Ad­ven­ture vein of Dr Jones

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

MAV­ER­ICK Amer­i­can ad­ven­turer and a beau­ti­ful Bri­tish Mu­seum cu­ra­tor are thrown to­gether for some se­ri­ous trea­sure hunt­ing in this fun, fam­ily-friendly romp.

And you’d be com­pletely for­given for feel­ing trans­ported back to an In­di­ana Jones movie as the pair run, jump, swing from trees and gen­er­ally avoid con­stant, life-threat­en­ing dan­ger.

Michael Lan­des plays Hooten (“just Hooten, no Mr”), with El­e­men­tary’s Ophe­lia Lovi­bond play­ing the fear­less and posh his­tory ex­pert Lady Alex Lin­doParker.

Plus there are some wel­come fa­mil­iar faces who pop up, in­clud­ing Jes­sica Hynes, Joanna Scan­lan and Jane Sey­mour.

Over the se­ries, the swash­buck­ling pair search for hid­den trea­sures, from Bud­dha’s miss­ing scroll to the tomb of Alexan­der the Great, in coun­tries from Rus­sia to Ethiopia.

But tonight they meet for the first time. Alex has con­vinced the board of the Bri­tish Mu­seum to let her go to the Ama­zon in search of Vic­to­rian ex­plorer Percy Fawcett’s lost camp.

“What could pos­si­bly go wrong?” she an­nounces, the TV drama equiv­a­lent of light­ing a fuse.

Three weeks later, Hooten is be­ing dragged along the jun­gle floor by a galloping horse af­ter up­set­ting a tribe through a di­a­mond deal. And he runs into Alex, who was po­litely ask­ing for di­rec­tions be­fore he came along.

The pair make a speedy es­cape, and in true Hol­ly­wood style, within 20 min­utes, they’ve found Percy’s skele­ton and a trea­sure map to a City of Gold. They should prob­a­bly in­ves­ti­gate to­gether, but she thinks he’s rude and he thinks she asks too many ques­tions.

But of course, with Hooten a rugged bad boy, and Alex the type of woman who looks stun­ning even when sweat­ing through a vest and hang­ing off a cliff edge, we all know they’ll hit it off in the end.

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