Alias Grace (CBC)


Alias Grace (CBC) – Premieres 25th September – Miniseries

Adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel, where after being sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Grace Marks has a group from the Methodist church trying to get her pardoned. To help with their case they employ the help of Dr Jordan, an psychiatrist, to help Grace remember what happened on that day of the killings.

As Jordan tries and fails to get Grace to do general association and talking about her dreams, suspecting she is giving answer she expects him to hear. Jordan makes an arrangement with so they can have their sessions held in the governors mansion when Grace used to work as a way to get her comfortable. There Jordan asks Grace to recount her life story in hope that it will help her remember what happened.

While it’s a slow paced period drama, there’s enough going on to keep you watching.



21 Thunder (CBC)


21 Thunder (CBC) – Premieres 31st July

A sports drama that follows the under-21 team of the Montreal Thunder, that appears to be written by someone with minimal knowledge of football and who has just watched an episode of Dream Team.

After pushing through a signing of an Ivory Coast striker, the under-21 manager who appears to have more control over the team transfer policy than most first team bosses, is given the news that not only has the team signed a problematic Scottish player/coach who is on more money than him. They have also hired the leagues first female coach that the owner describes as a “PR squirtfest”.

Along with the coaching staff shenanigans their star striker is involved in some gangland mishaps leading him to be blackmailed into doing some shady dealings. It’s all pretty ludicrous stuff that barely makes any sense.

It’s a very silly bit of TV that’s somehow sort of watchable in shambolic manner.


Anne (CBC)


Anne (CBC) – Premieres 19th March – Renewed

A remake of Anne of Green Gables, which highlights the problems with clerical errors that the 19th Century adoption processes was riddled with. The Cuthberts, expecting to find an orphaned boy they requested to help with daily shores has not arrived, but instead a small ginger girl with an overactive imagination and the ability to talk non stop was waiting for them.

After a journeying from the town back to the farm Marilla Cuthbert is adamant that Anne must be sent back the next day, ignoring to the nonstop pleading from the redhead youngster. On the journey back Anne talks her Marilla out of sending her back and the head off home to try and make the best of the situation.

Obviously if you’ve seen any of the previous versions of Anne of Green Gables this is exactly the same, it’s one for those that either liked the story, or have a masochistic urge to listen to an endless amount of dialogue, which has the same effect as listening to fingernails running down a blackboard.


Keeping Canada Safe (CBC)


Keeping Canada Safe (CBC) – Premieres 16th March

Using footage filmed over 48 hours in September 2016, this follows the Canadian emergency services going about their daily business. The show following the police, helicopter department and for some reason a local neighbourhood watch type group.

The show links the footage together with narration and the folks being filmed explaining what and how they do their job. And it all comes across as a less eventful blend of Nightwatch and COPS.

It’s some very bland watching.


Canada: The Story Of Us (CBC)


Canada: The Story Of Us (CBC) – Premieres 7th March

Documentary that goes through the history of how Canada was formed from the beginning of French fur traders dealing wth the indigenous people, to France forming the first european settlement in the country, and the British arrival where some top draw bastardry and fighting banished the French.

In it Canadian scholars and celebrities talk about the importance of what happened, along with using dramatisations of the main events.

Even for a historical documentary it’s a bit of a slog to get through.


Bellevue (CBC)


Bellevue (CBC) – Premieres 20th February – Cancelled

Crime drama set in a small Canadian town where after breaking a few rules in a drugs bust Detective Annie Ryder begins work of the case of the disappearance of the towns teenage hockey star.

Suspecting that a peadophile that has recently moved to the area could be involved she confronts him only of him to hand her a note that is similar to the ones she began receiving as a child after her father died.

After solving the riddle that was in the note, it leads Annie to an abandond church which that appears to be set up by the killer taunting to find the kid.

The show has a weird feel to it, as it has the occasional quirkiness of Twin Peaks in places, while merging it with the standard The Killing-esque crime drama vibe. Though while the first ep might not be the most consistent of openers there’s enough there to warrant giving another look.


Pure (CBC)


Pure (CBC) – Premieres 9th January – Cancelled

Mennonite based drama where after being newly ordained as the towns priest and therefore the head of the community, Noah Funk has to deal with the problem that the Epp family are running drugs from Mexico and supplying the town with cocaine.

It starts off with a mennonite family who are drug running being driven off the road by the Epps, where after the believed they massacred the entire family, take the drugs and burn the vehicle. This raises the attention of the neighbouring town where the local booze addled jaded cop starts to piece together what happened. He then tries to get Funk to help him with his investigation but to no avail.

After the son of the murdered family is found and given to Funk, he decides that to keep the lad safe he has to get rid of the Epps, which is does by planting drugs in their house and informing the police. This leads to the Epps to send a message to him that if he wants his family to live then he’ll have to turn a blind eye to what they’re up to.

The show is like watching a take on the Kai Proctor early years in Banshee, though it doesn’t have anywhere near the silliness of the extreme action of it.