THE OUT-LAWS

AR­ROW FILMS Out Now

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By STEVE O’BRIEN

One can only imag­ine the amount of spir­it­sap­ping slop that Wal­ter Iuz­zolino, cu­ra­tor of the for­eign-lan­guage TV drama plat­form Wal­ter Presents, has to drudge through as part of his job. But then chanc­ing across the odd pearl, like The Out­Laws, must make it all seem quite worth­while.

A ma­jor hit that guz­zled awards in its na­tive Bel­gium, this bruise-black com­edy-cum-- mur­der-mys­tery boasts one of the most mem­o­rable TV mon­sters ever, in the supremely hate­able JeanClaude Del­corps (Dirk Roofthooft). De­scribed as a “de­spi­ca­ble tur­tle’s fart” (pre­sum­ably a dev­as­tat­ing in­sult in Bel­gium), he’s a char­ac­ter so odi­ous that his four sis­tersin-law, who are oth­er­wise among the finest, most up­stand­ing peo­ple you could ever imag­ine, want to rub him out.

There’s a very ap­peal­ing sense of nat­u­ral­ism and a light­ness of touch to Malin-sarah Gozin’s writ­ing, and it isn’t hard to see why the US has nabbed the rights to this se­ries – nat­u­rally, for an Amer­i­can­ised re­make. It’s dif­fi­cult to see how it could bet­ter this, though. And ku­dos to Gozin for re­sist­ing the lure of a sec­ond se­ries. These ten episodes are per­fect as they are – we don’t need any more.

“You can choose your friends…” as the say­ing goes.

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