The Last Ship goes Greek

The Last Ship goes Greek. Almost

This season, The Last Ship is going back to basics, returning to a plot similar to that of its first season – a hunt for the cure to a disease, albeit one that’s affecting food plants this time. One big change, though, is that it’s gone to the Med for something billed as ‘Tom Chandler’s own Odyssey’.

Being The Last Ship, they don’t mean that figuratively and this fourth season is based in part on Homer’s Odyssey. Being The Last Ship rather than American Odyssey, they’re also following through on that and making sure you know they’re following through on that, too. As well as initially being set in Greece, there are copious references to ‘the gods’, mentions of Homer, characters called things like Ares, Chandler alternately going around calling himself ‘Noone’ and ‘Hercules’, a journey past the metaphorically crashing rock of Gibraltar (one of the Pillars of Hercules, which is also the name of the second episode), a bunch of modern-day Lotus eaters and even its own version of Calypso/Circe.

To its credit, the show’s actually hired a few Greeks/Greek-Cypriots/Greek-Americans who can speak Greek, which is a step up from The Slap (US), for example. Sure, there’s a few non-Greek speakers who are trying to pass as Greek and who have the crappy accents to match, but for the most part, the dialogue’s correct and even matches what the subtitles say people are saying.

Unfortunately, whoever they’ve got translating everything apparently didn’t get to have a word with the production assistants, judging by the ‘Greek’ in the very important document pictured. Now, said document is owned by a character who’s Greek-American, for sure, but I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d type this nonsense, rather than use either Greek or English.

Take the bottom line: ‘Elaeis virilis’, which is also written as Αγκιέντ Οιλ Παλμ. That’s not Greek, but if you sound it out, you’ll see that it’s supposed to be ‘Agkient Oil Palm’ – ancient oil palm. It’s the same with the lines above it: ‘Αφρικαν Οιλ Παλμ’ and ‘Αμερικαν Οιλ Παλμ’ or ‘Afrikan Oil Palm’ and ‘Amerikan Oil Palm’.

I don’t know what’s going on there. You can type ‘American oil palm’ into Google Translate and get something more accurate in about three seconds (“Αμερικανική φοινικέλαια”). You can’t type ‘Ancient oil palm’ into a PC with the keyboard layout switched to Greek and get what they got either – you get ‘Ανψιεντ Οιλ Παλμ’. So it seems like someone has simply asked how phonetically to get ‘Ancient oil palm’ et all in the Greek alphabet and this is the result.

Which is odd.

Still, at least they’re trying.

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child In Time
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in September 2017? Including The Child in Time

Every month (more or less), TMINE flags up what TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

Quite a nifty one this time, given Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be there, but booking opened today (seriously, BAFTA? Emailing me at midday about this?) so hurry!

TV Preview: The Child in Time + Q&A

Monday, 18 September 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A BBC adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald. Followed by a Q+A with Exec Producer and actor Cumberbatch.

Written by BAFTA-nominee Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters) and directed by BAFTA-winner Julian Farino (Marvellous), this single drama follows children’s author Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch), as he struggles to find purpose in his life after his daughter goes missing.

Stephen’s wife Julie (Macdonald) has left him and his best friends Charles (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Thelma (Saskia Reeves) have retired to the countryside, battling demons of their own. With tenderness and insight, the film explores the dark territory of a marriage devastated, the loss of childhood, the fluidity of time, grief, hope and acceptance.

Produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One and co-produced by MASTERPIECE. Executive Producers are Helen Gregory for Pinewood Television, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and David Boulter for SunnyMarch TV, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE and Stephen Butchard.


Pilot Light TV festival’s Ghostwatch 25th anniversary showing

TV’s not just for Londoners you know. Actually, probably you do know – this might just be something I’m discovering for myself. Similarly, not all TV festivals are for Londoners, either, and the Pilot Light TV festival is a prime example. Now about to enter its ‘third season’, it’ll be taking place in Manchester between 3rd and 6th May 2018:

At Pilot Light we are proud to produce a communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television! In a very similar structure to a traditional film festival, Pilot Light TV Festival is hosted in Manchester over 4 days and will contain screenings featuring all kinds of series new & old plus exclusive panels featuring the writers, producers, directors, actors, commissioners, and more behind them!

We believe that the television industry is in a state of revolution. A large number of the best writers, directors and producers have migrated from Cinema to TV in order to tell the greatest stories in pop culture. These shows are generally produced and seen in the arenas of television networks such as HBO, AMC, C4, BBC & ITV plus web content providers such as Netflix & Amazon. In recent years there has been a surge in independently financed TV Pilot and web series production and their popularity with audiences. We aim to function as a TV equivalent of independent film festivals, by finding the best of this new episodic content from around the globe and giving the talented creative teams behind them opportunities to network with fellow creatives and to place their projects in front of the most important pairs of eyes in TV: the fans and industry professionals!

Which is nice, obviously. I’m not 100% exactly sure how it works, though, since it appears to have some special events as well that don’t take place next year and don’t all take place in Manchester. Hmm.

Anyway, the best of these events by far is a 25th anniversary showing in both London and Manchester of the rather awesome Ghostwatch, followed by a Q&A with writer Stephen Volk, director Lesley Manning, actress Gillian Bevan (London only) and the writer/director of Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains, Rich Lawden. I might actually go to it. The London one, obvs.

Manchester Event Details

30th October 2017 // Gorilla
7pm doors // 8pm start​
Tickets £15ADV – 18+​

London Event Details

31st October 2017 // Genesis Cinema
8.30pm doors // 8.45pm start​
Tickets £18.50ADV – 18+​

Before then, here’s a reminder of what you’re in for:

The Good Place

When’s that show you mentioned starting again, TMINE? Including The Good Place, The Gifted and Star

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

A little bit earlier expected, I know, but hey – it’s nearly September and there have been a few announcements, so I figured easing back into the swing of things with a round-up of all of August’s acquisitions and premiere dates might be a good idea.

First off, in acquisitions:

  • The Good Doctor (US: ABC; UK: Sky Living)
    Freddie Highmore is an autistic savant surgeon. Hasn’t aired in the US yet
  • Reformation (Germany: ZDF; UK: BBC Four)
    Martin Luther biopic. Hasn’t aired in Germany yet!
  • Snowfall (US: FX; UK: BBC Two)
    Cocaine drama set in 80s LA. I watched the first few episodes but it wasn’t that great.
    Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3
  • The Valley (Germany: TNT Serie; UK: Shudder)
    A young man who has lost his memory wakes up near the corpse of a young woman hanging in the harvested grapes.
  • Ronny Chieng: International Student (Australia: ABC; UK: BBC Three)
    Ostensibly Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng in a semi-autobiographical comedy about life at an Australian University – but basically Oz’s answer to Spaced. I ended up recommending it
    Episode reviews: 1-2, 3, 4, 5, 6

But we also have some premiere dates.

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