Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Auf kurze Distanz and Dead Man Working

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

Like Christmas, Thanksgiving in the US seems to last about a fortnight, killing all work within its vicinity. As a result, there have been no new acquisitions this week and even premiere dates have been thin on the ground.

However, Walter Presents does have two new German thrillers and although these aren’t definite premiere dates, the best guess is that both of them are going to be available from next Friday (December 7), so I thought I’d tell you about them now before it’s too late. In both cases, these were Wednesday movies on the TV channel Das Erste that have been split into two episodes for Walter’s benefit.

No sign yet of a rescheduled premiere date for Das Boot, by the way. Looks like Sky Atlantic are going to wait until it’s finished airing in Germany before showing it here.

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Auf kurze Distanz (Point Blank)

Auf kurze Distanz (Point Blank)

An undercover agent (Tom Schilling) suffers from inner conflict as he is supposed to betray his friend who is part of the Serbian sports betting mafia in Berlin.

Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)

Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)

Despite already having an English title, Walter has decided to rename this banking thriller Deadly Money. When a top banker falls from a roof at the pinnacle of his career, a bitter battle erupts between his employer and his widow.

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What have you been watching? Including Schuld and El Ministerio del Tiempo

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

It’s been another quiet week for TV, thanks to the Thanksgiving break. If you like anthology and true crime shows, particularly ones based on podcasts, you could have course have watched Dirty John (US: Bravo; UK: Netflix).

I don’t, though, so I didn’t. Instead, I watched the rest of Narcos: Mexico. I also gave More4’s new German show, Schuld nach Ferdinand von Schirach (Shades of Guilt), a try and after mentioning it rather a long time ago, I finally made a start on El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time).

I’ll be talking about all of them after the jump. Joining them will be the few regulars that didn’t take a Thanksgiving holiday: Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Doctor Who, and Titans.

See you in a mo…

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Quatermass and the Pit
Kneale Before Nigel

Kneale Before Nigel: Quatermass and the Pit in HD

Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit is arguably the point at which TV became capable of doing science-fiction well. Kneale had, of course, transformed British TV with first his adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 and then given us two previous, genre-defining Quatermass serials – Kneale established the “we go to them” genre with The Quatermass Experiment and “they come to us” with Quatermass II. However, let’s just say the technology wasn’t quite there yet and maybe directors were a little too theatrical still.

But Quatermass and the Pit, TV’s first “they were always here”, arrived in 1958, at a time when film was really starting to influence TV and productions no longer needed to be performed completely live. Instead, parts of it could be pre-recorded, opening up location filming and the chance to do more complicated special effects. There were also well established BBC departments for creating special effects and sound, as well as greater budgets available to make things that didn’t look like tatty gloves instead of aliens.

Nevertheless, most TV was still performed live and recorded on 405-line videotape, if at all. But as the previous Quatermass serials had had such an impact, The Powers That Be decided that while Quatermass and the Pit would mostly be performed live, albeit with copious filmed inserts, it would be preserved for posterity by being ‘telerecorded’ on 35mm – that is, a film camera was aimed a TV monitor.

That means something rather exciting: despite being shot for British TV in 1958, large parts of Quatermass and the Pit were HD-ready, provided someone took the time to clean them up. Which is what the BBC has done. Out this month is an actual, honest to goodness, Blu-Ray release of Quatermass and the Pit.

Wondering what it looks like and whether it really is HD? Wonder no more.

I should also point out that you can watch the entire thing on the BBC iPlayer in SD for the next seven months, if you so desire. But really, get the Blu-Ray.