Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK
What time, TMINE? disappeared last Friday, consigned to the bin marked “things I don’t do on my day off”, so unsurprising there have been more than a few acquisitions of foreign TV since the previous update.
- Channel 4 and StarzPlay have acquired the rights to Hulu (US)’s The Great. No word on who gets to show it first or when.
- Netflix has acquired ABC (Australia)’s Stateless, which will be available later this year
- Alibi has acquired the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries movie, Miss Fisher and The Crypt Of Tears, which will probably air some time in April
- BBC Four has the rights to Ten (Australia)’s The Secrets She Keeps and France 2’s La Dernière Vague (The Last Wave). No clues at all when they’re going to show those.
There’s also been more than a few premiere dates announced. All will be revealed for Self Made: Inspired By the Life of Madam CJ Walker, Veronica Mars, Mrs Fletcher, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Caliphate, and Hollywood after the jump.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (US: NBC; UK: E4)
Premiere date: Wednesday, March 4, 10pm
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist follows Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs.
At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
Stars: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen
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Mrs Fletcher (US: HBO; UK: Sky Comedy)
Premiere date: Tuesday, March 10, 10:15pm
Mrs Fletcher is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. As the series begins, Eve Fletcher, a mid-40s single mom who works as the executive director of a senior centre, drops her only child off at college and returns home to a very empty house.
Meanwhile, Eve’s son Brendan, a popular (though sometimes clueless) jock, finds college is a little more complicated than he expected and struggles to make connections with his more socially and politically aware fellow students. As mother and son find themselves alone for the first time, this sharp, provocative series navigates themes of parenthood, sexuality, love, and identity in a cultural moment when attitudes about gender and sex are evolving rapidly.
Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Owen Teague, Katie Kershaw, Domenick Lombardozzi, Cameron Boyce, Jen Richards and Casey Wilson.
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Caliphate (Sweden: SVT; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Wednesday, March 18
Aliette Opheim plays the lead role of Sapo agent Fatima in a series that revolves around five young women whose lives are intertwined in a story of religious fundamentalism.
Caliphate starts in the autumn of 2015. Säpo agent Fatima gets a call that Pervin, a young Swedish woman, is stuck in Raqqa where her husband Husam is connected to IS. Pervin fears for her and her daughter’s life, while telling Fatima that her husband and his group of Swedish jihadists are planning a terrorist attack in Sweden. One of them is already in Sweden to prepare for the attack.
Self Made: Inspired By the Life of Madam CJ Walker (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 20
US Netflix original. The four-part limited series details the life of America’s first self-made millionaire – how she fought for social change and simultaneously overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionised black haircare.
Stars: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll and Bill Bellamy
Veronica Mars (US: Hulu; UK: StarzPlay)
Premiere date: Friday, March 27
Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the family of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working-class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.
Stars: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra and Ryan Hansen
Premiere date: Friday, May 1
US Netflix original. Set in post-WWII Tinseltown, Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers trying to make it big – no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day.
Stars: Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, Dylan McDermott, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone, Joe Mantello, Holland Taylor and Jake Picking