Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK
All the acquisitions this week came with premiere dates, so let’s get right down to it, after the jump as we’ve got a really global list of shows coming up: Monster (Norway), Dinner For One (Germany), Charmed (US), LA to Vegas (US), Now Apocalypse (US), Coroner (Canada), When Heroes Fly (Israel), Vår tid är nu (The Restaurant) (Sweden), Siempre Bruja (Always a Witch) (Colombia) and Qalb Al Adala (Heart of Justice) (UAE).
Monster (Norway: NRK; UK: StarzPlay)
Premiere date: Available now
In the dark and remote landscape of northern Norway, a brutal murder reveals a mass grave which links old cases to missing people. Local policewoman Hedda (Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes) is assigned to the case along with special investigator Joel Dreyer (Jakob Oftebro) from Oslo, and their different backgrounds, personalities and methods immediately set them against each other.
However, when the investigation begins to spiral out of control, both detectives resort to questionable methods to stay on the case and protect their secrets.
Dinner For One (Germany: Norddeutscher Rundfunk; UK: Sky Arts)
Premiere date: Monday, December 31, 6.10pm
Nothing’s more German than sitting down on New Year’s Eve with the family to watch 55-year-old English short comedy Dinner For One, in which a butler pretends to be his employer’s dead friends at her 90th birthday dinner. Weirdly, it’s never actually aired in the UK until now, but Sky Arts has acquired it and now you can join in with this excellent German tradition, too.
Charmed (US: The CW; UK: E4)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 8, 9pm
Insipid, #MeToo try-hard remake of the rather better original 90s show about three sisters who learn they’re powerful witches and have to fight the forces of evil together.
Episode reviews: 1
LA to Vegas (US: Fox; UK: Paramount)
Premiere date: Tuesday January 8, 9pm
Quickly cancelled workplace comedy about a bunch of disparate people who share the same flight to Vegas from LA every weekend. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, with most of the comedy involving people playing off one another’s foibles. There are some good individual cast members, but the script is the big letdown.
Episode reviews: 1
When Heroes Fly (Israel: Keshet 12; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Thursday, January 10
Years after a bitter falling out, four Israeli military veterans reunite and travel to Colombia in search of a loved one they’d presumed to be dead.
Vår tid är nu (The Restaurant) (Sweden: SVT; UK: Sundance Now)
Premiere date: Thursday, January 17
Sprawling, ensemble drama that opens in the aftermath of the Second World War and runs across two decades, charting the fortunes of the owners and staff of Djurgårdskällaren, a high-end restaurant in the heart of Stockholm. It could also be described as a state-of-the-nation drama, but one that examines contemporary Swedish society from the perspective of the post-war years and through the emergence of the country’s welfare state.
Not seen it, but it’s supposed to be one of Sweden’s most ambitious ever dramas. It’s original title translates as ‘Our Time Is Now’, BTW.
Qalb Al Adala (Justice) (UAE: OSN Ya Hala Al Oula HD; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Sunday, January 20
Running weekly, the 18-episode season follows Abu Dhabi hotshot lawyer Hassan (Mansoor Al Feeli) and his daughter and recent legal graduate Farah (Fatima Al Taei) as they solve a series of cases directly inspired by real-life court proceedings from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
While the Arabic series is produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the Dubai-based Beelink Production, the show’s creators are the Oscar-nominated director Walter Parks (He Named Me Malala and Flight) and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and television producer William Finkelstein (LA Law and NYPD Blue).
In what is hailed as one of the first cross-cultural methods of television production, the duo is responsible for penning the scripts and plotting the episodes while the UAE-based crew from Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Beelink are tasked with translating them and adding local touches.
Coroner (Canada: CBC; UK: Universal)
Premiere date: Monday, January 21, 9pm
Coroner follows Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto. Jenny is a brave, determined yet vulnerable coroner, former ER doctor, and recently widowed mother, driven by an intense desire for the truth. She loves her son more than life itself and strives to support him while also trying to take care of herself. The passing of Jenny’s beloved husband has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface.
I’ve not seen it, because it’s still so shiny, new and unaired, there’s not even a trailer available for it yet.
Siempre Bruja (Always a Witch) (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, February 1
Colombian Netflix original. A young witch takes us on a journey through time in between the past and present of the city of Cartagena, where she faces unknown challenges that will make her realise that once a witch, always a witch.
Now Apocalypse (US: Starz; UK: StarzPlay)
Premiere date: Sunday, March 10
Ulysses who is struggling to figure out his life in the surreal and bewildering city of Los Angeles. He and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine, are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder – is some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on, or is he just smoking too much weed?
So shiny and new, there’s not even a trailer, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not.