, it was a musing on a musing on the power of storytelling – and of the need to tell stories – as well as of art, music, dance, nature, life, love, masculinity, femininity and more.

The ending, however, wasn’t so much ambiguous as diminishing, suggesting that the whole thing was just made up by The OA based on things she’d seen and read, in the style of The Usual Suspects.

Marling also suggested that she hadn’t even considered a second season and that was that for the story – until the show’s success inevitably resulted in its renewal.

Britt Marling in Netflix’s The OA

A fairytale sequel

What then for season two – or Part II as it now is? How do you create a sequel to a fairy tale? And how do you do it when you no longer have the element of surprise, as you did with your first season?

As you might expect, Marling’s answer is not whatever answer you just came up with but is something staggeringly different. Indeed, there’s one key line in Part II that sums it up: “I think logic is over-rated.”

And I mean that in a good way, because in terms of ideas, I’d say Britt Marling is the closest we now have to a young, female David Lynch. Or maybe David Lynch is just the older male version of Marling.

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