Sky 1’s new action drama, Hooten & The Lady, seems to be an unashamed throwback to the Indiana Jones/Romancing The Stone globetrotting-escapades films of the 80s (which, of course, were themselves a throwback to an earlier era). Hooten’s a roguish American treasure-hunting adventurer, and Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker is a expert at the British Museum, looking for something more stimulating. Normally Unpopcult probably wouldn’t bother. But there are two reasons – and we’re not proud of them – why we’re going to take a look at Hooten & The Lady. For CJ it’s Hooten (Michael Landes, who was Jimmy Olsen in the first season of The New Adventures of Superman). For me it’s The Lady (Ophelia Lovibond, who lit up the third season of Elementary). The advance word, though, is that Hooten and the Lady will not be hooking up. I suspect that to be a mistake, to say the least, because Unpopcult can’t have been alone in hoping for, if you will, Raiders of the Lost Ship. But we’ll report back on the first episode at least (Friday 16 September, Sky 1, 9pm).
One assumes that the makers of Canadian dramedy Private Eyes, on the other hand, know what needs to be done when you have Jason Priestley playing Matt, a hockey player turned private investigator, and Cindy Sampson (Supernatural) playing Angie, his feisty business partner. Faites vos jeux, ladies and gentlemen. As far as I can tell it’s light-hearted escapist fluff – which I mean as a compliment – in the mould of Castle (Monday 19 September, Universal, 8pm).
Also starting: season 6 of American Horror Story, commendably no more than a day or two behind American transmission (Friday, FOX UK, 10pm); season 2 of Aquarius (Friday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm).