CHARMED Sea­son One

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Pre­vi­ously on Charmed, three sis­ters dis­cov­ered they were witches and cast an ad­dic­tively watch­able spell. Twelve years on, it’s déjà vu all over again as this re­boot – over­seen by Jane The Vir­gin showrun­ner Jen­nie Sny­der Ur­man – in­tro­duces a new trio who drag the con­cept into the new mil­len­nium.

Af­ter their mother’s mys­te­ri­ous death, sib­lings Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Mag­gie (Sarah Jef­fery) find they have an­other sis­ter, Macy (Madeleine Man­tock), which co­in­cides with the awak­en­ing of their witch pow­ers. Be­fore they can say “fa­mil­iar much?”, they’re van­quish­ing a de­mon and be­ing taken un­der the stuffy wing of “White­lighter” Harry (Rupert Evans).

Fans won’t have trou­ble spot­ting the re­cy­cled in­gre­di­ents – pos­sessed boyfriends, the “Source of all evil”, truth serum – but oddly, it’s Harry Pot­ter and Game Of Thrones that cast the long­est shadow, no­tably in the shape of a rip-off White Walker de­mon.

On the plus side, its ded­i­ca­tion to di­ver­sity is com­mend­able, and there are signs this could de­velop into a fun remix. But Charmed 2018 needs to ditch its clunky po­lit­i­cal ref­er­ences (Trump, Brexit and a mis­han­dled #MeToo plot fea­ture) if it’s to cast a spell as be­witch­ing as its fore­bear. Josh Win­ning

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