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What TV’s on at BAFTA in January? Including Pure, Pitching In and The Paras: Men of War

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

BAFTA has no fewer than three lovely TV events planned around the UK for January so far, all of them for programmes that start with the letter P. How Sesame Street.


TV Preview: The Paras: Men Of War

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN

A preview of new ITV documentary series For The Paras: Men Of War, followed by a Q&A with key members of the production team.

This landmark series offers unprecedented access to the Parachute Regiment, exploring all aspects of this closed world which turns raw recruits into elite soldiers trained to kill.

The Paras: Men Of War provides a unique perspective and unflinching account of what it takes to make the grade, as well as providing an intimate insight into the characters of the young men and the officers charged with transforming them into battle ready paratroopers, who are the first in to any conflict. Only a few of those who join up will make it to the end.

The 3×60 series is commissioned for ITV by Tom Giles, and produced by Neil Grant (Executive Producer) and Nick Betts (Series Producer/Director) for Avanti.

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TV Preview: Pure

Monday, 14 January 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new six-part Channel 4 comedy drama followed by a Q+A with the creative team.

The series follows Marnie (Charly Clive) who’s caught in the grip of an undiagnosed form of obsessive compulsive disorder – a form of OCD nicknamed ‘pure O’ – where her obsessions take the form of intrusive thoughts, often sexual. On the day of her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary things reach a peak and at breaking point, she packs a bag and jumps on a coach to London. But in the capital, Marnie soon discovers she’s not the only one who’s lost…

Written by newcomer Kirstie Swain and based on Rose Cartwright’s acclaimed memoir, the lead director is BAFTA-nominated Aneil Karia and the cast includes Charly Clive, Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father), Niamh Algar (The Bisexual) and Anthony Welsh (Black Mirror).

Produced by Jen Kenwood and executive produced by Roanna Benn. The production company is Drama Republic and Manpreet Dosanjh is the commissioning editor for C4 drama.

We will be screening the first 2 episodes. With thanks to Channel 4

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Preview screening: Pitching In + Q&A with Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters

Thursday, 17 January 2019 – 7:00pm
Pontio, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor LL57 2TQ

BBC Wales and BAFTA Cymru present Pitching In, starring Larry Lamb and featuring Melanie Walters, Hayley Mills, Caroline Sheen, Ifan Huw Dafydd and Valmai Jones. Join some of the stars of this brand new warm hearted comedy drama, produced by LA Productions, to preview the first episode.

The series is set around a caravan park on the north Wales coast, and was filmed in Anglesey.

Members are invited to join an invited audience at a drinks reception from 18.00.

All tickets for this event are free. Members can email Vicki to reserve their place; public tickets for the screening and Q&A can be reserved through the Pontio box office.

Meanwhile, over in Athens, Skai TV is getting blown up

Fortunately no one was hurt, as the offices had been evacuated, but in the Neo Faliro area of Athens, a bomb was set off outside the offices of Skai TV on Monday morning. You can see it happen about 1 minute into this video:

As far as I can tell, no one in particular has claimed responsibility, beyond “anti democratic forces”, but given Skai is a private station (ERT is the Greek government station), it seems an odd target to pick.


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What have you been watching? Including Arrowverse crossover, Counterpart and Fortitude

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

Oops. Friday was busier than expected, which means last week lost out on having a WHYBW altogether. Sorry about that.

Still, here it is. As promised last time, I did manage to watch the first three episodes of Netflix’s Plan Cœur (The Hookup Plan), but I’ve yet to tuck into Dogs of Berlin.

Fortitude Season 3


I also made a start on the third, final season of Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude. However, since that’s gone both full-on horror and also become quite silly, with vampiric Californians doing live trepanning to achieve eternal youth, I decided to give up on it about three-quarters through the first episode – at the point when Detective Dan starts hugging and chatting to dead bodies, in fact.

I know it’s only four episodes long, so I might tune in for the final episode at some point, but The Killing Times is doing episodic reviews and since I’d rather not actually watch wasps stinging people’s eyeballs and ‘stabby shamanic sex’, I might just read those instead of watching it.

The Shape of Things To Come

With Christmas nearly upon us, most shows are winding up for the holidays, but last Thursday and Friday saw the unleashing of the third season of Travelers on Netflix, the second season of 4 Blocks on Amazon and the Christmas special of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, so I’m sure there’ll be plenty for me to chat about this week – perhaps for another WHYBW. I’m already up to the third episode of Travelers, so that’s promising at least. Boxset Thursday, anyone?

Counterpart also made its return last Sunday, so I’ll be chatting about the first two episodes of that after the jump, as well.

Counterpart season 2

And the regulars…

Also after the jump are my thoughts on the latest episodes of the few remaining regulars: Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Happy Together, Magnum P.I. and Titans. I watched the second half of the first season of Nightflyers, so I’ll chat about that, too. And since the schedules were a little light last week, I thought I’d tune in for the annual crossover of a few of TMINE’s old regulars – Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, which took a trip to some Elseworlds. More about that after the jump, too.

But no, I’ve still not watched Doctor Who. Maybe over Christmas.

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