Digging up dirt
Dark comedy Republic Of Doyle is giving its characters more action, laughs and drama in season 4.
The fourth instalment of Canadian cop dramedy Republic Of Doyle (2010-2014) is punching its way to free TV this fortnight. What’s that you say, you didn’t see the first three? Not an issue, says series star, creator and writer Allan Hawco. “We used this as an opportunity to change things up a bit. We designed this season so that you can follow whether you’ve watched since day 1 or you’re completely new to the show.” And it’s not just detective work being done…
ROSES ARE RED
Ex-cop-turned-private eye Jake Doyle (Allan) finally has his woman: he’s had a thing for Newfoundland cop Leslie Bennett (Krystin Pellerin) since they kissed in season 1 but “she detested him throughout season 3,” laughs Krytin. “We have had a lot of fun over the years, even when our character weren’t getting along.” “And she isn’t saying that just because I’m the boss,” says Allan. “I created the character while watching her in a theatre production of King Lear. Krystin was the perfect fit.” But it’s not until episode 7 (20 August) that they make it official, jokes Krystin. “She calls him ‘my boyfriend’, then they investigate her father’s death [Laughs].”
LIVES ON THE LINE
Something that fans will notice is that there is a lot more kidnapping taking place around town. Episode 4 (30 July) sees Jake and his detective dad Malachy (Seán McGinley) searching for a missing girl as her captor counts down the minutes until she dies. Things get personal in episode 5 (6 August) “when Leslie goes missing,” explains Allan. “He has just started dating her and now she’s nowhere to be found while undercover. He’s stressing!”
And what would a cop show be without a little gunplay? “We didn’t get to fire the weapons,” says Krystin, “but there are a lot of them flying around this season.” “Jake prefers his hands – a brawl wins any day!” says Allan.
Jake (centre) and his team (from left): stepmom Rose, niece Tinny, dad Malachy, girlfriend Leslie and employee Des.