I’m missing you already.
I don't watch much television. I actually enjoy being in the office after it closes. I stencil, I tend my garden on fine evenings and belong to singing and drama groups. When doing none of these things, I am writing this blog. So, when a TV series comes along that intrigues me enough to draw me in, I cherish it.
Such was "Pushing Daisies". A bitter-sweet, colour soaked delight that has been cruelly whipped from my TV screen after only two series. I eagerly follwed the fortunes of the once-dead Charlotte and Ned, the pie maker who resurrected her by …well, he could temporarily restore life to anything just by touching it. Oh, never mind the whys and wherefores. It’ll take too long. Trust me, it works.
Each adventure would concern bringing someone back from the dead for just one minute so that crimes could be solved and rewards collected. Each episode would involve the baking of technicolour pies at The Pie Hole restaurant. Imagine the aroma of three plum with a gruyere crust.
Each story would also involve Charlotte’s grieving, synchronised swimming aunts. They shared multiple personality disorders and an inordinate fondness for cheese. The tale would always include lovelorn waitress, Olive Snook who spoke faster than I could keep up with. My personal joy was private detective Emerson Cod. Twin blessings of the best lines and the sharpest tailoring were bestowed upon him.
Apparently the lack of blue tone used in the set and the film processing gave it the sunny, yellow look.
The episodes looked as though they should contain more saccharine than the fruit pies, but the plot lines were not always that sweet.
In the UK the "Pushing Daisies" series was sponsored by Toblerone, the triangular chocolate bar full of sticky almond nibs. On a Friday night, tradition dictated that I flop on the sofa with Chips (that's Chips my husband not a bag of fried potatoes). We would savour a large bar of Toblerone whilst losing ourselves in the world of Charlotte and Ned.
ABC in the USA are going to show three previously unaired "Pushing Daisies" episodes starting Saturday, May 30. The final two will air June 6 and 13. For UK fans there is the DVD. I would be interested to know what others thought of this programme. Does anyone know why it was axed? Were Chips and I alone in liking it? He bought series one from Amazon for us last week. Brilliant! Tonight we may watch all the episodes. Now, where is the Toblerone?