The Protectors Series 1
Danish TV show The Protectors follows the lives of new recruits and established members of the Personal Protection Unit, a specilaised branch of the Danish Intelligence Bureau established to be a force of competent, quick thinking bodyguards available to protect politicians, visiting heads of state and various VIPs.
Obviously this is a TV show with subtitles being that it’s Danish, but don’t let this get in the way of a good solid drama, because as anyone who has enjoyed a good foreign film will tell you, after a while you don’t notice the subtitles, your brain just subconsciously reads them for you.
Far from the glitz and glam of the current glut of American TV crime shows, CSI, SCU and various other letter combinations, The Protectors is not an over hyped, adrenaline over dosing, frenetic mix of the bold and the beautiful and fast paced case solving. It’s more down to earth. The characters have their flaws, and some of them look a little weird, one even looks like a serial killer.
Sure the show has the prerequisite sexy female lead, but she’s also got the balls to handle herself and enough luggage to make you think twice before getting romantically involved. There’s also an over weight physiologist who would be played by Oliver Platt if the American’s ever re-make this show. Their receptionist is a hypercondriac whose fast approaching 50 and a mid life crises.
Whilst it is the characters who make the show, it’s because their lives are more like ours, un-hinged and falling apart, rather than the perfect lives of American cops, that makes them so damned interesting. It’s not that their issues make them weaker, rather their weakness seems to make them stronger.
Throw into the mix the story-lines – the season spanning look at the new recruits, combined with the cases they tackle, ranging from multi episode issues to single episode ones, the pace is always varied, and the show is never boring.
Production wise The Protectors with not have the hyper glam budgets of their American counterparts, but the show doesn’t suffer from it. The writing is tight, the action taught and the story-lines compelling, seeming to come straight from the headlines from today’s newspapers. You’ll start off in Iraq, be taken through a politicians marriage breaking affair, right up to big business environmental conspiracies. Along the way you’ll make new friends, and discover that their is actually something worth watching on TV, even if it is on DVD.
Reviewed by: Jonathan