High­way Thru Hell

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 8.30pm, A & E In the rugged moun­tains of Canada there’s a road like no other. The ‘‘ coke’’ (the Co­qui­halla High­way) in Bri­tish Columbia is known as the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle of truck ac­ci­dents. In good weather it ap­pears to be an en­gi­neer­ing marvel. But when the weather turns foul, as it fre­quently does, this be­comes one of the most dan­ger­ous roads in the world. Yes, this is good old-fash­ioned ad­ven­ture TV, with prece­dents such as Ice Road Truck­ers and Dead­li­est Roads. In the third episode of the de­but se­ries, the coke is ham­mered by a vi­cious win­ter storm. And with the crew of Jamie Davis Heavy Res­cue up to their knees in snow and ice, tempers fray. But when a big truck car­ry­ing a dan­ger­ous cargo crashes high in BC’s Cas­cade Moun­tains, the guys have to get over their gripes and pull to­gether to get the job done. None of the con­flict here feels con­trived for the cam­eras. And when we’re not check­ing out the awe-in­spir­ing me­chan­ics of gi­ant rigs in the frozen dark­ness, the scenery is as com­pelling as any­thing in any Cana­dian trav­el­ogue I’ve seen.

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