It’s not very often something actually watchable comes along. It’s even less often that something hugely entertaining and well written comes along. Filling the hole in my TV schedule that “Long Way Round” left, I discovered “Rescue Me” some time ago on Sky One. Thursday nights, 10-11pm. The show is based on a New York fire house in present day. The tone is firmly rooted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks so as you can imagine, it’s quite a dark storyline. Tommy Gavin, played by the talented Denis Leary is a man haunted by alcoholism, his seperated marraige and of course several ghosts he’s picked up along the way.

Serious topics (but not all of them fires) are dealt with in a very gritty and almost too realistic manner but it makes for wonderful entertainment and like “The Soprano’s”, you just know that when someone messes with a firefighter, they’ll be getting their ass kicked a few episodes down the line. Fantastic one-liners are guaranteed every week from any one of the characters; but normally one of the more intelligent characters of course…

It also introduced me to a new band. The theme tune is The Von Bondies track “C’mon”. Only problem I’ve found with getting attached to good TV is that sooner or later the damn series ends. God bless DVD box sets!