Based on the 1990 book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens is an Amazon/BBC co-production which has been available on Prime since May 2019, and now makes its way to terrestrial TV. Leads David Tennant and Michael Sheen play a demon and an angel trying to save the Earth. A stellar cast also includes Frances McDormand – as, quite rightly, the voice of God – Jon Hamm, and Nick Offerman. Good Omens was reasonably well received when first shown, but as I have no interest in the work of Gaiman and Pratchett, or in fantasy as a genre, this probably isn’t for me. Having said that it doesn’t sound a million miles away from Lucifer, which I love (tonight, BBC Two, 9pm).
I’m much more interested in The Rookie, which in my view is one of those procedurals which becomes, as it finds its feet, a little more than the sum of its parts. I liked its first season a lot, and I’m pleased that it was renewed for this second season. It does not, of course, return entirely unscathed, and I’ve already said pretty much all that I have to about the loss of fan favourite Afton Williamson from the show. Mekia Cox (as the lead character’s new TA), Harrold Perrineau, and Ali Larter all join the cast this time round (Thursday 16 January, Sky Witness, 9pm).
And RTE’s six-part crime drama Taken Down makes its British debut tonight at 10pm on BBC Scotland. (It will, I think, be available UK-wide on the iPlayer.) A young Nigerian woman is found dead at a Dublin bus stop, and the investigation leads police officers into the world of asylum seekers. It’s co-written by Jo Spain, one of my favourite crime authors, and is probably worth a look for that alone.