Iconic 80s pri­vate eye Mag­num’s been at the ra­zor for an all-ac­tion re­make – but the breath­tak­ing Hawai­ian sets are still there...

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Fire up the Fer­rari, dig out the shades – Mag­num PI is back! The Hawaii-based pri­vate de­tec­tive show that made Tom Sel­leck a star in the 80s has been re­made with a cool new cast.

Solv­ing the crimes now is Amer­i­can Jay Her­nan­dez, who is best known for his role along­side Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 movie Crazy/ Beau­ti­ful. ‘It’s a dream come true to play Mag­num,’ says Jay. ‘We’ve cap­tured the charm and heart of the orig­i­nal.’

Back too are Mag­num’s bud­dies, chop­per pi­lot Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin, and bar owner Orville ‘Rick’ Wright.

Mag­num works as a se­cu­rity con­sul­tant for su­per­rich au­thor Robin Masters and lives at his pala­tial es­tate Robin’s Nest, which is run by Hig­gins – in this ver­sion the abra­sive Jonathan Hig­gins is now the glam­orous Juliet ‘Higgy’ Hig­gins.

‘Mag­num and Higgy clash, in the way Mag­num did with Jonathan in the orig­i­nal, but the dy­namic be­tween them is dif­fer­ent,’ ex­plains Bri­tish ac­tress Perdita Weeks, 33, who plays her. Perdita is the younger sis­ter of Foyle’s War star Honey­suckle Weeks.

‘There’s mu­tual re­spect – Higgy ad­mires Mag­num’s brav­ery and re­source­ful­ness and he likes the way she uses the knowl­edge she ac­quired while work­ing for MI6 to help him with his cases – but there’s also an emo­tional con­nec­tion be­tween the two of them.’

Sur­viv­ing from the orig­i­nal are the glo­ri­ous red Fer­raris, which Mag­num bor­rows from his boss in or­der to pur­sue bad guys across breath­tak­ing Hawaii. In episode one alone, he man­ages to write off two of them, after run­ning into a cou­ple of vi­cious crim­i­nals.

What hasn’t sur­vived the chop is the mag­nif­i­cent mous­tache sported by Sel­leck’s Mag­num. ‘I thought about grow­ing one, but de­cided to leave that par­tic­u­lar fa­cial hair back in the 80s,’ says Jay. ‘Mag­num has stub­ble and some­times a goa­tee beard now.’

Mag­num still calls upon a team of ex-mil­i­tary pals to help him with his work. The pri­vate eye, Rick, TC and an­other pal, Se­bas­tian Nuzo, helped each other sur­vive a bru­tal pris­onerof-war camp in Afghanistan while serv­ing in the US mil­i­tary. But they may not be to­gether for long. In the first of the 20- episode se­ries, Mag­num takes a call from Nuzo ask­ing him for an ur­gent meet­ing, but when he ar­rives Mag­num sees Nuzo be­ing bun­dled into a con­verted am­bu­lance by two burly men.

What un­folds is a tale of stolen gold bul­lion, a sunken ship – and a chase in­volv­ing cars and a he­li­copter. Jay says, ‘Mag­num cracks the case in the end with a lot of help from Higgy –


See TV fea­ture, page 18.

THE ORIG­I­NAL GANG Tom Sel­leck (sec­ond from left) as the Viet­nam vet-turned-pri­vate eye, with cast-mates John Hiller­man, Larry Manetti and Roger E Mosley. THEODORE ‘TC’ CALVIN (Stephen Hill) A for­mer ma­rine and he­li­copter pi­lot, he helps Mag­num to crack cases from up in the air. ORVILLE ‘RICK’ WRIGHT (Zachary Knighton) Once in the US mil­i­tary, he now runs a beach bar in Hon­olulu and has con­tacts all over Hawaii.

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