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.
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.Continue reading “Review: Hudson & Rex 1×1 (Canada: CityTV)”