Daily Picks M Magazine May 26 – Saturday
If it weren’t for such a commitment to silliness, this Elizabethan-themed detective series would be tricky to pull off. As it is, it is a burst of joy in the British bucolic whodunit scene. The PI odd couple (Mark Benton and Jo Joyner) make their return with a case involving the missing pampered pooch of a dead eccentric billionaire. There’s no holding back on the canine puns.
DISNEYNATURE: MONKEY KINGDOM
Given the Disney treatment, a documentary about macaque monkeys becomes an absorbing fairytale for an audience raised on Frozen. Evidently narrated by an actual Disney princess, the rags-to-riches story of a plucky female monkey, born at the bottom of the social hierarchy distracts from all the educational stuff. So sharp is the editing, it’s easy to believe it’s all true. Even if poetic licence was liberally applied, it’s a clever way to introduce the wonders of wildlife.
Double episode ***
Don’t be lulled into the sense of relief that washes over the crews in the first half of this episode. Sure, two of the first three call-outs are less serious than reported, and although another is depressing, at least it doesn’t look like an immediate emergency. As can be the case on a real night shift, the worst is yet to come. The call centre team conveys with their faces the emotional toll.
Bridget McManus is a television writer and critic for Green Guide. She was deputy editor of Green Guide from 2006 to 2010 and now also writes features and interviews for Life & Style in The Saturday Age and M magazine in The Sunday Age.