DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IDON’T know what this 7.45 start’s all about. You’ve just been sitting there since 7.30 waiting for something to happen. Where’s the show? S’pose if it’s the other way, if it was on at 7.15, you’d be livid if you got to 7.30 and turned the TV on and found it was half over. Or you would be if it wasn’t Republic of Doyle. You could miss 15 minutes of this, you wouldn’t care at all. I would’ve preferred it, actu- ally. They really only play the annoying Irish jig at the start, for one thing. I’ve decided I almost want no music in anything anymore. Unless it’s something really incredible, like Bernard Herrmann and the violins and Janet Leigh getting sliced up in the shower.
So. Republic of Doyle. No violence here. I knew there wouldn’t be. Timeslot, yeah, but also that music. Why there’s Irish music, I’m not entirely sure. Nor have I figured out why the lead actor is played by Sean McGinley, who’s Irish. Everybody else is Canadian, and the show is set in Newfoundland. McGinley plays Malachy Doyle, the father in a father and son detective agency. Jake (Allan Hawco) is the son. Tonight’s case involves a guy called Carl Maher who has just been let out of jail after serving 12 years of a life sentence he got for murdering his wife. He says he didn’t do it, which the state believed, and handed him $3.8 million in damages. Carl has now hired the Doyles at a rate of $100,000 — somewhat more than their going rate — to find the real killer. Jake’s keen to have a look at it, what with the $100,000 fee and all, but Malachy, who was there in court every day and says there wasn’t a tear out of Carl the whole time, doesn’t want to touch it. People think there’s something wrong with you if you don’t cry on sad occasions. Society demands it and the sanctions can be grave if you don’t. Ever read The Outsider? That book by Camus? The guy in that didn’t cry when his mother died and he ended up getting his head cut off. Republic of Doyle ABC2, 7.45pm
Jake: Allan Hawco