UP Imagine, if you will, a brave and charming superhero named Thermoman, a
strange visitor from the planet Ultron, who is constantly saving Earth from
near-disaster. Now imagine this hero's secret identity is a sweet, charming, but
seemingly dim, Irish health-shop owner named George Sunday.
One day, Thermoman saves English nurse Janet Dawkins when she falls into the
Grand Canyon while holidaying in the US. He takes rather a fancy to her and
decides he wants to get to know her better so George packs up and moves to
England to be near her. Of course, as always, things don't go according to plan
and Janet learns that George really is Thermoman, but they fall in love anyway.
That's the premise of this silly but hugely entertaining romantic comedy with
a twist. If you were a fan of Father Ted, then you're bound to love My Hero. It
stars Ardal O'Hanlon (who played Father Dougal Maguire) as George
Sunday/Thermoman. O'Hanlon's character is pretty similar to Father Dougal but
instead of simply being simple, George is just naive; more an innocent abroad
who has the best of intentions. He tends to take things too literally at times
as you would, I guess, if you came from a completely different planet.
O'Hanlon is divine in his dual role and he is ably supported by a great cast
including Emily Joyce as Janet, Hugh Dennis as the incredibly vain and
self-centred Dr Piers Crispin, who works at the clinic with Janet, and Geraldine
McNulty as the acid-tongued clinic receptionist, Mrs Raven.
My Hero is similar in a lot of ways to Mork and Mindy but without the manic
performance of a Robin Williams and with a much lower budget. Most importantly,
My Hero obeys the first rule of comedy it's funny.
Home and Away
DOWN Tonight is the night. Second only to weddings as certified
audience-pullers are births, and tonight you get two for the price of one.
The two mums-to-be are Leah (Ada Nicodemou) and Gypsy (Kimberley Cooper).
Leah is in hospital and has opted for a natural, drug-free birth. Gypsy is at
home waiting for labour to begin. She starts having what she thinks are
contractions, so Will (Zac Drayson) rushes her to hospital. But it wasn't the
real thing, so back home they go to resume the wait.
Before previewing this episode, I had never watched Home and Away in my life.
And after previewing this episode, I can safely say I'll never watch another.
The acting is woeful, the dialogue trite and the storylines are silly beyond
One good thing I can say about Home and Away, though, is it does provide
employment for an awful lot of people (actors, producers, writers, directors and
Oh, I almost forgot this episode is the season finale.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
DOWN Oh, dear. Another season finale; another woeful show. This one's so bad
they even had to get the group that won the US version of Popstars, Eden's
Crush, to put in an appearance. Not that it helps.
For anyone who cares, this episode finds Sabrina and Josh hosting a singles'
night at the coffee house owned by Sabrina's aunt, Hilda. Naturally, things go
wrong and Josh and Sabrina end up having a big spat.
Here's a suggestion for what the wonderfully triple-named Melissa Joan Hart
can do during her between-season break: take some acting lessons. Please. Oh,
and maybe she could also decide on a hair colour and stick to it?