Big marks for new ‘Big Love’

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HBO’s success series ‘Big Love’ is all about secrets. The reasoning behind the Henrickson family’s deceptive (however fleeting) manner; how they lure the best at heart into a game that’s seemingly necessary; and ultimately why the delicious knowledge of a secret isn’t yours to hold onto forever. Season Four of ‘Big Love’ begins with the opening of a Kenny Rogers-style ‘family-friendly’ casino that protagonist Bill Henrickson worked on attaining all of last season. Meanwhile is three wives – played exceptionally beautifully by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin – continue trying to act ‘normal’ in the public eye: from crafts selling to political campaigning (Bill decides he’s going to run for local office). Regardless of main leads, every actor on this show appears to have stepped up their game, and you realise how superb the casting is, even if it just watching young Ben Henrickson (Douglas Smith) bonding with his kooky grandma (the wonderful Gracie Zabriskie). Oh, and the theme tune’s changed this season. Gone is The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’, and its place a gorgeous lullaby by Engineers called ‘Home’ (which we still can’t seem to find to download).

‘Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season’ is out through Warner Bros Home Entertainment.