The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
BFI events

What TV’s on at the BFI in September/October? Including The Bisexual, Butterfly and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London

We’re now up to the traditional weird BFI-only month of September/October. This is usually a time when there’s not much on, usually due to one film season or another. However, there’s actually a bumper range of programming. The main highlight is a season of archive shows and plays written by women, including the likes of Fay Weldon, but there are previews as well of the forthcoming The Bisexual and Butterfly, a reshowing of Fable, and May’s postponed event timed to coincide with the launch of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Blu-Ray has finally got itself a new date.

All that after the jump.

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Killing Eve
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in September 2018? Including Killing Eve, A Discovery of Witches, Outsiders and No Offence

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA’s got some interesting TV lined up for September, including previews of Killing Eve (all the episodes of which I’ve reviewed elsewhere on the blog if you do a quick search, but here’s the TMINE verdict), A Discovery of Witches, Outsiders and the third series of No Offence. Here’s what you can still buy tickets for, though (sorry – holidays!)

Killing Eve

TV Preview: Killing Eve

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 – 6:30pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new BBC series followed by a Q&A with the creative team.

From multi-BAFTA winning writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) the eight-part series follows Eve (Sandra Oh), a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. That is until she’s tasked with tracking down fearsome assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), throwing them into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head.

The all-star cast includes Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and Kim Bodnia (The Bridge).

The series is a Sid Gentle Films Ltd production for BBC America, and was acquired from Endeavor Content. It will premiere on BBC One and will be made available as a box set on BBC.

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UK premiere: A Discovery of Witches + Q&A

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 – 7:00pm
Cineworld, Mary Ann St, Cardiff CF10 2EN

Bad Wolf Productions and SKY One present the UK premiere of their brand new TV series. Adapted from Deborah Harkness’ best selling novel A Discovery of Witches is a contemporary love story set in our world, but one which humans share with the declining species of witches, vampires and daemons – creatures existing and working amongst us, but hiding, unknown to most humans, in plain sight.

Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) plays brilliant academic and historian Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch denying her heritage. The discovery of a manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery and into the path of enigmatic geneticist Matthew Clairmont played by Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Crown), an ancient vampire hiding dark family secrets.

Bad Wolf is the result of over 15 years of creative collaboration between founders Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and the production and creative community of Wales.

A Q&A with key cast and crew will follow the screening. Details to be confirmed nearer the time.

We have an allocation of members’ tickets available. Please email Vicki to reserve your place.

TV Preview: No Offence

Monday, 10 September 2018 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the third series of Paul Abbott’s BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 series, followed by a Q+A with creator and writer Abbott, director Catherine Morshead and cast Joanna Scanlan and Will Mellor.

This season sees the crime-fighting Friday Street team face off against their most formidable antagonist yet: the far-right. A contentious Manchester mayoral election is a tinderbox ready to ignite. And a far-right group are determinedly fuelling the chaos. When a political event becomes a flashpoint for deadly violence the team must race to catch a killer and stop an escalating reign of terror across the city.

DI Viv Deering (Scanlan) and her coppers find themselves clashing once more with the underworld and the upper brass alike. Deering’s never had it so tough and finds she must deploy every weapon in her arsenal to keep her team together and restore peace to a community wracked with political and xenophobic uncertainty.

The all-star cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Sharon Rooney and Neil Maskell.

No Offence is written and created by Paul Abbott and produced by his company AbbottVision. Executive Producers are Paul Abbott, Martin Carr and Paul Coe for AbbottVision; with Philip Leach as Producer.

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TV Preview: Outsiders

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 – 6:00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Tom thinks it’s time his youth group got in touch with their inner selves, outside. But when group therapy and organised fun collide, bad things happen. A new comedy drama with songs. Written by 5 new Welsh writers and starring 6 new Welsh actors/actresses, ‘Outsiders’ will be broadcast as a 30 minute TV drama on BBC Wales this autumn. A BBC Writersroom and Boom Cymru production for BBC Wales.

We’ve all got problems, but Tom has more than most as he’s taking his teen therapy group for their big summer outing. Only the venue turns out to be a bit crap and there are hours to fill until the minibus comes back to pick them up. The teenagers don’t want to be there, but Tom is sure they’ll be able to get in touch with their inner-selves, outside… without touching each other that is. There are no breakthrough, life changing moments, but as Tom attempts to keep the gang entertained – and alive – there is something resembling fun, friendship and laughter. Oh and there’s songs….

Each individual character story is written by a different emerging Welsh writer. Outsiders can be watched as five single standalone films or as one half hour of comedy drama.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the team behind Outsiders with a discussion centred around BBC Wales’ commitment to Comedy and the BBC’s Commitment to new talent in association with BBC Writersroom. More information coming soon on the Q&A panellists.

This is a post-watershed show which contains strong language and adult themes.

We have 20 complimentary members tickets available for this event. Email Vicki to reserve your place.

Public tickets are available to purchase via Chapter.

Twin Peaks
Events

There’s going to be an official UK Twin Peaks festival in September

TMINE is just beginning its ‘return to work’ phase, so let’s start off with something simple – an event I can simply copy and paste into an entry:

THE 9th Official TWIN PEAKS UK FESTIVAL

September 29th and 30th 2018
London Irish Centre and Camden Square Gardens, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

Tickets: from £85 www.twinpeaksukfest.com

For fans of Twin Peaks, the cult American TV series created by writer Mark Frost and director David Lynch, the annual Twin Peaks UK festival is a highlight of their calendar. Celebrating the phenomenal cult hit, that has captivated fans for nearly 30 years, from its launch in 1990 to the most recent 2017 series, the Official Twin Peaks UK Festival was founded by British writer and producer Lindsey Bowden in 2010 and has since become a hugely popular and firm favourite with both fans of the series and with Twin Peaks cast and crew members.

This September the Official Twin Peaks UK Festival returns to London to re-create the eerie, fictional town of Twin Peaks, over the weekend of September 29th and 30th at the London Irish Centre in Camden with activities extended to Camden Square Gardens.  Guests will be able to rub shoulders with stars of the show as they dig into some damn fine cherry pie with a cup of coffee.  David Lynch Coffee in fact.

EVENTS

Live music with the divine Rebekah Del Rio on Saturday September 29th

Screening of the 1992 film ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ on Sunday September 30th

Onstage Q&As with the stars on Sunday September 30th hosted by British author and journalist Tom Huddleston

Screening of the classic 2001 David Lynch movie ‘Mulholland Drive’

A special train car featuring a VR experience of Twin Peaks.

“The Glass Box” photo opportunity

Short films, merchandise, art gallery

Damn fine cherry pie, endless doughnuts

Charity Auction including Rebekah Del Rio’s Mulholland Drive & Twin Peaks dresses and David Lynch signed a copy of his Nudes book

STAR GUESTS

Just added to the exciting list of stars attending the event is singer, musician and actress Chrysta Bell

“Hailing from Texas, Chrysta Bell is a hugely successful singer songwriter, musician and actress, starring in ‘Twin Peaks’ in 2017 as Special Agent Tamara Preston. Her partnership with David Lynch started back in 1999 when they met.  Lynch has co-written and produced two of her albums; ‘This Train’ and ‘Somewhere in the Nowhere’, as well as co-writing her track ‘Polish Poem’ which featured on his ‘Inland Empire’ movie soundtrack.  Lynch has said of Chrysta Bell “The first time I saw her perform, I thought she was like an alien. The most beautiful alien ever.” Chrysta Bell joins the Peak-tastic line up of:

Dana Ashbrook played Bobby Briggs 1990-1991 in the original series; reprised his role in the prequel film 1992 ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ and again in David Lynch’s revival series in 2017 ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.  Dana’s well known to TV audiences from his appearances in popular series such as ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘Rules of Engagement’, ‘Law and Order’ and many more.

John Pirruccello played Deputy Chad Broxford in ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.  John is a well known TV/stage/film actor, comedian, and voice artist lending his voice to a great many TV and radio commercials, video games, cartoons, movies and TV series including ‘Two And A Half Men’. John can currently be seen in HBO’s smash hit comedy drama ‘Barry’.

Kimmy Robertson played Lucy Moran/Brennan in the 1990-1991 original series of ‘Twin Peaks’; she reprised her role as Lucy Moran in a deleted scene in ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ and reprised her role as the now married Lucy Brennan in ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.  Kimmy’s numerous TV and film credits include ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’, ‘ER’, ‘Psych’ and more.

Singer Rebekah Del Rio will be performing at the festival on Saturday September 29th.  Rebekah is legendary in the world of David Lynch for her cameo in the film ‘Mulholland Drive’ (David Lynch, 2001) when she sang acappella ‘Llorando’ (the Spanish version of Roy Orbison’s ‘Cryin’’).  She also performed the song ‘No Stars’, written in collaboration with David Lynch and John Neff in Part 10 of  ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’.

THE HISTORIC LONDON IRISH CENTRE WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE LEGENDARY TOWN

Alongside Q&As, signings and star performance events and more, the rooms and hallways of The London Irish Centre, housed in a beautiful Regency terrace in Camden, north London, will be transformed into the legendary town of Twin Peaks.  And Fans and visitors to the 9th annual Official Twin Peaks UK Festival will be able to enjoy a sumptuous feast of entertainment and excellent refreshments as well as guests, autographs, live music, opportunities to purchase official merchandise and a few surprise encounters along the way.

IMMERSIVE EVENTS, UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES, CURATED ART AND MORE

Visitors will be able to visit The Great Northern Hotel, take part in the Mulholland Drive Jitterbug Class, visit the mysterious, seductive Black Lodge and Mr C’s Tulpa Creatives art class will be welcoming new students!

Welcomed by the One Eyed Jacks girls, festival guests will have access to screenings (including Lynch inspired fan made short films), and live performances from Lynchian burlesque and cabaret troupe The Double R Club, who produce very funny, very dark, sexy and nightmarish scenarios based on their favourite Twin Peaks characters.

The festival Art Gallery will showcase inspired fan art including the popular ‘Return To Twin Peaks’ photographic exhibition by Canadian photographer Blake Morrow; his photos are coming straight from the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France.  Downstairs the Roadhouse/Bang Bang Bar will be hosting live music on both days of the festival, with DJ sets on the Sunday evening.  And there will even be live owls on show in the section named The Call of the Owl – a vital aspect of the Twin Peaks legacy.

This year a special treat will be in store for visitors – a train carriage will be parked in Camden Square Gardens, and will offer a thrilling VR experience – with actual locations shot in Washington State.  To enter the train car the fans will need to go through the circle of trees that is the ‘evil in these woods’ Glastonbury Grove.  After visiting the real life locations, they can relax in the picnic area.

LISTINGS – TWIN PEAKS UK FESTIVAL 2018      

Dates:          September 29th-30th 2018

Doors:          Saturday September 29thVIP ticket holders 9.30am; Standard ticket holders 10am

Sunday September 30thAll ticket holders: 10am

Venue:         London Irish Centre and Camden Square Gardens, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

Ticket prices:

VIP £300.00

Standard Weekend ticket (does not include signings – these can be bought extra) £150.00

Standard One Day only (does not include signings – these can be bought extra) £85.00

Tickets / Information: www.twinpeaksukfest.com

TMINE is on holiday
TMINE

TMINE is now on holiday

It’s that time again. August is nearly upon us, bearing little TV news and few new TV shows – as well as my annual pilgrimage to Greece.

When will I be back? Good question that I’ve asked myself and answered already during this week’s WHYBW?, if you want the full vague details, the general drift is:

  1. The Daily News will be back on Monday, September 3
  2. Everything else will be back at some point between August 16 and September 3, depending on my mood, whether I’ve been seized by Nereids, etc.

However, I may be posting the occasional bit of TV news or thoughts on the TMINE Facebook page, or tweeting (or more likely retweeting) away on Twitter. And if I spot anything televisual, I’ll bung it up on the TMINE Instagram feed.

Keep ’em peeled, anyway.

Meanwhile, keep chatting here with one another, reviewing shows you’ve seen yourselves and being an excellent to one another. Also, if you have some holiday reading suggestions, let me know.

If you’re going on vacation yourself, I hope you have a great time. See you all refreshed and ready for more TV in three to five weeks’ time!

Because then Iron Fist will be back for season two. Oh yes. Will I avoid watching season one this vacation for a fifth time in preparation? Stay tuned to find out…

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes
Internet TV

YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium and it’s available in the UK

As I mentioned in passing on Wednesday, YouTube’s paid-for service YouTube Red has not only renamed itself YouTube Premium, it’s been made available here in the UK.

This is good for several reasons:

  1. YouTube Red did sound a bit porny
  2. No one knew what YouTube Red was
  3. It’s actually started producing some decent shows
  4. I felt a bit stupid constantly reviewing shows that no one in the UK had a chance of watching unless they paid £1.89/episode

On point 3, we’ve gone in the space of less than a year from the “moderately okay but not worth paying money for” likes of Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* and Lifeline through to the “genuinely as good as you’ll see anywhere else” likes of Impulse and Cobra Kai. That ain’t bad. There are proper TV networks that have been running for years that haven’t produced anything close to as good as the latter two.

What do you get with YouTube Premium?

However, the devil’s in the details. The current UK cost of YouTube Premium is £11.99 a month, which given Netflix is only £5.99 if you don’t mind SD, £7.99 for HD and £9.99 for UltraHD, is a big ask. However, YouTube Premium does offer three features it reckons justify the price:

  1. Ad-free and offline: Enjoy YouTube ad-free, offline and in the background.
  2. YouTube Music Premium: A music streaming service from YouTube. Explore a complete world of music without interruptions.
  3. YouTube Originals: Watch new original series & movies from your favourite stars.

So basically, no ads, a music service, and exclusive TV and movies if you pay the price. The music service, if that’s your inclination, includes Google Play, but more likely, you’re interested in the exclusive TV and movies. So what has YouTube Premium got?

Approximately bugger all, unless you’re under 25. Even then, you’ve got to be really into dance.

Meanwhile, for everyone else, anything worth noting, I’ve already reviewed. Indeed, what I’ve reviewed is a super-set of everything worth noting.

Fortunately, YouTube Premium does offer a one-month free trial, so you can at least watch the good stuff and still have 28 days or so to play around with everything else on YouTube Premium, all without having to pay a penny.

Still, given how much the service has come along in just a year, this time in 2019, it might be a very different story. Assuming we haven’t all died in some horrible apocalypse by then.