Highway Thru Hell
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.