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What’s on at the Barbican in September? Including Channel 4 and the 1982 Workshop Declaration

As a rule, TMINE doesn’t normally cover events at the Barbican because they’re almost never TV-related. However, in September, they’ve organised themselves a little TV event, so I thought I’d give you some details.

The Television Will Be Revolutionised: Channel 4 and the 1982 Workshop Declaration

A season of oppositional documentaries from Channel 4’s first decade: a radical, game-changing era that opened doors for diverse voices in cinemas and on British television.

Channel 4 began life in 1981 with a remit to provide innovative broadcasting, and to challenge the mainstream BBC/ITV duopoly. Under the 1982 Workshop Declaration, the Channel agreed to fund and screen films from the ‘alternative’ film and video collectives – known as workshops.

Working closely with trade unions, Labour local authorities, political groups, women’s organisations and ethnic minority communities, by 1988, some 44 workshops had had films funded and screened by Channel 4.

So began a decade of experiment with politically progressive and aesthetically avant-garde documentaries and dramas screened on British television, which continued until 1990. The gateways had been opened to film-makers from diverse and regional backgrounds, and new voices found greater opportunities to share their stories.

Programme and booking details after the jump and these clips…

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Ghoul
News

US Charlie Golf One adaptation; Orange is the New Black, Ghoul trailers; + more

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

Internet TV

  • Trailer for season 6 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black
  • Trailer for Netflix’s Ghoul
  • Belle Shouse, Teagle F Bougere, Rana Roy et al join Facebook Watch’s Queen America
  • Michael K Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo join Netflix’s Central Park Five

Canadian TV

  • Michelle Nolden, Varun Saranga, Andrew Chown et al join CBC’s Burden of Truth

US TV

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

GLOW
Streaming TV

Review: GLOW (season two) (Netflix)

Available on Netflix

TV shows and movies about female empowerment always seem to fail in some way as dramas. Maybe it’s because we generally expect everyone in a drama to be at each other’s throats or maybe it’s because we expect real-life to be full of failure, but anything in which everyone is heart-warmingly co-operative and in which the plucky underdog manages to triumph against the odds – and those who would oppress her – never feels truly authentic.

It doesn’t help that ’empowerment’ has been co-opted as by marketers for just about anything. What Women Want is ruined by many things – including Mel Gibson – but its relentless attempt to persuade you that Nike Women is really all about empowering women rather than extracting cash from them in exchange for over-priced trainers is downright nauseating. And that’s before we get onto anything in which stripping, pole-dancing, posing for naked calendars, beauty competitions et al are portrayed as actually completely liberating experiences, not exploitative, you sexist.

The first season of GLOW was therefore something of a rare beast. At first, little more than a sub-comedic drama set in the 80s world of women’s wrestling – being very loosely based on the genuine show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – it rapidly evolved into a hymn to ineptitude that sees failed actress Alison Brie (Community) working with equally failed schlock film director Marc Maron (Maron) to try to put together a viable pilot for a show about female wrestlers that, really, just isn’t that good. There are terrible storylines, all the women end up playing terrible stereotypes (eg suicide bombers, ‘welfare queens’, evil Russians, members of the Ku Klux Klan) and no one’s actually any good at wrestling or even acting. And at no point doesn’t anyone try to argue that what they’re doing will close the pay gap and end discrimination as we know it

The first season took a little while to get into gear, it has to be said. Mild guffaws, for sure, but it wasn’t until episode seven when they’re actually shooting the pilot that we got some genuine comedy and the season started to come together.

Alison Brie in GLOW
Zoya the Destroyer

Season two

So expectations were… mild for season two. More gentle comedy while a group of slightly diverse women learn to get along together while fighting one another?

Pretty much, yes. That’s what season two is. But let’s not knock that. There are worse ways to spend your time by far, and there is one episode of absolute genius, too.

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Benidorm
News

Benidorm cancelled; BBC2’s This is Going to Hurt; The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka; + more

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Australian TV

UK TV

US TV

Mr Mercedes
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Mr Mercedes and Burden of Truth

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

Not a huge number of acquisitions this week. Netflix acquired ORF (Austria)’s Freud, but that hasn’t even started filming yet, so I can’t tell you any more than the Hollywood Reporter can. Otherwise, the following acquisitions also came with airdates.

Premiere dates

Mr Mercedes

Mr Mercedes (US: Audience; UK: Starzplay)
Premiere date: Available now

I missed this one as it started while I was on holiday, so all I can do is Wiki you:

Retired detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is still haunted by the unsolved case of ‘Mr Mercedes’, who claimed 16 lives when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of job-seekers at a local job fair. Meanwhile, brilliant young psychopath Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), the real Mr Mercedes, reemerges to focus his attention on Hodges. What begins as an online cat-and-mouse game between the two soon has deadly real-life consequences as an increasingly desperate Hartsfield becomes bent on leaving his mark on the world.

Apparently, it’s also based on Stephen King’s ‘Bill Hodges’ trilogy, with seasons two (on its way right now) and three following Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth (Canada: CBC; UK: Universal)
Premiere date: Tuesday, August 14, 9pm

Big city lawyer Kristin Kreuk returns to her home town to defend a big corporation from accusations of having poisoned some teenage girls. However, Kreuk discovers something else is the cause and decides to remain behind to help the girls and find out why everyone still hates her family after all these years.

Actually not that bad and I might have carried on watching if my viewing schedule at the time had allowed it. Plus it actually does do some science now and then, rather than simply ask the audience to feel like something bad could be happening.

Episode reviews: 1, 23