Back In Time For Dinner (CBC)

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Back In Time For Dinner (CBC) – Premieres 14th June

Canadian version of the UK show, this follows the Campus family, where they sample what life was like through the decades starting from the 1940’s.

In each episode the family go through a specific decade over the course of the week. And during that period they have to wear clothing of the time, consume the food that was available and adhere to the social norms of the era.

As well as getting the clothes and food supplied, their house is altered to look like one from the period, and can only use the technologies that were available. And during the week the family learn how certain events during that time effected the family life.

For what it is, it’s is an easy bit of background viewing.

4.6/10

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Little Dog (CBC)

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Little Dog (CBC) – Premieres 1st March – Renewed

Canadian comedy that follows Tommy “Little Dog” Ross, a boxer who walked out his title fight half way though the bout, and does his best to become a forgotten man.

This ends five years later when after he leaves his pub on his birthday, he gets videoed taking down two bouncers. The footage manages to end up being played on the news, leading to the boxer he walked out on, RIco St. George, to offer him a championship fight to finally settle who is the better fighter.

As he ponders the offer his family are adamant that he shouldn’t accept as his mother found his failure tarnished the family name, along with his father being imprisoned. After getting numerous members of his family telling him that he shouldn’t do it, Tommy snaps and accepts the challenge on a TV interview.

While the show does have a couple of alright moments in it, it’s a pretty inconsistent bit of comedy where it misses more than it hits. That said it far more accessible and funnier than Crawford.

2.0/10

Caught (CBC)

Caught

Caught (CBC) – Premieres 26th February

A crime drama set in 1978 that follows David Slaney, a convicted drug dealer who manages to escape from prison, and tries to reconnect with his old partner to do one more job.

While David is hiding out in a caravan outside a strip club he manages to get in contact with his partner who brings him into the job he’s working on. As this is happening detective Patterson, who was behind arresting Slaney, tries to sign up promising female detective KC Williams on a case to bring down the drug kingpin Brian Hearn. Who happens to be former partner Slaney has just reconnected with.

After the local strippers inform the cops of Slaneys whereabouts he is the saved from being caught when detective Patterson turns up to whisk him away, where it’s revealed that Slaney is working as informant. Though he discovers that since the police are after him the deal that Patterson has offered isn’t particularly above board.

The show itself is pretty slow going to the point the plot drags along, and with some rushed reveals towards the end of the episode makes it a tough bit of viewing. All in all it’s a disappointing opener.

3.9/10

Crawford (CBC)

Crawford

Crawford (CBC) – Premieres 2nd February 

Comedy set in the Canadian town of Crawford where it follows the family of the former police chief as their home becomes infested with raccoons.

After being woken with what he believes is a home invasion, Owen, who can’t speak due to a bullet wound, sends an alert to the police who accidentally take down his son Kyle. Who has just returned home from tour after his band has split, leaving him in debt to his parents after spending his college tuition on funding the group.

After the police leave, Owen is insistent that he can hear scratching in the walls, where his wife Jill, who along with looking after him is having an open affair, believes he is making it up.

At the same time Kyle is adamant that he is not returning home. Though agrees to stay for a while after listening his younger brother Brian, who has a hatred of bald men due to him beginning to lose his hair, pleads to him to stay, along with his sister Wendy who welcomes his return.

After an incident in a shop that leads to Kyle and Brian being arrested, Owen turns up to smooth out the situation. And when return home Kyle also hears the scratching leading them to find the raccoons and for him to find out that he has a talent with handling the critters.

As comedies go this is weird one, a very weird one. Joke wise there’s not too much going on, and it holds back the main part of the premise until the very end. And even then it doesn’t reveal much, making it the show feels incomplete.

1.8/10

The Detectives (CBC)

TheDetectives

The Detectives (CBC) – Premieres 10th January

A crime docu-series where the detective who led the investigation of a notorious crime is interviewed and narrates how the case was solved.

The programme starts off at the point where the police first arrive at the crime scene, then goes through the main discoveries and how they led the investigation. And then goes all the way through to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.

Along with the interview the programme reenacts what happened throughout the case, similar to the reenactments seen in Wormwood, and also shows some of the actual news footage shown at the time.

For what it is, it’s an interesting watch.

5.7/10

Burden Of Truth (CBC)

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Burden Of Truth (CBC) – Premieres 10th January – Renewed

A drama where after a cheerleader, performing a routine at a football game to celebrate a clearly offside goal, suffers a fit, the medical company that supplied a recently implemented vaccine is called into account.

This leads to lawyer Joanna Hanley, lauded by her perceived lack of conscience, representing the company and having to go back to her home town where the incidents are occurred. There she manages to stop the vaccine clinic from being closed and to get the families of the girls who suffered the seizures to accept a minimal payoff.

After having her diner meal ruined by yet another girl collapsing in fit, she gets her to hospital and finds out that the latest victim didn’t have the vaccination. This discovery gets the medial company off the hook, leaving her bosses delighted and the victims now out of pocket and without a clue to what really happened.

In a fit of conscience, Joanne talks to her old school mate who is representing the girls about how to look into the case and prepares to head back to the city. But after getting more than a few hints that her family isn’t held in the best regard in the town, along with cheerleader telling her that she no longer dreams to become a lawyer after seeing her work. Joanne decides to stay in town and find out what is the real cause of the illness.

As dramas go it’s all pretty lightweight, though watchable enough.

4.8/10

Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC)

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Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC) – Premieres 6th November – Renewed

A private detective show set in 1920’s following Frankie Drake, a daughter of a notorious criminal who uses some some the skills learned from her father to solve cases that the Toronto PD are either oblivious to or don’t want to look into.

The show is the run of the mill whodunnit type affair, but with the way it’s set out gives the feel of something that would only be shown on a Sunday afternoon to pad out the scheduling. It’s all completely inoffensive and kind of forgettable.

3.6/10