... and four other things you need to know about this week, including Finland's dreamiest tram driver, the film that David O Russell walked out on, and a Milan Kundera novella that's (relatively) easy to readMore
Who knows how much mileage there is left in the behind-the-scenes-of-the-entertainment-industry spoof documentary, but here’s a new TV show that will put that to the test. Hoff the Record follows the fictional exploits of Bay Watch actor/Berlin Wall destroyer David Hasselhoff, who is attempting to recover from his fifth divorce and bankruptcy by plying his trade in England. As you can imagine, the show gives Hasselhoff, who stars, plenty of scope to self-satirise, though it takes a different tack from the star cameos in Extras in that The Hoff is the sympathetic character, while it’s the cronies and half-wits around him who are the really morally bankrupt ones. It’s a brave move, but whether or not the joke can last a whole series without getting too sad remains to be seen.
Starts 9pm, Thursday 18 June on Dave
There are some jobs which you’d hope wouldn’t inspire too much creativity: heart surgeon, air traffic controller, drone operator, etc. Driving a tram, however we can live with – push the “go” lever, sit back, and let your imagination run wild. It certainly seems to have worked for Finnish musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi, who used to earn his living gliding around Helsinki (It’s so easy,” he told one interviewer, “and there is definitely room for your own thoughts”). Now based in Berlin, Kalevi is releasing his self-titled debut album today, which is an entrancing mix of synth-pop and electronic grooves – imagine Jungle being hit with a tranquiliser dart. Lovely stuff.
Out today (Weird World / Domino)