Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK
What time, TMINE? has been away for a month now, and it would madness – madness, I tell you! – for me to try to round up four weeks’ worth of acquisitions and premiere dates.
So, instead, let’s pretend nothing’s happened over the past month and everything started off fresh and new from Monday*. And, in fact, there’s been a real splurge of acquisitions this week, although not all of them have premiere dates yet.
*Actually, I have been keeping an eye on things and there haven’t been that many acquisitions in the past month. So I’m not missing much out.
- BBC Two has picked up ZDF (Germany)/ORF (Austria)’s Vienna Blood. That’ll air later this year
- Walter Presents has acquires C More/TV4 (Sweden)’s Sthlm Rekviem (Stockholm Requiem)
- Sky is to launch Sky Comedy and Sky Crime channels in February 2020, for which it has acquired NBC (US)’s AP Bio and Sunnyside
- BBC Three has acquired NRK (Norway)’s Nudes
- The Beeb (don’t know which channel) has acquired the new adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days being produced by an alliance of European pubcasters
After the jump, premiere dates for Den som dræber (Darkness: Those Who Kill), Caïn (Detective Cain), The Hot Zone, The I-Land, City on a Hill, Bard of Blood, and Living With Yourself.
Den som dræber (Darkness: Those Who Kill) (Denmark: TV2; UK: BBC Four)
Premiere date: Saturday, August 31, 9pm
Reboot of the 2011 Danish series following a fictitious unit within the Copenhagen Police that specialises in investigating serial murders.
Caïn (Detective Cain) (France: France 2; UK: All 4)
Premiere date: Friday, September 6
Frédéric Caïn is a police captain, who has been in a wheelchair since a motorcycle accident. He is a cynical man with a black sense of humour, who likes to be on the verge of legality in his investigations and who attracts many people with his style. He is assisted by Lieutenant Lucie Delambre. Caïns private life revolves around his ex-wife Gaëlle and his son Ben.
The Hot Zone (US/UK: National Geographic)
Premiere date: Tuesday, September 10, 9pm
The Hot Zone tells the story of the origins of Ebola and its arrival on US soil in 1989. When this killer suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, DC, there was no known cure.
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Noah Emmerich, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D’Arcy, Paul James, Robert Wisdom and Robert Sean Leonard.
TMINE episode reviews
The I-Land (Netflix)
Premiere date: Thursday, September 12
US Netflix Original. Seven-episode series in which 10 people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. As the group sets off on a trek to try to get back home, they soon discover this world is not as it seems.
Faced with the I-Land’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves – or die as their worst ones.
Stars: Natalie Martinez, Kate Bosworth, Michelle Veintimilla, Alex Pettyfer, Sibylla Deen, Kyle Schmid, Ronald Peet, Kota Eberhardt, Anthony Lee Medina and Gilles Geary.
City on a Hill (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Wednesday, September 25
In the early 1990s, Boston was a city living in fear. Violent crime was commonplace, with criminals becoming more brazen amidst widescale corruption and racism within local law enforcement. But this all changed thanks to what was later dubbed “The Boston Miracle”. In this fictionalised account of the events, Kevin Bacon stars as corrupt but venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rohr, who reluctantly teams with African American DA Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge). Together, their unlikely alliance subverts the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
Also stars Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman and Jere Shea.
TMINE episode reviews
Bard of Blood (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, September 27
Indian Netflix original. An excommunicated RAW agent, Kabir Anand, a courageous analyst, Isha Khanna, and a sleeper agent, Veer Singh, take on a covert mission in Balochistan when four Indian spies are captured. The mission soon turns south and Kabir Anand, played by Emraan Hashmi, must face his demons from the past to end a war before it begins.
Living With Yourself (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, October 18
Eight-episode comedy centred on Miles (Paul Rudd), a man who is struggling in life. When he undergoes a novel spa treatment that promises to make him a better person, he finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself. As he deals with the unintended consequences of his actions, Miles finds he must fight for his wife Kate (Aisling Bea), his career, and his very identity.