Mike Sweeney is a cop whose wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and whose partner has just been killed. For a new start, the Sweeneys move from Toronto to Durham County where two teenage girls have just gone missing.
Bad move for Mike: the bloke who lives across the street is Ray Prager, a nutcase from Mike's past, and possibly a serial killer. Good move for a television show: the first episode of Durham County on Tuesday night was a corker.
Since I've only seen one episode it's impossible to say whether DC is worth sticking with, but that episode set up a raft of interesting scenarios. Ray Prager, for instance, is not your typical prime-suspect, trying to keep out of the limelight; he is a complete wanker who heaps sh1t on his wife, torments his son and is loud and obnoxious to everyone he meets. Even if he isn't the serial killer, he's still an obvious nutcase.
Not that DC is perfect; there is the odd cliché. Naturally, Mike's teen-angst daughter is trouble, his youngest daughter all quirk. It doesn't stretch the imagination to think they might fit into the frame serial-killer-wise. And Mike is having an affair.
Still, check it out.
If you are a fan of high tension electricity transmission - HV lines, Stockbridge dampers, insulator strings, corona rings - you will get an extra kick out of Durham County.
Fact: Australians call an electric shock a "boot"; Canadians call an electric shock a "poke".