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Once in a while a group of creative people come up with splendid ideas regarding a TV show and we all find ourselves hooked. Of late there have been titles like Game Of Thrones, Revenge and The Newsroom.
Joining this elite group of amazing shows will be Banshee, a dark offering from the people who brought you True Blood.
The location is Banshee, a fictional small town in Pennsylvania where everyone is committed to the upliftment of their community. Crime levels are low and Banshee falls under the protection of an honest sheriff.
Think of a Wisteria Lane on a highway with a slightly larger population.
However, just as on Wisteria Lane, eveyone has their secrets and they all manage to hide them – for a while. Things change, however, when a stranger moves into Banshee.
The ever-welcoming people of the town do not suspect anything odd about their new guest. Although he tells them he’s just a traveller, he is, in fact, an ex-con who did time for stealing diamonds from a Ukranian gangster known only as Mr Rabbit.
When the crime happened, our lead character was with his then-lover, Anastasia. Now 15 years later and our main character (who remains unrevealed at first for effect) is on the run from the dangerous Mr Rabbit and Banshee appears to be the best place to hide out.
As fate would have it, Anastasia also lives in Banshee, but now she is married, a mother of two and has changed her name to Carrie Hopewell.
The town’s sheriff is killed in the line of duty and our lead character becomes the new sheriff and calls himself Lucas Hood (pictured).
As Lucas, the sheriff has three problems: the long arm of Mr Rabbit who hasn’t forgotten about his dia- monds, the complex love situation with Anastasia and a crime lord called Kai Proctor who has perennial criminal bouts in Banshee that cause all sorts of problems.
If not nothing else, you might want to see Anthony Starr as he portrays the conflicted Hood in a convincing manner. You can empathise that after a long time in prison the man deserves a break, but Mr Rabbit will only stop when he is dead.
His love for Anastasia is not only dangerous in that she has moved on, but also because she is Mr Rabbit’s child so if he finds her, he will have found Lucas, too.
Then there is this issue with Proctor, who will remind you of Under The Dome’s Big Jim. He is cunning and relentless in his dealings and Hood knows the only way to end this is to pump a bullet in his head, although it is not that simple.
Great writing and a superb group of actors make Banshee a good show to look out for.
• Banshee premieres on Wednesday at 9.30pm on M-Net (DStv channel 101).