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Moonlighting

DOWN-ON-LUCK MODEL (CYBILL SHEPHERD) “discovers” she owns a detective agency run by bigmouth BRUCE WILLIS and decides to join in the sleuthing. “And how!” Hmm. First episodes of this enduring BBC2 import were fantastic, not overplaying the self-indulgent “are they doing it in real life too?” angle and chucking in some decent scripts for good measure. Later things went awry, not helped by troubles on and off camera, with episodes not being finished, making no sense, forgetting to have an ending or just resorting to – yikes – singing. The arrival of Agnes Dipesto and Bert Viola, twatty ‘assistant’ sub-couple, spelt trouble, as did episodes like the one where a kid has to study The Taming of the Shrew instead of watch Moonlighting, but falls asleep and dreams all the cast acting out a version of the play. Still, the LOVEJOY-esque talking to camera bits were always ace.

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