Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tonight on BBC1: Bonekickers

Once upon a time, way back in the mists of pre-production, Bonekickers probably seemed like a good idea. Centred around four kick-bone archaeologists who talk fast and excavate faster, it's Time Team crossed with Spooks with sprinkles on top. You dig? 

Our quartet of protagonists consists of: Professor Gregory Parton (Hugh Bonneville), who likes going to the pub and being charmingly lewd; Professor Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham), all annoying no-nonsense bustle; Dr Ben Ergha (Adrian Lester) whose job is to make cringeworthy comments with a twinkle in his eye but is a bit boring despite the aforementioned twinkle; and intern Viv Davis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so good in last week's Fallout) – she makes the tea and massages the others' egos with her big admiring eyes.

This opening episode sees the gang called in to do some digging after a Middle Eastern coin is found, mysteriously, in a park in Somerset. A bit later they're digging up the cross of Christ and being chased by a pair of highly unconvincing latter-day Knights Templar, one of which looks eerily like ex-EastEnder Paul Nicholls in fancy dress.

It's all as unflinchingly silly as its title suggests, with the scriptwriters hilariously trying to make history hip by having their characters say things like, "They couldn't have been fighting Saracens here – that's just nuts" and, "The crusades went TITS UP".

Everything makes a bit more sense when you realise the writers of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes are responsible – and the dialogue has its moments – but the premises of those programmes made suspension of disbelief necessary from the start. This just seems laughably silly. Did we learn nothing from the Da Vinci Code movie?

by Will Parkhouse, Tuesday 8 July 2008 

Originally published on Orange.co.uk

1 comment:

* (asterisk) said...

Tried watching episode 2, just because Eamonn Walker was in it. Still shite it was, despite the great Eamonn.