#TurnUpCharlie review - Idris Elba's series falls short of expectations

TURN UP CHARLIE dropped on today and sees Idris Elba swap his role as brooding DCI John Luther for fun-loving DJ Charlie, who takes on the job of nanny for his best friend’s daughter as he tries to make a successful comeback. Does the series live up to the hype?

PUBLISHED: 18:10, Fri, Mar 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:20, Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Turn Up Charlie has been highly-anticipated by fans of Idris and looked set to showcase his talents as a DJ, unfortunately, there seemed to be very little time for music.

Idris’ character Charlie was famous in the Nineties and wants to have a successful comeback but his journey isn’t without a fair few hurdles.

It’s quickly made clear Charlie’s only way to become famous again is to look after Gabby (played by Frankie Hervey), the daughter of best friend David (JJ Feild) and Sara (Piper Perabo) in order to get studio time to work on his music.

Sure the cast head to a Latitude, Ibiza and even nightclub just outside London for a rave but it feels like the music takes a backseat.

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Charlie can be seen in Sara’s studio at various points in the eight-part series working on his music and performing at a few gigs but viewers never hear his hit track in full.

And, when he works on new music later in the series, this also isn’t featured in the show.

It’s a little disappointing to watch a show, which follows a DJ, lacking in the music department when there are so many opportunities for it to take centre-stage.

Personally, too much time is spent watching Charlie try to bond with Gabby and balance his work with his friendship with David.

While the scenes between Charlie and Gabby are mostly quite endearing, for example their heart-to-heart in a community garden, it just wasn’t what I expected to see.


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