The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.20pm, ABC1 Brand new it isn’t. This Stephen Fry se­ries was can­celled three years ago, but never mind: it is time­less tele­vi­sion, in a very British, very cosy way. Peter King­dom (Stephen Fry) is a Nor­folk so­lic­i­tor help­ing a cast with ever-so con­tem­po­rary prob­lems. There is the Iraq vet­eran who has lost a leg and can­not imag­ine life out­side the army; a sec­re­tary whose de­mand­ing dolt of a lock-keep­ing dad per­se­cutes passers-by be­cause he is lonely and fright­ened; a bloke with a promis­cu­ous wife who be­comes a mar­riage coun­sel­lor based on his do­mes­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. And there is a young woman who the cavalry dis­crim­i­nates against, de­spite her be­ing a fine rider, al­though her abil­ity to drive an ar­moured re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cle fails to get a men­tion. Oh, and King­dom’s sis­ter wants him to set her up with a sol­dier. Gosh, what will hap­pen? If you care, there is plenty of time to pon­der the plot be­cause it moves far slower than a cavalry charge. There is one in­trigu­ing ques­tion above all these con­trived ques­tions de­signed to ap­peal to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble: how did the pro­duc­ers ever con­vince Fry to star in this harm­less waste of 45 valu­able Satur­day night min­utes?

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