The Murders
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What have you been watching? Including The Murders

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

The OA - Part II
The OA – Part II

This week’s reviews

‘Tis the lull before the Easter storm, as there’s a plethora of new and returning shows about to hit the world’s airwaves. Indeed, WHYBW is momentarily shifting to Wednesday and maybe to Tuesday next week to take account of the fact that not only is Wednesday now the busiest TV night of the week (incumbents: The Magicians, Whiskey Cavalier, The Good Fight), a load of shows are joining them tonight (Happy!, What We Do In The Shadows) , so I won’t have time to watch them all tomorrow. I do need to do some work.

This week, however, I was able to review:

Orange Wednesday is taking a break this week, too, since

  1. I haven’t watched any movies yet this week
  2. I can’t do both WHYBW and Orange Wednesday on a Wednesday

Fingers crossed for next week, though, assuming WHYBW moves to Tuesday, which it probably will.

CityTV (Canada)’s The Murders

New shows

After the jump, I’ll be looking at The Murders (Canada: CityTV; UK: Universal). Last week, I did mention Hulu’s The Act; however, I belatedly realise that’s not just an anthology show but a dramatised true crime anthology show, so that’s now off the menu.

Coming our way tonight is FX (US)’s What We Do In The Shadows and later on in the week there’s NBC (US)’s Abby’s, so I’ll definitely be reviewing them. But I suspect there’ll be more shows for me to look at than that.

Friday, for example, should be bringing us Netflix’s French sci-fi original Osmosis and despite last week’s claim to the contrary, Amazon’s Hanna will also be hitting our screens on Friday, so either one of those is likely to be next week’s Boxset Monday.

CBS (US)’s Magnum P.I.

The regulars

Since we’re a day early, I’ve not had time to watch any more episodes of Il Miracolo (The Miracle) and lovely wife hasn’t yet felt the urge to watch the latest Star Trek: Discovery, so they’ll both have to wait until next time.

But Magnum P.I. and The Orville are both back. Can you guess which episode of Star Trek they knocked off this week in The Orville? All will be revealed after the jump.

Joining them are Doom Patrol and The Good Fight. See you in a mo!

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Hudson and Rex
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Review: Hudson & Rex 1×1 (Canada: CityTV)

In Canada: Mondays, 8/7c, CityTV

For those of us growing up in the 70s and 80s, there was only one real Canadian TV show of note (or indeed one that aired at all in the UK): The Littlest Hobo. It was a jaunty, Lassie-esque affair married with the ‘wandering hero’ theme of shows such as The Fugitive, The Invaders and The Incredible Hulk, in which a homeless German Shepherd wanders from Canadian town to Canadian town, using its colossal intellect for a multitude of philanthropic ends and to solve all manner of crimes.

The Littlest Hobo

Running between 1979 and 1985 in Canada, the show left a lasting memory in the UK collective unconsciousness, and judging from the likes of Cavendish, the Canadian group mind, too.

It might also explain why Canada is now one of the few countries on Earth to remake Austria’s Kommissar Rex, in which a policeman and his multi-talented police dog solve crimes together:

Hudson & Rex

In contrast to Austria’s somewhat jokey comedy-drama Kommissar Rex, CityTV’s Hudson & Rex is a far more po-faced affair that seems to think that it’s a plain old police procedural… that just happens to co-star a dog. It stars John Reardon as a ‘cunning’ major crimes detective for the St John’s Police Department who teams up with German Shepherd Rex (Diesel von Burgimwald – no, really: they even have ‘introducing Diesel von Burgimwald’ in the titles).

Rex’s heightened senses keep Reardon hot on the trail of his suspects and together, they investigate puzzling crimes, from a kidnapping which reveals a much larger conspiracy at play to an art theft murder which runs deep into the world of high society. With Charlie’s deft detective work and Rex’s keen canine senses, this crime-fighting pair is unstoppable.

From the CityTV web site

To be fair, CityTV does bill the show as ‘lighthearted’ so it’s not intended to be 100% serious. But in terms of actual humour, the most I could detect from it are attempts to basically be The Littlest Hobo. I think that might actually be the joke.

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The Virtues
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What (more) TV’s on at BAFTA in April? Including The Virtues

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

One more new one for April, following on from last week’s addition to the timetable.

TV Preview: The Virtues

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new Channel 4 drama followed by a Q+A with writer and director Shane Meadows, co-writer Jack Thorne, actors Stephen Graham, Niamh Algar and Helen Behan plus producer and Warp Films joint CEO, Mark Herbert. Hosted by Terri White, Editor-in-Chief, Empire Magazine.

From BAFTA winner Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes), The Virtues follows Joseph (Stephen Graham), a barely on-the-wagon alcoholic whose precarious reality is knocked for six when his ex-partner moves abroad with their young son to Australia, for a better life.

With no immediate family to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to forget – if not actively obscure with drink and drugs. Suffering the hangover from hell – the dry spell over – he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system that he’s had to forget.

The four part series is directed by Shane Meadows and co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, National Treasure). With Stephen Graham in the lead role, the cast also includes Helen Behan (This is England ‘88 & ’90), Niamh Algar (Pure, The Bisexual), Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) and Mark O’Halloran (RTÉ’s Prosperity).

The series was produced by Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault and is overseen by C4’s Head of C4 Drama, Caroline Hollick. It is a Warp Films and Big Arty production.

BAFTA will show the first two episodes of the series. With thanks to Channel 4.

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Origin
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Origin cancelled; Frankie Drake, Murdoch Mysteries, 911, The Resident, et al renewed; + more

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  • YouTube cancels: Origin and Overthinking with Kat & June
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  • Netflix green lights: Norwegian 24-hour partner hunt comedy-drama Home For Christmas, with Elise Broch, Felix Sandman, Kingsford Siayor et al…
  • …and Turkish supernatural drama The Gift, with Beren Saat

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  • CBC renews: Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Kim’s Convenience, Burden of Truth et al

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