Dig­ging up dirt

Dark com­edy Repub­lic Of Doyle is giv­ing its char­ac­ters more ac­tion, laughs and drama in sea­son 4.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - COMEDY - Repub­lic Of Doyle Sea­son 4 Sun­days (from 9 July) SABC3 (*193) 23:30

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!”

GUNS A-BLAZ­ING

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.

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