Behind the walls of Camelot
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.