When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Bad Blood, Castle Rock, Dead Lucky, Pine Gap, El Recluso, Hymn of Death, Börü, The Passage and Perfume

Börü (Wolf)

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

Acquisitions

Sky 1 picked up CBS (US)’s Magnum P.I., but the only air date we have is “some time in January“. Everything else has a premiere date.

Premiere dates

Dead Lucky

Dead Lucky (Australia: SBS; UK: Sundance Now)
Premiere date: Now

Rachel Griffiths plays a tough cop who doesn’t play by the rules who wants to avenge the death of her partner. Yawn, hey? And yep, I barely made it to the end of the first episode of this, particularly as it’s so sad to see an actress of Griffiths’ talent running through tedious cop clichés such as those and the likes of “not taking the psychiatric sessions seriously after a traumatic incident”.

But as it’s SBS, don’t be surprised that there’s a cultural/diversity aspect to the show. Indeed, where it’s actually interesting is when you get a look at Australian attitudes to immigrants and how the system works, such as with the corner shop owner who employs students for more than the 20 hours a week they’re allowed on their visas because they can’t afford to live otherwise – and whose wife then threatens to get them deported as a result. However, this is all handled so badly, with racists just hammy caricatures who are easily satirised (“Your parents were immigrants”), any political points tended to get squelched out of existence.

All in all, not a good use of my time – or Griffiths’.

Pine Gap

Pine Gap (Australia: ABC; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 7

Initially promising series about the US’s overseas communications monitoring facilities in Pine Gap, Australia, that unfortunately spreads about three episodes worth of jolly decent content over six episodes, filling the gaps with irrelevant soapy tedium. The show starts by giving us a sigint/comint-centric view of modern spying, as we watch America and China come to loggerheads in the South China Seas, and observe what could be an act of terrorism. Unfortunately, for most of the show’s run, we have to dwell on a hunt for a mole in Pine Gap. Nevertheless, when it’s good, it’s very good, and when it’s bad, it’s just dull, so worth watching just to see it practically invent a new TV spy genre.

Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4-5, 6

Bad Blood

Bad Blood (Canada: CTV; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 7

Six-part adaptation of Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War depicting the Montreal-based Rizzuto crime family, with Anthony LaPaglia (RivieraMurder OneWithout A Trace) playing ‘Canada’s most notorious gangster’, the titular Vito Rizzuto. Episode one shows the events that lead up to his arrest, with subsequent episodes revealing what happens after he gets out of prison.

To be honest, despite the Montreal backdrop and accents, this is just your bog standard mafia drama, but with a little less violence because it’s Canada. There’s a good cast that includes Maxim Roy (19-2) and the obligatory Paul Sorvino, but I could only be bothered to watch one episode, it was so generic. Maybe you just have to be Canadian to care.

El Recluso

El Recluso (US: Telemundo; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 7

An American ex-marine, Lázaro Mendoza (Ignacio Serricchio) enters a maximum security prison in Mexico (La Rotunda), under a false identity and accused of a supposed triple homicide. Now as Dante Pardo, his mission is to infiltrate inside a dangerous gang of prisoners and custodians that operates inside and outside the prison. They are the main suspects in the kidnapping of the teenage daughter of an American judge named John Morris (Guy Ecker). Within La Rotunda, Lázaro has to discover who is the mastermind of the kidnapping and find the whereabouts of the girl.

Andre Holland in Castle Rock
Andre Holland in Castle Rock

Castle Rock (US: Audience; UK: StarzPlay)
Premiere date: Friday, December 14

Original psychological-horror series, set in the Stephen King multiverse, reimagines and explores the themes and worlds of the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. The cast includes André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Terry O’Quinn and Bill Skarsgård.

Hymn of Death

Hymn of Death (South Korea: SBS; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 14 (or maybe 28)

Three-part series telling the story of Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim-deok and her playwright boyfriend Kim Woo-jin.

Börü (Wolf)

Börü (Turkey: Star TV; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 21

Tasked with risky operations across Turkey, members of a special security unit confront danger and tragedy both on the field and at home.

Perfume

Perfume (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 21

German Netflix original. Patrick Süskind’s best-selling novel about smell, passion and serial killing gets a shocking contemporary spin. While in boarding school, a group of six become friends through their intense passion for scent. When one is brutally murdered years later, disturbing secrets about the group are revealed when the police investigates each as a suspect. Stars August Diehl, Ken Duken, Friederike Becht, Susanne Wuest, Marc Hosemann, Natalia Belitski, Trystan Pütter, and Wotan Wilke Möhring.

Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in The Passage. ©2018 Fox, Steve Dietl
Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in The Passage. ©2018 Fox, Steve Dietl

The Passage (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 15, 9pm

Based on Justin Cronin’s trilogy of novels, The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.

Stars include Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Brianne Howey, McKinley Belcher III, Henry Ian Cusick and Vincent Piazza.