Rookie de­tec­tive is do­ing things by the book

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

If you ever won­dered what a pre-Bat­man ori­gins story would look like fil­tered through the mind of The Men­tal­ist cre­ator Bruno Heller and helmed by CSI veteran Danny Can­non, then this is it.

One of the most talked about new dra­mas of the au­tumn, Gotham (Mon­day, Chan­nel 5, 9pm) cen­tres on brave, earnest new de­tec­tive James Gor­don (Ben McKen­zie).

He is part­nered with veteran Har­vey Bul­lock (Donal Logue), and the pair stum­ble upon Gotham city's high­est pro­file case – the mur­der of lo­cal billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Gor­don meets the sole sur­vivor at the scene of the crime – the Waynes’ 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Ma­zouz).

Moved by his loss, the rookie de­tec­tive vows to catch the killer.

While nav­i­gat­ing the shady world of Gotham’s crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, Gor­don crosses paths with gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pin­kett Smith), mob king­pin Carmine Fal­cone (John Dor­man), and many of the char­ac­ters who will be­come iconic vil­lains.

They in­clude a teenage Selina Kyle/Cat­woman (Cam­ren Bi­con­dova); pend­ing Pen­guin Oswald Cob­ble­pot (Robin Lord Tay­lor), and the fu­ture Rid­dler, Ed­ward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith).

For Blighty’s own Sean Per­twee, land­ing the role of Bruce Wayne’s guardian/but­ler Al­fred Pen­ny­worth, it was some­thing of a dream come true.

He ad­mits he was a fan of the clas­sic 1960s Adam West TV saga grow­ing up.

“Ab­so­lutely. The fa­mous shark scene stuck in my mind,” Sean ex­plains. “I’ve been a fan of the se­ries right the way through.

“To be in­volved with a reimag­in­ing of some­thing I’ve loved is vaguely terrifying, but also not that it’s out there, we are de­lighted that I think we’ve pleased the le­gions of fans and the le­gions of new fans that we hope to bring to it. We’re very proud.”

Per­haps the best com­par­i­son for Gotham is Su­per­man ori­gins se­ries Smal­lville.

Is Sean pre­pared for the fact he could spend at least the next 10 years of his life in New York?

“Well that suits me fine,” he ex­plains. “Don’t get me wrong; I love my home – I get very home­sick when I watch Chelsea; I miss my home, but I can’t tell you how lucky and proud I feel to be here.”

As you’ll see by this pi­lot, it’s a stylish af­fair which may re­visit the piv­otal tragic al­ley shoot­ings from the Hol­ly­wood ver­sions, but then it be­comes its own creature.

Bat­man Be­gins Ben McKen­zie and David Ma­zouz star.

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