Newest Review: ... as Heartbeat (the first series before it started going downhill). Everything is right for Badger and the Northumberland scenery simply... more
Member Name: kirstieksf
Date: 01/09/00, updated on 01/09/00 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Good cast, believable characters, great scenery
Having been a fan of Jerome Flynn since his days in 'Soldier Soldier' as Paddy Garvey, I was eager to watch 'Badger' when it started last year.
Jerome Flynn stars as Tom McCabe, who after leaving the Navy, joined Northumberland Police as a dedicated wildlife officer.
The series also stars former 'Casualty' star Rebecca Lacey as an RSPB officer, who often works closely with Tom on wildlife related cases. She also happens to be married to his boss...
In the first episode of the first series, we were introduced to Wilf, who turned up on Tom's doorstep, and revealed that she was his 20 year old daughter, born after his brief marriage in his late teens, following his wife leaving but not knowing she was pregnant.
We also see quite a lot of Steph, a local vet who runs a wildlife sanctuary, and was romantically involved with Tom, until the return of her estranged husband Ralph, who it now looks like she'll get back together with. He's already told her he wants her and their son back, so will she choose Tom or Ralph? I guess we'll have to wait and see...
Badger is a good programme to watch when you don't want to use too much brain power, as it's entertaining, and has some good humorous moments as well as the action type scenes. The countyside scenes are often filmed in particularly beautiful surroundings, and the characters are all likeable, so you do get rather attached to them. In my opinion, one of the best drama series of recent years.