Randall and Hopkirk (Revived)

It seems that Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is getting itself an American makeover. Having been an ITV series way back in the late sixties and then on the BBC from the year 2000 the show about two detectives, one of which is dead, is potentially to be made for the Syfy network in America.

The pilot is being written and executive produced by alums from Scrubs and American Dad so the series, while being an hour long buddy-cop style drama, is certainly being treated as a comedy. As close to Psych as they can get it the better.

The Syfy network has a murky history of original productions as their numerous mini-series and TV movies are a testament to. However in their long list of sloppy television sits the late and great Battlestar Galactica series that demonstrated that TV remakes and Syfy originals can be truly fantastic.

I know I’ll at least give it a try.

Cemetery Junction – Review

Cemetery Junction is a bit of an odd bird and I’m not quite sure how to review it. Genre-wise it is definitely a mix between comedy and drama, the comedy elements providing a welcome release from the occasionally bleak themes in the film.

Cemetery Junction looks down on everyday small town life and the small cruelties within families while inspiring escapism and the desire for getting something more out of life. It does so with some truly affecting moments and is interspersed with moments of real laugh out loud delight. The film is Gervais light, though perhaps not light enough as some of the dialogue is jarringly Ricky-esque and his character’s few brief appearances didn’t sit well with the rest of the film.

Though its story is a simple one I enjoyed watching it unfold; the film felt warm and real. The lead, Christian Cooke, easily draws you in with the silent horror he feels at the world he lives in and the soundtrack made me instantly nostalgic for a time I never lived in. In fact Cooke really impressed, especially for someone whose CV so far includes Echo Beach, Demons and Trinity, all bad ITV shows.

Cemetery Junction is certainly not a high concept film and doesn’t take you anywhere you wouldn’t expect but is an enjoyable experience and different to most modern British films. Instead it had the scent of older UK cinema and I can’t help but imagine that it would have starred a young Michael Cane if made at the time it was set.

Ultimately I think I could happily watch Cemetery Junction again, and not just to see the lovely Felicity Jones once more.

The Bill Ends After 27 Years

ITV is to finish up long running police drama The Bill this autumn after 27 years and a steady decline in viewers.

Up until recently The Bill was a glorified soap but was redesigned last year for a later time slot and fewer episodes. From what I saw the results were impressive with more time spent on the shows appearance and an all round higher quality show. Sadly the experiment failed as viewing figures didn’t rise and so Sun Hill police station will be closing its doors.

In the 9pm slots left vacant ITV will produce more of its short drama series which are on the whole not very good. ITV is quickly becoming a channel ruled by reality TV and magazine shows. Coronation Street is one of the few long running shows to remain after Heartbeat was also axed a few years ago, let’s not even talk about Emmerdale.

I look forward to lots of The Bill actors suddenly popping up on Eastenders and Casualty even more frequently than they do already.