Did Sirens Ring Your Bell?

Before we prod and poke Channel 4’s new paramedic comedy-drama Sirens (which aired last night at 10pm), it’s worth mentioning that the US has already bought the format and decided to make its own version. Clearly, someone (USA network) is convinced that Americans are short on medical programming, so much so that they decided not to wait for Sirens to air over here first. Maybe they should have, because--as you might've seen--the first episode never quite found its rhythm. The show badly wants to be Teachers or This Life, but the script and cast just aren’t up to it. These are, at least, things an overseas buyer is free to tweak.

Sirens tries hard to be a lot of things all at once: comedic, sad, thrilling, macho and poignant. Scenes brim with bullish, over-blown banter that none of the cast can quite pull off. Part one was about paramedic Stuart (Rhys Thomas, Bellamy's People) refusing to succumb to the very specific emotional fallout (up-horny-down--also the name of the episode) that’s supposed to kick in after a traumatic encounter (he had just given a car crash victim an open heart massage). But it was never clear why he wanted to resist, especially as stage two involves an overwhelming desire to have sex. He’s more than earned it. Stuart’s reaction, presumably, is meant to mark him out as different (dark, self-loathing, furious) from his shallow, self-interested mates, who accept their short-term, sexy destiny.

What also doesn’t help sell Stuart is Rhys Thomas. He couldn't deliver a line without sounding like he was in an advert for lager or men’s deodorant. His cast-mates Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and Kayvan Novak (Four Lions) are less inclined to murder dialogue. But to be fair to Thomas, the script was flatlining before he got anywhere near it.

Amy Beth Hayes (Misfits) plays Maxine, Stuart’s cop friend, who he visits when it’s clear that he’s craving sex. The pretty, dowdy policewoman is supposed to be a panacea for his trauma-lust, but you can tell where this storyline is headed. Maxine and Stuart’s relationship (shouting, shoving, buried sexual tension, etc) may be mildly head-turning but it’s not enough to make me want to switch Sirens back on next week.

Did Sirens ring your bell? Let us know below.

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Actually I really liked this show. I thought it captured the 'Teachers' vibe perfectly. (Let's face it. Teachers was only good for the first couple of seasons then it went downhill as all the decent characters started leaving) I thought it was funny - it had some laugh out loud moments. I don't understand how the reviewer didn't understand why he wanted to resist the up, horny, down? He mission to master his emotions was a smoke-screen so he didn't have to think about the patient - he said as much at the end. And I think he was also trying really hard to avoid the down. If he didn't give in to the 'horny' then he wouldn't progress to the down. Hope that clears it up for you.
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It had good bits, I think it should have been half an hour, cut some of the fat out, it was dark in places but not all that much and it did have some funny lines. I'll watch it next week mainly because there's f all on at the same time, I like the actors in it and it could get much better.
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Just caught it this evening. I enjoyed it. Some of the jokes (particularly the miley cyrus joke) felt rushed but i got into the swing of things by the end of the episode. Very weird hearing Madden talk in his native, Scottish accent after GoT's but he was the reason i noticed the show. Although the humour did feel a little rushed at points, i still found the show funny and watchable. I'll continue to watch!
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Very telling that no one has been interested enough to even comment!! lol
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