elcome to my first blog! Over the next six weeks, I'm going to be bringing you reviews, episode predictions and a few spoilers on the brand new Sky One comedy drama series Bounty Hunters. The first episode aired on Wednesday and I'm looking forward to episode two already! The series is co-written by and stars comedian Jack Whitehall with co-writer of Bad Education Freddy Syborn.
Jack plays geeky student Barnaby Walker. He plays his character in his usual "posh boy" kind of way, although his "G-Whiz" car is a lot to be desired. His dad (played by My Family star Robert Lindsey) owns an antique shop and, when he is taken into hospital, Barnaby is sent to temporarily look after the shop.
Next, we see a dodgy guy aka "Smith" enters the shop selling a statue that has already been sold to Mr Walker and he wants £50k for it. Barnaby is obviously wary buying a statue and handling the money without his dad's permission but, with a bit of persuasion and a "receipt", or the words "One Statue" written on the back of a betting slip, he does the deal. He later realises that it turns out to be looted from Syria and gets his "loose cannon" sister Leah (just back from New York) involved. This is where we meet Nina, a bad-ass American bounty hunter who Leah met in NY. We see at the beginning of the episode that Nina unwittingly killed the son of a US cartel boss and now just happens to be on the run from the US cartel and is in need of a place to lie low.
So back to Barnaby and this statue. Instead of calling the police, Leah tells Barnaby about Nina and suggests they take her to London to help track down the mysterious Smith and retrieve the money. Nina is ordered by her boss, back in NY, to lay low for a while after the shooting so the trip to London came along at the perfect time.
She sets off but is extremely worried about leaving her family back in New York. However, she arrives in London and stays with Barnaby in his parent's home, only to find herself in an uncomfortable situation as Barnaby tells his mother that Nina is his girlfriend. I think this may become the start of an unexpected twist later in the series.
So the two set off in search of Smith and the money. They finally track him down to his flat but little do they know that the police are already on the case. Nina goes in to retrieve the cash, however, Smith is right behind her so she stashes the money in her clothes and fills the empty money bag with....Pot Noodles, obviously! Random, but clever. Smith comes back with a gang who are looking for him and the money so Nina has to think fast and hides. This leaves Smith, and his bag of Pot Noodles, in the hands of the gang which, as we later see, doesn't end well and leaves Smith dead.
They return home and Barnaby is still unaware than Nina found the money. They decide to get rid of the statue in the river. It is only at the end of the episode that it becomes clear that there's more to it than Barnaby first thought as when he pays a visit to his dad's storage unit, he finds a whole load of statues stored away.
So, my predictions for episode two. I think that more of Barnaby's father's secrets will come out and the police will start closing in on the gang that killed Smith.
So, any Bad Education fans out there, this one is a must-see!
Episode two, Wednesday 1st November 10pm Sky One.