Be­hind the walls of Camelot

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - RICHARD CLUNE The Kennedys, ABC1, tonight, 8.35pm

THIS heady, lu­di­crously height­ened ex­plo­ration of an Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal pow­er­house – the Kennedy fam­ily – lobs with a strong sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion, largely built on the fact it was pulled from the screen in the US.

In prov­ing the con­tin­ued power and in­flu­ence of the re­main­ing Kennedy clan, the His­tory Chan­nel de­cided to scrap its screen­ing of the se­ries ear­lier this year amid fam­ily claims it was ‘‘ ma­li­cious’’ and ‘‘ vin­dic­tive’’.

The hand of in­flu­ence, how­ever, has not pre­vented the pro­gram reach­ing these shores to be played out over the next four weeks.

Greg Kin­n­ear, known for his deft pa­ter­nal touch in Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine , in­hab­its the ti­tle role of JKF, his per­for­mance is solid given he’s work­ing with some wob­bly scripts.

Katie Holmes, yes Mrs Tom Cruise, ( pic­tured with Kin­n­ear) dons the twin set and pearls as Jackie, al­though she plays lit­tle more than a meek sup­port­ing role in tonight’s opener.

Jump­ing be­tween the 1960s and the 1940s is an­noy­ing and does lit­tle to fur­ther this es­tab­lish­ing episode, which largely ex­plores the plays for power be­tween Jack, his fa­ther Joe Sr ( Tom Wilkin­son) and brothers Joe Jr ( Gabriel Ho­gan) and Bobby ( Barry Pep­per).

Ul­ti­mately this is for Kennedy fans who are happy to let dra­matic li­cence drive the plot.

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