Girl’s Best Friend
Saturday, 8.30pm, Universal A made-for-TV movie about a disgruntled music critic who has to drive across the US in a pink car with just a cute jack russell terrier for company, Girl’s Best Friend is kind of junky. The only reason I mention it is because of the superbly understated performance of the dog, Binky. I’ll spare you the tedious set-up. Cut instead to the moment when Mary (Janeane Garofalo, 24, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), the girl of the title, first gets into the car with the dog. She hasn’t driven for years and can’t figure it out at all, turning on the wipers instead of the ignition and so on. I swear the dog has an incredulous look on its face that would translate to some sort of irritated profanity. Thankfully it’s not one of those awful outings where the dog actually does speak. Mary uses the distance travelled to solve her boyfriend and mother issues. But Binky is the true star. There’s also plenty of room for non-royal moments, such as Margaret Thatcher’s ‘‘ the lady’s not for turning’’ speech, the emergence of the Sony Walkman, and a brief analysis of the romantic pop movement featuring archival interviews with Boy George. Royally nostalgic.