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Watch this: Hap and Leonard on Amazon Prime Video

James Purefoy as Hap Collins and Michael Kenneth Williams as Leonard Pine in Hap and Leonard

Hap and Leonard, Fridays on Amazon Prime Video

THIS new television adaptation of the long-running and much-loved crime fiction series from US author Joe R Lansdale is off to a great start thanks to spot-on casting and a twisted, witty tone tapped directly from the novels.

Set in late 1980s Texas, the six-part series of Hap and Leonard is based on Savage Season, the book that first introduced the draft-dodging Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and his ex-Marine buddy Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) to readers in 1990.

The story is basically a treasure hunt gone haywire: the titular, down-on-their-luck blue collar duo agree to help Hap's ex-girl Trudy (Christina Hendricks) and her current squeeze Howard's (Bill Sage) rag-tag bunch of would-be revolutionaries locate the long lost loot from a bungled bank heist.

Needless to say, in true 'get-rich-quick' tradition, things don't quite go according to plan: cue much bickering, double-crossing, kidnapping and outbreaks of extreme violence as Hap and Leonard attempt to extricate themselves from the first of their many highly entertaining jams.

:: Amazon.co.uk/prime

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