Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, former police inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji has lost virtually everything. He searches for one of the few things remaining in his life, his missing estranged elder daughter.
It follows events decades later when the emerging nouveau riche, including the Trenchard family, rub shoulders with London's established upper classes, and when secrets from the past threaten to emerge.
So this is an example of a 2020 style of CBC television dramatic programming. Titles that indicate Blaine, Washington but Ladner Canada. (Even "The X-Files" producers saw fit to indicate provinces on place names). And it's not just Éilís and "her views." A lot of Canadians find this practice belittling. It makes us feel like we live in Asia rather than next door. Also, it's pretty pathetic if Americans fail to locate British Columbia on a map. It takes a millisecond for Canadians to find California in the same game.
Additionally, most of the scenes and historical references in the first episode encompass the US rather than the country - Canada, hello -where the action takes place. Hide any Canadian references as much as possible. Ensure that your program caters to the American market at all costs. Even if your funding comes from another source (the Canadian government). The Prime Minister of Canada in 1968 - the year "Fortunate Son" occurs - certainly had a different cultural mindset and policy than the one in power now. Apart from their relationship.
Despite all, "The Globe and Mail"' describes this new CBC series as "solid if unsubtle entertainment." And well known Canadian actress Kari Matchett headlines the show. From all accounts, she is the star; deservedly, as "Fortunate Son" focuses on Ms Matchett's character Ruby who transports Vietnam War draft dodgers across the Canada-US border. Family turmoil ensues as a result of her activism. Ms Matchett gives a powerful performance. Rick Roberts plays her husband Ted. He's great, too.
Now streaming on CBC Gem. Or is it NBC Universal? Because the latter appears to call the shots.
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