Year of the Rabbit
BAFTA events

What (yet more) TV’s on at BAFTA in April and May? Including Killing Eve and Year of the Rabbit

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

April’s nearly done but BAFTA still has some tricks up its sleeve. It’s also got a big bag of shiny things lined up for May, too.

In particular, there’s an entire day dedicated to this year’s Television Craft and Television Programme Nominees, with speakers that include directors, performers, writers and editors. But frankly, I’m too lazy to copy, paste and style that lot up so it’s best if you go over to the BAFTA web site to find out all about most them.

Killing Eve

Masterclass: Killing Eve

Saturday, 27 April 2019 – 4:00pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A chance to hear from BAFTA- nominated members of the creative team behind the hit programme which has received 14 nominations for this year’s Television Craft and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards.

Speakers include:

  • Harry Bradbeer – Director
  • Colin Wratten – Producer
  • Sally Woodward-Gentle – Producer
  • Gary Dollner – Editor
  • Tom Williams – Sound
  • Steve Phillips – Sound
  • David Holmes – Music
  • Keefus Ciancia – Music
  • Phoebe De Gaye – Costume
  • Kim Bodnia – Supporting Actor

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Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage

Masterclass: Documentary with Grayson Perry and Neil Crombie

Saturday, 27 April 2019 – 5:30pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

Hear from the creative partnership behind several BAFTA-winning and nominated documentaries, programme makers Grayson Perry and Neil Crombie, will share their insights on what makes their projects so distinct and what’s shaped the stories they tell.

Off the back of their most recent nomination for Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage, Grayson and Neil will discuss their career to date, the challenges they’ve faced and what they’ve learned along the way.

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W's Inside The Operating Theatre
W’s Inside The Operating Theatre

TV Preview: Inside the Operating Theatre + Q&A

Thursday, 9 May 2019 – 6:30pm
Everyman Cinema, Princes Square, Glasgow

Inside the Operating Theatre, a brand new 20×60’ series for UKTV’s premium entertainment channel W, offers viewers exclusive access to the busy day surgery unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

With cameras rigged across four operating theatres, it provides a unique view of what it’s like for the 75 staff performing around 100 operations a week. They carry out a huge variety of life-changing procedures, from cardiology through to complex orthopaedics.

The team includes everyone from the fastidious cleaner to the most experienced of surgeons – plus a whole host of nursing and surgical staff. Despite the serious moments, there’s plenty of laughter and no one lets a patient go home before they’ve had a nice cup of tea. The series also gives an intimate insight into patients’ lives, meeting them on a day that they’ve been anticipating for months. Their surgery will often revolutionise their quality of life. We meet people hoping to have their sight saved; others desperate for a cure for their chronic pain; and even patients coming to find out if they have cancer.

Inside the Operating Theatre is produced by Brown Bob Productions and builds on UKTV’s popular ‘Inside the…’ franchise, following the successes of Inside The Ambulance and Inside The Vets. 

The first episode will be screened and will be followed by a Q&A with UKTV’s Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment Hilary Rosen, Brown Bob Productions Creative Director and Co-Founder Jacqueline Hewer, and Series Producer Audrey Neil.

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Channel 4's Year of the Rabbit
Channel 4’s Year of the Rabbit

TV Preview: Year of the Rabbit

Monday, 20 May 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A preview of the new Channel 4 comedy followed by a Q+A with Matt Berry, Freddie Fox, Susan Wokoma, Ben Taylor, Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil.

The series follows Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry), a hardened booze-hound who’s seen it all, and his new, hapless, by-the-books partner (Freddie Fox). While they’re investigating a local murder, the lewd but insightful adoptive daughter (Susan Wokoma) of the chief of police joins them, becoming the country’s first female officer. Together, the trio must fight crime while rubbing shoulders with street gangs, crooked politicians, Bulgarian princes, spiritualists, music hall stars and the Elephant Man.

Year of the Rabbit is directed by BAFTA-nominated Ben Taylor (Catastrophe) and written by Emmy-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep).

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Tales of the City
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Bad Seed, Tales of the City, and Overspel

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK

A little bit of catch-up, since TMINE was on a break last Friday, and a little bit earlier than usual since it’s Good Friday tomorrow, but here’s WTSYMST. That’s not catchy, is it?

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this fortnight, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

Premiere dates

Dean O’Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1 (New Zealand)’s The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed (New Zealand: TVNZ1; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, May 14, 9pm

Based on a series of books by award-winning New Zealand author, Charlotte Grimshaw, The Bad Seed tells the story of two brothers from the same dysfunctional family who, having escaped the desperate days of their early childhood, find their newly ordered lives falling apart when one becomes a suspect in a murder.

I was planning to review The Bad Seed today, since the first episode was on Sunday. However, I wasn’t paying attention to the schedules and it turns out that it’s been airing nightly this week, with the final episode set to air tonight. So instead, I’ll try to boxset the whole series at some point in the next week or so – assuming it’s any cop, of course.

Vara (The Netherlands)'s Overspel (The Adulterer)
Vara (The Netherlands)’s Overspel (The Adulterer)

Overspel (The Adulterer) (The Netherlands: VARA; UK: Channel 4/All4)
Premiere date: Sunday, April 28, 11pm

When Iris and Willem cross paths, sparks fly and they cannot deny the intense chemistry between them… little do they know that their lives will soon become more entangled than they could possibly imagine.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 7

Fourth instalment of the series based on Armistead Maupin’s books, which started on Channel 4 in the UK in 1993 and was later revived by Showtime in the US in 1998 and 2001, and is now being revived again by Netflix.

Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.

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The Gifted, Rel, Zapped cancelled; shorter Swamp Thing; + more

Every weekday, TMINE brings you the latest TV news from around the world

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Film

Orange Wednesday: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Every Wednesday, TMINE reviews two movies and infringes a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

TMINE’s holiday break last week not only affected my TV viewing, it also had an effect on my movie watching, too. As a result, despite this being Orange Wednesday, I only had the time to watch one movie.

Excitingly, it was a recommendation from the TMINE-reading public, too: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which various, famously voiced versions of the even more famous wall-crawler come together from different dimensions to fight the notorious Kingpin, tell an origin story and reveal what it takes to be a hero.

That’s after the jump…

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Dax Shepard and Lake Bell in ABC (US)'s Bless This Mess
US TV

Review: Bless This Mess 1×1 (US: ABC)

In the US: Tuesdays, 9.30/8.30c, ABC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Culture clashes seem to be one of the big concerns of network US comedies these days. Black/white, middle-class/working-class, traditional/modern, famous/unknown – imagine the hilarity as everyone tries to understand everyone else from different backgrounds. Not all such concerns are US-specific, of course. New US arrival Bless This Mess, for example, is somewhat similar to two other recent shows from other countries – Canada’s Cavendish and New Zealand’s Fresh Eggs – in trying to make us laugh at urban/rural culture clashes. But if you’re going to do it, you need to have something new to say and some observations to make. Bless This Mess doesn’t.

Here, the set-up is that a New York married couple – therapist Lake Bell (Boston Legal, Childrens Hospital) and music journalist Dax Shepard (Parenthood) – inherit a Nebraskan farmhouse and sight-unseen, decide to relocate the countryside for a new life as farmers. Plausible, huh?

However, once they’re there, they discover that the farmhouse is in need of a touch of repair, the farmland is barren and they have all manner of ‘interesting’ neighbours: live-in neighbour Ed Begley Jr, store owner/sheriff/amateur thespian Pam Grier and rival farmer David Koechner (Anchorman) who’d quite like to buy the property from them.

Can they make a success of both their farm and their relationships with their new neighbours?

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