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What TV’s on at the RTS in February? Including a screening and Q&A for Making a Monster

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the RTS will be presenting around the country

RTS is obviously considering January a bad job altogether – maybe they’re right – or I missed something because we’re now heading into February for new events.

Preview screening and Q&A for Making a Monster

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Timings: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue: BFI Southbank, London SE1 8XT

RTS and A&E Networks are holding a screening and Q&A of Crime+Investigation’s new series Making a Monster ahead of its broadcast on Monday February 10 . 

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with key experts from the series including: 

  • Dan Korn, VP Programming, A+E Networks UK
  • Dr Julian Boon, chartered forensic psychologist, University of Leicester
  • Paul Britton, criminal profiler
  • Dr Samantha Lundrigan, investigative criminal psychologist, Anglia Rushkin University. 

About the show

Making a Monster is a landmark TV series on Crime+Investigation exploring the psychology of serial killers, by the men and women who have sat face to face with evil.  

Booking details

Tickets for RTS Members are complimentary but must be booked in advance. Tickets for non RTS members are £10.

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The Outsider (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)

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We seem to be enjoying something of a Stephen King resurgence of late. Time was, back in the 70s and the 80s, you couldn’t move for classic Stephen King movies, such as Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone and Christine. Then came the 90s and some not especially classic Stephen King TV series such as The Tommyknockers and The Langoliers.

After that, despite King’s continuing literary output, adaptations died off for about a decade. There was the occasional new effort, such as a TV version of The Dead Zone, but those were reasonably rare in comparison. It wasn’t really until 2010 and Haven followed by Under the Dome in 2013 that TV and film rediscovered King. Since then, we’ve had a new It, Doctor Sleep, 11.22.63, another The Mist, Mr Mercedes and Castle Rock, to name but a few – and with more to come this year, including a new version of The Stand.

King, of course, isn’t simply a horror writer and his tone varies from book to book. Let us not forget that The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are both adaptations of King stories.

So I can’t say I’m too surprised to discover that the latest adaptation of King’s work, The Outsider, is as much The Wire as it is a piece of horror.

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In fact, you’d be forgiven – for about the first episode, at least – for thinking The Outsider isn’t even a piece of horror, just a regular old police procedural about the murder of a school child and how that affects a small town community. Adapted by Richard Price (The Deuce, Clockers, Child 44, The Night Of), it sees local detective Ben Mendelsohn (Captain Marvel, Animal Kingdom, Bloodline) in hot pursuit of the school coach (Jason Bateman).

All the evidence seems to suggest that it’s Bateman wot dunnit. All the witnesses clearly identify him, his blood and genetic evidence is all over the body and the van used to abduct the boy, and there’s video footage of him in blood-stained clothing. So cast-iron is the evidence that Mendelsohn has him arrested in front of the entire school without asking him even a question.

Unfortunately for Mendelsohn, Bateman has an equally cast-iron alibi – he was out of town at a teaching convention and not only is there physical evidence that he was there and multiple witnesses, public access TV recorded him at the exact time the murder took place.

Has there been a mix-up or can Bateman genuinely be in two places at once?

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On TMINE this week…

Catch up is now officially over! Following today’s round-up of all of January’s new shows so far – beyond Party of Five (US: Freeform), which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow or Wednesday – the decks are clear and we’re ready to look forward to whatever new shows come our way.

What to look forward to this week

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Medical Police (Netflix) and AJ and the Queen (Netflix) might get a gander from me at some point, but I’m not sure. HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider has already started, so I’ll definitely be giving that a watch. 68 Whiskey, Paramount (US)’s adaptation of Israeli show Charlie Golf One, starts on Wednesday so I’ll catch that, too.

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I will, of course, also be serving you up the usual treats this week, including the Daily News on weekdays, some TV events from the BBC, BAFTA and/or RTS tomorrow, and the latest acquisitions and premiere dates on Friday.

What Have You Been Watching? will be watching the remaining regulars, which are basically now just Evil and Stumptown, as well as Messiah.

And on Thursday, Orange Thursday will be talking about Jojo Rabbit (2019) and Yesterday (2019).

Tune in for the fun!