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Dante's Cove - season one

cast: William Gregory Lee, Tracy Scoggins, Gregory Michael, Charlie David, and Nadine Heimann

creator: Michael Costanza
90 minutes (18) 2006
widescreen ratio 16:9
TLA DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Alasdair Stuart
In 1840, Ambrosius Vallin (William Gregory Lee) and Grace Neville (Scoggins) are engaged to be married, until Grace catches Ambrosious in flagrante delicto with the stable boy, incinerates the servant, and cages Ambrosious, trapping him in the basement until he's freed by the kiss of a young man.

Skip forward 10 minutes and to the present day, and Kevin Archer (Gregory Michael) is having problems. An openly gay man whose family want nothing to do with him, Kevin moves into the Hotel Dante to be close to his boyfriend, Toby (Charlie David). Surrounded by his friends, all seems well, until, during a party, Kevin hears something in the basement...

Dante's Cove is a breakout hit, on its third season and sharing a universe with here!'s other hit show The Lair. It's easy to see why, the cast are uniformly beautiful and handsome, the locations are nice and the central concept is broad and well handled. Oh, and there's sex. Lots and lots of sex; about every five minutes in fact. From the opening sex scene to the moment where Ambrosius is revived, the series makes it very, very clear that this is a show where sex and the plot go hand in hand. There's nothing wrong with that either, and if you're a fan of softcore porn, occasional full frontal nudity and pseudo-pagan supernatural drama then this is your show. It's refreshingly honest about its subject matter too, and to its credit Michael and David are halfway decent actors as well as being almost unfeasibly chiselled.

If you have any problem with nudity or sex then this is to be avoided. However, if you're looking for a series that marries some cheerfully OTT supernatural elements with an unfeasibly good looking cast, and lots and lots of sex, then this is for you. It's no classic but it's one of the best of its type.

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