The Lethal Weapon cops are back! But not in the form of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The new Fox TV comedy-drama series instead follows a rebooted version of LAPD duo Riggs and Murtaugh. Here’s all you need to know about the series now being broadcast on ITV1…
What time is Lethal Weapon on TV tonight?
The next episode is on ITV1 9pm Friday 26th May.
What can I expect from the episode?
Daft as it may be, cartoonish as it often is, Lethal Weapon tries hard to be deep. And now and then it succeeds, coming up with ways to draw out underlying emotional stuff beneath all the action-coppery.
There’s a scene tonight where Riggs and Murtaugh end up in the confessional of a Catholic church, on either side of the grille, and have an almost touching heart-to-heart. The moment of honesty doesn’t last long, and there’s not a lot of absolution to be had, but it’s a nice grace note amid all the thumping beats.
Mind you, the crazy cliffhanger climax of the plot – about a man murdered for cheating on his wife – has to be seen to be fully disbelieved.
Clayne Crawford takes on the Mel Gibson role of Martin Riggs, a Navy SEAL-turned-police officer from El Paso, Texas. And Damon Wayans is Danny Glover's senior detective Roger Murtaugh.
How do the cast members feel about rebooting the classic franchise?
A brilliantly precisely question there. And – would you believe it – one we’ve got an answer for. Turns out Crawford felt very uneasy about bringing the budding cops back to screen. He told Radio Times: "I felt it was disrespectful to try and capture lightning in a bottle twice – that movie was so special, you couldn’t duplicate it”. You can see our full interview here.