Charles Mandel writes about the end of the Republic of Doyle, a television series that captured the essence of Canada and Newfoundland. A production of Canada’s public broadcaster, the Doyle family was well-loved — but apparently, in a time of severe government cutbacks, not sufficiently loved. An excerpt:
These are damn sad days in the Duke of Duckworth. The Doyles have announced they are hanging up their detective badges – and such a statement must have sent fans in the droves to drink at the Duke.
As any Republic of Doyle fan worth his or her salt knows, that pub – in a side alley in St John’s, Newfoundland – is home base for the Doyle TV series dynasty. That’s where the East Coast family of detectives supposedly operate from: the family owns the pub, and maintains their offices on the second floor. The latter, of course, is a bit of television fiction … read more*
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