Synopsis: British Museum curator Lady Alex Lindo-Parker travels to the Amazon in search of the lost camp of Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett. A series of mishaps sees her joined by maverick American adventurer Hooten and they stumble upon El Dorado.
Review: Perhaps one of the things missing on television in 2016 is a fun action adventure series.
‘Hooten & The Lady’ goes some way to filling part of that void. The series, which is penned by Tony Jordan who also developed ‘Hustle’ for the BBC is fun action series in the vein of ‘Indiana Jones’, ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Romancing The Stone’.
Starring Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond as the titular characters. The series gets off to a brilliant start as the two meet while being strung up by a native tribe of the amazon. Hooten apparently has offended the tribe by crashing into their camp while evading some rather nasty characters. His abruptness has apparently offended them and Alex is none to impressed either.
The action pretty much kicks in from this point on as the two get to know each other and gradually gain a grudging respect for each other. Landed and Lovibond have really great chemistry as the main characters and the back and forth banter between the two is fantastic fun.
The story of this opening episode isn’t to bad either. While not being the most original. It manages to create fun character drama and some comedy in equal measure.
The two characters work well together even though it is in a sort of dysfunctional and knock about way.
The action beats are played out really well. I genuinely enjoyed the helicopter scene towards the close of the episode. Although it was fairly brief. It worked well enough to serve the story.
Sky One are really onto something with this series and I hope that it does well enough for a second series pick up. Its the type of series that has been sadly missing from the television schedule for some time.
- Incidental Music9.5