Did we like it?
No. So don’t bother with a series, please, BBC1. If this was meant to be a British version of Monk, it failed. More Junk than Monk.
What was good about it?
• Sanjeev Bhaskar does his best as beleaguered, boneheaded, blundering private eye Vic Chopra – he’s always great to watch – but, unlike his earlier works Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No 42, this was a comedy with no jokes.
• It’s good that Britain’s Asian community is represented in a primetime drama, but there was nothing new revealed. We’d seen all the references before in the Kumars (nagging mum, lovely food etc)
• Omid Djalili’s cameo as overweight Turkish baker Ali who was the subject of Vic’s big case – he’d been hired by Ali’s wife to ensure he took his medicine.
• Vic being forced to take his baby daughter on a surveillance operation was quite amusing.
What was bad about it?
• Not funny enough. Lame plots. Attempts to parody gumshoe classics fell flat.
• Natalie Casey as temp Annie, who becomes Chopra’s assistant (against his wishes), should have played the part with subtlety. She didn’t. Neil Stuke was even worse as the bumbling cop.
• The “jokey” sub-plot about the the theft of “a gay cow who thinks he’s a pig”. Were the culprits the Hindu Liberation Front? No. All they do is take elderly Hindus out on day trips