My second, more considered opinion about Bonekickers is pretty much the same as my first – this is the worst programme currently on TV – albeit with a few tweaks.
Everything that was bad about the debut episode was evident again – over-acting, slack direction, but above all some absolutely appalling writing and a laughably contrived plot.
The tweaks to my initial opinion come in the BBC’s assertion that this is a cross between Time Team, the Indiana Jones films and the Da Vinci Code.
I was willing to give them a bit of leeway first time around, but not any more.
Bonekickers is none of these, rather it draws its inspiration from elsewhere.
So the plot and dialogue is straight out of Scooby-Doo, only not nearly as sharply observed and with a set of characters that aren’t anywhere as believable as the cartoon.
The suspense and thrills are clearly a homage to Murder, She Wrote, but lacks the gritty realism and out and out edge of your seat quality of the popular Angela Lansbury vehicle.
And the convoluted trail of clues is undoubtedly inspired by 3-2-1, only the much-loved gameshow’s contrived riddles were far easier to follow than Bonekickers.
The reason Bonekickers fails so badly is that it isn’t even a pale shadow of the stuff it is inspired by.
I think the BBC has invested far too much of our money in Bonekickers to pull the series before it finishes its six-part run.
However, there is no doubt that it is responsible for wasting a great deal – from licence payers’ money to viewers loyalty – on such a woeful drama series.
My biggest concern is that Bonekickers is so bad it becomes some sort of future cult hit.
It doesn’t even deserve that particular honour.