Last Outpost (Discovery)

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Last Outpost (Discovery) – Premieres 17th April

A show that goes along the same lines as Last Stop Garage, this follows the owners of Alaskan garage, CT Mad Mods, Clint and Todd as they go about making custom vehicles for folks.

In the programme Clint and Todd meet up with a local that need a vehicle made to suit their specific needs that can cope with the Alaskan terrain and climate. So the pair come up with an idea and agree payment in either cash or a trade of goods. From the there the duo being salvaging parts of other machines to be used in the vehicles creation.

During the build the Clint and Todd take what they’ve made and try to test it till it breaks, by either using it themselves, or subjecting one of their workers to an unsuspecting test. Then after everything passes their standards they add the finishing touches and reveal it to the new owner.

For what it is, this is more in line with car shows like Car Saviours but without the lavish outlay on new parts. That said it’s not too bad a way to burn 45 minutes, mainly for the Scrapyard Challenge-esque bodging together of old vehicles.

3.7/10

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It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

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It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

When finding out that his grandfather is the serial killer Ed Edwards, Wayne Wolfe stumbles across the website run by former detective John Cameron who believes his grandfather is responsible for more unsolved cases.

After meeting up with John, Wayne is shown Camerons research that links his grandfather to the killings of The Black Dahlia, Laci Peterson, JonBenet Ramsey, Teresa Halbach, The Atlanta Child Murders and also states that he was the The Zodiac Killer.

While Wayne is skeptical about what he is told, he heads out with John to visit the places around the states where John believes Edwards was involved in the murders. While there they talk to the families of the victims, and meet up with some of Waynes extended family that he didn’t know existed.

During the programme as John is trying to find evidence that finally links Edwards to the cases he believes he is responsible for, Wayne is trying to piece together his grandfathers life. Where he ponders on the thought that the behaviour may be hereditary, and trying to find out what his and his own fathers lives would have been like if Edwards had stayed with his grandmother.

As crime documentaries go the theories used in this one are tenuous at best, though begins to show how Cameron destroyed his own career working on them. And though the basis of the programme is ridiculous, it is an alright bit of viewing but probably not in the way the people who made it intended it to be.

4.5/10

My House (Viceland)

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My House (Viceland) – Premieres 25th April

A docu-series that looks into the New York vogue ballroom scene. In it follows four of the dancers that compete in it along with one of the commentators, a MC that presides of the competition.

In the show it kicks off describing what the vogue ballroom actually is, basically a dance off that involves a shitload of sub-categories. Where dancers who belong to different groups, also known as houses, that have a particular style go against each other.

As the programme follows four of the dancers in the build up to one of the upcoming balls, they talk about how they got into ballroom and and how it has helped them personally. All of which is narrated and joined together by the commentator who explains the terminology and the general rules of the event.

As docu-series go there’s not really that much going on, and while the commentator is the most interesting character in the show, the dancers they’re following don’t seem to add much to the programme. Altogether it’s some pretty bland viewing.

2.5/10

Southern Charm: New Orleans (Bravo)

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Southern Charm: New Orleans (Bravo) – Premieres 15th April

More reality TV tedium with another Southern Charm spin off to go alongside Southern Charm Savannah. In this version it follows six friends, some of which are married to each other, as they go about doing New Orlean stuff in New Orleans.

Along with that there are the usual relationship problems and the almost constant get togethers where they talk about their lives, and not much else. It’s a standard bit of by the numbers reality television that is beyond tedious.

0.8/10

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO)

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO) – Premieres 14th April – Miniseries

A two-part documentary about Elvis Presley where it looks at the music that influenced him, how he used aspects of them in his act and how his career developed.

As the documentary follows Elvis throughout his life it uses archival footage of him along with interviews from Priscilla Presley and family friends, through to historians and fellow musicians that are used to narrate Elvis’ life.

As music documentaries go it’s an in depth and interesting watch. And even if you’re not into the work of Elvis it’s still something that would keep your attention.

/10

Animal PD (Nat Geo Wild)

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Animal PD (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 14th April

A show that follows the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, as they respond to calls about neglected, abandoned or dangerous animals along with the Alaqua Animal Refuge.

In the programme it shows the sheriffs office as they are called out to assess an animal based situation involving neglectful owners, where give them an ultimatum to improve the conditions or have their animals confiscated. Along with this it also shows the Animal Refuge rescuing some abandoned animals.

After dealing with the call outs it then follows the Animal Refuge as they treat the animals saved back to health, before returning to the main case to see if the conditions set by the sheriff’s department have been fulfilled.

The programme is similar to The Guardians in the way it highlights animal mistreatment, but instead of following a volunteer organisation shows the procedures used by the police.

It’s one for those that the enjoy shows like The Guardians, When Nature Calls & Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue.

2.7/10

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO)

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Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO) – Premieres 13th April

A comedy current affairs show hosted by Wyatt Cenac, where he goes through some of the issues that are effecting people in the US.

The main difference from this to the other similar comedy shows is that there is no audience during the between segment bits, leaving Cenac doing his thing on a set that looks like it’s from a 70’s science programme. Though with the actual segments he goes through are more in the vein of Last Week Tonight, than The Daily Show.

While show is like a more serious version of Last Week Tonight in the way the main segment of the show is put together and delivered. It still has some funny moments in it and is a decent enough watch.

4.6/10