Saturday, 30 March 2013

"Lilyhammer" - TV series review Episode 1, no spoilers

I know it was made in 2011, but it is new to Australian TV. This show is a delight. Steven Van Zandt ("The Sopranos", E Street Band guitarist) cruises through the first episode as the mobster hiding out in Lillehammer, Norway. The culture clash theme is not a new idea but this time around it looks fresh. Frank (the fish out of water) proves himself to be a most capable "immigrant". Norwegians seem to be fixated with "immigrants". Our 'hero' is a killer who has a soft spot for dogs, sheep and people being hassled by train yobs. Economically scripted, with wry humour, stark but beautiful locations and quirky characters this is my new favourite TV show.
Perfect Saturday evening 'old fart' TV viewing:
7:30 pm "Last Tango in Halifax", 8:35 pm "Lilyhammer".
Thanks SBS for buying the broadcast rights.

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