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Donal Lynch

10 episodes, avail­able Satur­day When this se­ries was first an­nounced a few years ago peo­ple had trep­i­da­tions. Adapt­ing the Coen broth­ers’ clas­sic 1996 movie al­ways seemed like a risky propo­si­tion — would the broth­ers (who serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers on the se­ries) alien­ate the fans of the film, or was this kind of thing sim­ply a log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of the golden age of binge-watch se­ries?

In fact the first two se­ries won a slew of awards and one of Net­flix’s big­gest au­di­ences and this sea­son, pre­miered last year on Amer­i­can TV to Emmy nom­i­na­tions for all three of the stars.

Set in 2010 it deals with the tribu­la­tions of Ray Stussy (Ewan Mcgre­gor, who won a Golden Globe on Sun­day night) and girl­friend Nikki Swango (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead) who dream of riches which they hope to se­cure by steal­ing a valu­able vin­tage stamp from Ray’s more suc­cess­ful older brother, Em­mit (also played by Mcgre­gor), the self-pro­claimed “Park­ing Lot King of Min­nesota”. How­ever, their plans back­fire, and the cou­ple soon have to hide their in­volve­ment in two deaths, in­clud­ing the step­fa­ther of for­mer Eden Val­ley po­lice chief Glo­ria Bur­gle (Car­rie Coon).

Much of the en­joy­ment is watch­ing how the yarns are spun so we won’t is­sue any more spoil­ers, but Mcgre­gor’s clipped Min­nesotan twang is per­fect. the most vivid pic­tures through­out the film, as do his sketches and the ex­tra­or­di­nary pa­rade of shoes that go by like mod­els on a run­way. There are in­ter­views with lots of fash­ion roy­alty (in­ter­est­ingly, not Sarah Jes­sica Parker or Sex and the City wardrobe queen Pa­tri­cia Field).

Blah­nik him­self re­mains guarded. We emerge from this film still not know­ing much more about him be­yond the mythol­ogy, and the film over­all feels as though it might be a big bud­get in­fomer­cial for the brand. no­tion of an open re­la­tion­ship.

Lisa Kudrow joins the cast in a re­cur­ring role for sea­son four. She plays Sheree, a man­i­curist who threat­ens to drive a wedge be­tween Grace and Frankie as a re­sult of her bud­ding friend­ship with Grace.

The se­ries re­unites Kudrow with Marta Kauff­man (who cre­ated both this se­ries and Friends). Kauff­man said this new sea­son will “be about the women com­ing to terms with age, com­ing to terms with how old they are, where their minds are at this point and what does that im­ply, what does that mean?”

Ewan Mcgre­gor as Ray Stussy and

Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead as girl­friend Nikki Swango in ‘Fargo’

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