In the UK: Tuesdays, 10pm, Sky Atlantic
In the US: Acquired by DirecTV. Starts July 11
For many years, BSkyB has been seen by many in the UK as something of a scubby parasite. It earns a fortune from sports subscriptions and then what does it do with them? Uses them to price every other broadcaster out the sports market to make even more money, which is uses to acquire all the good US TV shows to make even more money (£6.6 billion in 2011). But does it make any programming itself? No, just tacky reality shows.
But the times, they are a changing. Sky may have poached all the good US TV shows, even signing an exclusive deal to acquire everything HBO makes and air it on a new channel Sky Atlantic, but now it's started to get into the business of making halfway decent, scripted TV shows. It's putting a real effort into comedy on Sky 1, it's got two more-than-halfway decent arts channels in the form of Sky Arts 1 and 2, and despite the confusing name on the tin, Sky Atlantic now has its first home-grown UK drama.
Created by Paul Abbott of Shameless fame and written by writer-film director Sean Conway (brilliantlove, Alex and Her Arse Truck (no really), Rabbit Stories and Kings of London), it's about a trans hitwoman who suddenly discovers she has a son by a former girlfriend. Chloë Sevigny - a Golden Globe-winning US actress who's best known for Showtime's Big Love but also for movies such as American Psycho, Lars von Trier's Dogville and Boys Don't Cry, in which she played a woman who falls in love with a trans man - is Mia, the hitwoman in question, who has to trundle off to meet her new family and to become both father and mother to them.
And unlike a lot of previous attempts by Sky at original programming, it's not half bad. Even though it also stars Jonas Armstrong from Robin Hood, it's about a trans hitwoman trying to raise a family in the Yorkshire Dales and it's called Hit and Miss. Clever, huh?
Here's a trailer.