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What have you been watching? Including NOS4A2, City on a Hill and Los Espookys

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Jessica Jones
Marvel’s Jessica Jones

This week’s reviews

Despite my ironing pile not being especially big this weekend, I still managed to work through not only the whole of season three of Netflix’s Marvel’s Jessica Jones but also to review Cinemax (US)’s Jett.

Meanwhile, this week’s Orange Thursday featured Apollo 13 and on top of all that, I’ve managed to watch the first episodes of a few other shows, all of which I’ll be talking about after the jump: Showtime (US)’s City on a Hill, AMC (US)’s NOS4A2 and HBO (US)’s Los Espookys.

I feel quite pleased with myself. Yay me!

Reef Break

What’s coming this week

Tomorrow’s Orange Thursday will take in Men in Black: International (2019) and Tokyo Story (1953). Season 2 of Netflix’s Dark hits teh Interweb on Friday, so that could well be Boxset Monday, and ABC (US)/M6 (France)’s Reef Break will probably get a Tuesday review.

After that, there are bound to be surprises. For me and you.

Lobo in Syfy’s Krypton

The regulars

The InBetween took a break last week, so after the jump, I’ll be looking at the latest episodes of Harrow, Perpetual Grace LTD, Swamp Thing, as well as the season finale of Mr Black. One of those might be getting a promotion to the recommended list.

Krypton has also returned and I watched it.

See you in a mo.

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What TV’s on at the RTS in June? Including The South Bank Show live

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the RTS will be presenting around the country

Only one event that I’ve seen for June, but it looks pretty good.

The South Bank Show Live

Date: Thursday 27 June
Timings: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Join The South Bank Show‘s Melvyn Bragg in conversation with TV writers Jed Mercurio, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Heidi Thomas as they discuss the ideas and influences that inspire their work, how they go about writing their scripts and how they reach out to such substantial audiences.

Edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Show is the longest-running arts show on British television and has showcased both high art and popular culture to a mass audience for over 40 years.

British TV drama is currently commanding huge audiences – and has become one of our main cultural talking points. The subjects of the new South Bank series are Jed Mercurio, the writer and showrunner of Line of Duty and Bodyguard; Jack Thorne*, writer of Skins, National Treasure, This Is England and the theatre production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, writers and stars of The League of Gentleman, Psychoville and the multi-award-winning Inside No. 9 and Heidi Thomas, creator and writer of Call the Midwife, who has also adapted Cranford and Little Women.

An evening not to be missed, this event will give an exclusive insight into how the best British TV drama writers work.  There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session with the panel after the discussion.

*Please note that Jack Thorne is unavailable to attend this event due to the opening night of his new play.

Book tickets (Tickets for RTS Members are complimentary but must be booked in advance. Tickets for non RTS members are £10)

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Jett
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Review: Jett 1×1 (US: Cinemax)

In the US: Fridays, 10pm, Cinemax
In the UK: Not yet acquired

The writing genre known as ‘Elmore Leonard’ is very hard to emulate. Leonard was a blackly comedic but gritty crime writer, but if you get try to do Elmore Leonard and are too comedic, you end up doing ‘Quentin Tarantino’ and if you get too gritty, you end up doing… everyone else.

Small wonder then that even projects based on Leonard’s own work have failed to capture his style, by moving a gnat’s wing in either direction. Indeed, both Get Shorty and Get Shorty failed to embody the essence of Get Shorty.

Interestingly, though, Jett is possibly the closest we’ve seen to a true small screen Elmore Leonard production, despite not being based on any of Leonard’s work.

Carla Gugino in Jett
Carla Gugino in Jett

Jett sexy

Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Roadies, Wayward Pines, The Haunting of Hill House) plays Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief recently released from prison who has every intent on staying out of prison.

Unfortunately, former boss/pal Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) has a big job that only she can do and he’s willing to pay her $500,000 to do it. All she’s got to do is go to Cuba with no back-up and switch for a duplicate a ring currently residing in a safe in Eastern European criminal Greg Bryk (Bitten)’s house.

Needless to say, not everything goes to plan. However, everyone has their own plan, including Esposito, Bryk and Gugino, and no one’s quite what they seem, so exactly whose plan does go to plan and whose doesn’t is debatable…

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What TV’s on at BAFTA in August? Including 4Stories: On the Edge series 2

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

BAFTA’s already looking ahead to the summer, so although there’s bound to be more events to add to June and July’s roster, we have our first August event already.

Preview screening – 4Stories: On the Edge series 2 + Q&A with key creatives

Wednesday, 14 August 2019
6:00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

On the Edge, Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated anthology of short films is back for a second series. The films, which were shot in Wales, were developed though the 4Stories initiative, and written and directed by the most exciting new talent in the UK. They look at the lives of three diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with key creatives. 

Members: Email Hannah to reserve your place.
Non-members: tickets will be available to purchase via the Chapter box office (but not yet as far as I can see)

Adulting
Writer – Chinonyerem Odimba
Director – Ash Morris

Candice is a young vulnerable woman who desperately wants some independence and has moved into her own flat. Kems is a young man, down on his luck, sleeping on his mate Olly’s sofa to get away from his alcoholic dad. A chance meeting leads to an intimate friendship, but when Olly calls in a favour, Kems’ feels under pressure to take advantage of Candice. Have they all underestimated her?

Cast – (newcomer) India Eva Rae, Jack Rowan, Michael Socha 

For You
Writer – John Servante
Director – Stroma Cairns 

A romantic comedy about mental illness. Rev and girlfriend Alex are passionately in love but Rev suffers from anxiety and depression which he tries to control with therapy, medication and mindfulness. Things come to a head at Alex’s sister’s wedding weekend when Rev is confronted by her families prejudice. Will the pressure be too much to bear? Can Rev and Alex’s relationship survive? And will he ever be able to master a golf swing in front of his father in law? 

Cast – Rudi Dharmalingam, Catherine Steadman, Amanda Redman 

BBW 
Writer – Yolanda Mercy
Director – William Stefan Smith 

Remi, a vibrant plus-size British Nigerian woman is looking for love, and for a job, and generally just trying to navigate her impending adulthood. She lives in buzzing Brixton with her single mother, has a great group of friends, and has met a new guy down at the job centre who’s not only fit but seems genuine. But Remi has father issues and uses food to eat her emotions. Can she find a place for herself in this world? 

Cast – (newcomer) Juliet Okotie, Andi Osho, Jamael Westman