Vultures PI is an on line comedy detective series that is based and filmed in my home county of Kilkenny here in Ireland. There has already been a full first series which featured seven episodes including a pilot. All of the episodes have been developed in Kilkenny and filmed on location throughout town. The second episode of the second series has just been released on line and it's entitled The Lost Lunch Of Niall Tennyson.
The first series centred on the three main detective characters; Jim Vultour (John Morton) Dan McGrain (David Thompson) and Niall Tennyson (Sean Hackett). In each episode there is a specific storyline which can be watched as stand alone shows. Throughout the series secondary characters were introduced. Recently the trio were joined by Janine Drew (Suzanne O'Brien) who is like a foul mouthed Daphne from Scooby Doo. In the first episode of the new series Vultour, McGrain and Tennyson have become unemployed detectives and the episode concentrated on Janine's documentary on them.
In the latest episode; The Lost Lunch of Niall Tennyson one of the original detectives Tennyson begins a detective course on a government sponsored FAS course. Two of the tutors are Vultour and McGrain and it puts the three characters more centre stage again. Janine does feature but I thought her character was funnier and works better in this episode. What I thought was very effective is that many of the recognisable secondary characters all feature as the main action of the episode is centred in a class room environment. The interactions between them all is great especially those scenes that feature the characters of Jack Street (Ross Costigan), Noah Hennessy (Gus McDonagh) and Tom Moriarty (Stephen Colfer). The episode was directed by Peter McGann and was written by John Morton. The premise of the storyline is exactly what it says in the title but I love what Morton's script and the various actors do with it all.
I watched the new episode when it went on line yesterday and when I watched it again today I noticed brilliant little details such as the Dickin' around for Beginners written on the flipchart, the little stash of sweets and the candy cane on the desk in front of Jack Street, the fact his name sticker is upside down, the tub of Brylcreem in front of Moriarty and the fact that Janine's brother is named Ronnie.
When I was growing up in Kilkenny light years ago in the 1970s and 1980s there was sport or...sport. There was always arts in Kilkenny through the Kilkenny Arts Week in August every year but until recent years I don't think everyone in Kilkenny connected to it. What I love now is that I associate Kilkenny with all sorts of creativity in relation to film, theatre and art and Vultures PI is completely part of that.
Here are both episodes of series two of Vultures PI.
The first is Janine Drew Presents Where Have All The Good Dicks Gone.
and the most recent episode The Lost Lunch of Niall Tennyson.
You can also view the episodes on their ITunes page for free here.