Sunday, April 20, 2008

TV Show: Honey West


I found the complete DVD set of Honey West at amazon.co.uk for about $24 Australian and my, what a treat it is. I'd not seen this before, so it was a bit of a punt, but judged on the reviews which mentioned The Avengers, mod outfits, judo and that she was a PI with a pet ocelot, well, it was pretty likely it would find an appreciative audience at chez Bird. And it has. We've only watched the first episode at this stage - The Swinging Mrs Jones - and we're already hooked.
West is played by actress Anne Francis who is best known for her role in Forbidden Planet. She has an Honor Blackman/Cathy Gale air about her and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the creators of Veronica Mars had a memory of this show. Her detecting partner, Sam Bolt (John Ericson) sets up a frisson of romantic will-they-won't-they but I'm reliably assured her only true love is her pet ocelot, Bruce.
This is marvellous fun that fans of campy crime shows should seek out. We watched it off the back of an especially pants episode of Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew's Love Match) which only served to highlight how good Honey was.

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