Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC)

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Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC) – Premieres 6th November

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

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The Great Canadian Bake Off (CBC)

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The Great Canadian Bake Off (CBC) – Premieres 1st November

Another remake of the Great British Bake Off, this time using the residents of Canada, where ten amateur bakers cook off against each other inside a marquee over three challenges.

The challenges remain the same as the original so there is the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Showstopper. After each round the bakers are judged by the two pro chefs and at the end of the episode the best performer of the week is awarded the title Star Baker while the worst overall performer is eliminated.

While the set up is identical to the original, the only real difference is with the hosts though they manage to keep the tweeness of the original.

3.4/10

Alias Grace (CBC)

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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.

5.9/10

21 Thunder (CBC)

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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.

4.6/10

Anne (CBC)

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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.

2.6/10

Keeping Canada Safe (CBC)

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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.

1.6/10

Canada: The Story Of Us (CBC)

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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.

3.2/10