Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest global TV shows will air in the UK
This week, we’ve seen a few new acquisitions. Romper Stomper (Australia: Stan), the update to the old Russell Crowe movie about neo-Nazis, has been picked up by BBC Three to air some time this year. Meanwhile, Syfy’s picked up Outpost, Dean Devlin and Jonathan Glassner’s series about a strong female hero and the lone survivor of a race called ‘Blackbloods’ who discovers her magical powers as she seeks revenge. That should start some time late this year.
We also have a couple of premiere dates:
The Bold Type (US: Freeform; UK: Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, February 9
Stupid old person’s idea of what smart, talented bold young women working on a magazine like Cosmo must be like. Virtually every line of dialogue is not just empowering, it tells you how empowering it is. Even though very little of it actually is empowering and usually simply reveals the ineptitude at real-life results of those with nothing much more than social media experience.
Episode reviews: 1
The Mechanism (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 23
Character-driven original series inspired by real events in Brazil in which a small group of dogged investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a monstrous corruption scheme and the impact their pursuit has on everyone involved – including themselves.
Yes, bet you forgot I did these, too. Well, there’s one of note announced this week: BBC One’s Ghost in the Water.
Ghost in the Water
Directed by Renny Rye, celebrated for his acclaimed supernatural thrillers, including Box of Delights, and mysteries, including episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders. This suspenseful TV movie first aired on the coveted New Year’s Eve TV spot on BBC One in 1982 and it delighted audiences with its family-friendly yet mysterious ghost story.
Ghost in the Water was adapted for screen by BAFTA-winner Geoffrey Case (The Accountant) from Edward Chitham’s novel of the same name. It’s spooky, atmospheric setting was almost entirely filmed in the Black Country.
Teenager Tess is possessed by another soul, and she begins to experience memories that are not her own but those of a woman who died over a century before, in 1890. She and her classmate David decide to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death, determined to find out what really happened to her.
The authorities originally recorded the death as a suicide, considered a mortal sin in that era. This led to the woman’s spirit living on through Tess in torment. History buffs Tess and David must now prove the death was an accident to allow the woman’s soul to finally rest in peace, and free Tess from her nightmarish visions.
Alongside the young actors Judith Allchurch and Ian Stevens in the lead roles as Tess and David, the film also stars Jane Freeman (Last of the Summer Wine), Paul Copley (Downton Abbey), Ralph Lawton (Z Cars) and Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now).
This DVD release also contains a special feature from Blue Peter in 1982 discussing the film.