Safe
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Le Chalet, Charité, Vlucht HS13, Safe and Let’s Get Physical

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK

Only a couple of new acquisitions this week but they’ve both got premiere dates, so let’s not dawdle. But I will note that streaming services (mostly Netflix but also Walter Presents) have started two new trends of late:

  1. Acquisitions that no one knows about but are suddenly just available to watch
  2. Acquisitions that are announced and the programmes in questions are available to watch instantly.

You’ll see what I mean in a mo.

Premiere dates

Le Chalet

Le Chalet (The Chalet) (France: France 2; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Available since Tuesday

“Friends gathered at a remote chalet in the French Alps for a summer getaway are caught in a deadly trap as a dark secret from the past comes to light.”

What Netflix doesn’t tell you is that it’s typically French in that it’s based on an Agatha Christie novel – And Then There Were None. It’s also typically French in that it’s got Gilou from Engrenages (Spiral) in it.

Alicia von Rittberg as Ida in Charité
Alicia von Rittberg as Ida in Charité

Charité (Germany: ARD/Das Erste; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Available now

Six-part medical series, set in Berlin in 1888, in which Ida (Alicia von Rittberg) is operated on as a patient of the Charité and is forced to pay back her treatment costs by working as a nursing assistant under the bigoted regiment of deaconess Martha. Through this, she discovers her passion for medicine and is able to follow her free and rebellious spirit in its desire to live a self-determined future, in an age when women hardly had a right to higher education. Along the way, she meets extraordinary physicians such as Rudolf Virchow, as well as researchers and later Nobel Laureates Robert Koch, Emil von Behring, and Paul Ehrlich.

Acquired yesterday. Made available… yesterday. Amazing, hey?

Flight HS13

Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13) (The Netherlands: NPO3; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Tuesday, April 24, 11pm

This was acquired nearly a year and a half ago, but Walter only just got round to telling us it’ll air next week. Nice work, Walt.

Liv (Katja Schuurman) has the perfect life: happily married to surgeon Simon, they have a son, she co-owns a successful design business and shares a beautiful home. However, her life is suddenly turned upside down when her husband goes on a business trip and his plane crashes. Her grieving is dramatically halted when she discovers from the passenger list that her husband never actually boarded the plane.

It transpires that upon arriving at the airport to supposedly take his flight, he went straight to arrivals where, CCTV reveals, he greeted another woman and young child. Her husband appears to have a secret life and is now missing.

Confused, betrayed and angry, Flight HS13 follows Liv’s mission to find her husband, a journey which will uncover a tangled web of corruption, blackmail and violence.

Let's Get Physical

Let’s Get Physical (US: Pop; UK: E4)
Premiere date: Thursday, May 3, 9:30pm

Dodgeball but with aerobics and Jane Seymour and without many jokes.

Episode reviews: 1

Safe
Michael C Hall and Audrey Fleurot in Safe

Safe (Netflix)
Premiere date: Thursday, May 10

Created by Harlan Coben and written by Danny Brocklehurst (The Five, Come Home), Safe sees widowed surgeon Tom Delaney (Dexter‘s Michael C Hall) begin unearthing dark secrets about the people closest to him after his teenage daughter goes missing. The cast also includes Amanda Abbington, Marc Warren, Audrey Fleurot and Hannah Arterton.

Pretty interesting mix of Brits and international cast members, in a UK setting (at least in the trailer), but I’m not sure about Hall’s accent. It’s a bit Orphan Black, if you know what I mean. Despite the presence of Engrenages (Spiral)‘s Audrey Fleurot, it’s not typically French though.

Let's Get Physical
News

Seven Seconds, Taken cancelled; Let’s Get Physical acquired; This Close, six CBS shows renewed; Nat Geo’s Ebola drama; + more

Internet TV

  • Teaser for season 2 of Netflix’s GLOW
  • Cary Elwes and Jake Busey join Netflix’s Stranger Things
  • Netflix cancels: Seven Seconds
  • Netflix green lights: series of Julian Fellowes invention of football drama The English Game; DJ comedy Turn Up Charlie, with Idris Elba; Amsterdam demon period drama; French supernatural thriller Mortel; German series The Wave; and Italian witchcraft series Luna Nera

UK TV

  • E4 acquires: Pop TV (US)’s Let’s Get Physical
  • Trailer for Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose

US TV

New US TV shows

The Doctor Blake Mysteries
News

US Wrong Mans; Doctor Blake without Doctor Blake; Netflix’s vampire wars; + more

Internet TV

Australian TV

International TV

US TV

US TV show casting

  • Mark Hamill and Kathy Bates to guest on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory

New US TV shows

  • ABC green lights: Goldbergs spin-off series with AJ Michalka, Tim Meadows and Bryan Callen
  • Pop green lights: pilot of best friends’ marriage of convenience comedy Arranged
  • Showtime green lights: pilot of adaptation of BBC One’s The Wrong Mans, with Ben Schwartz
Dietland
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Stan Against Evil, Brockmire, Pulsaciones, Dietland, Station 19, Barry and Siren

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK

A couple of weeks’ worth of acquisitions and premiere dates to catch up on, but you’ll be delighted to hear there are at least some new shows headed to the UK in the near future. Some, in fact, are already here.

On the acquisitions front, “actor turned detective” Jerry O’Connell show Carter (AXN) has been picked up by Alibi and will air in 2018. Also airing some time this year (probably) is The Detail (Canada: CTV), which will be on Channel 5. Everything else that’s been acquired I can actually give you premiere dates for:

Premiere dates

Stan Against Evil

Stan Against Evil (US: IFC; UK: Fox UK)
Airs: Thursdays, 11.30pm (started yesterday)

Retired crotchety sheriff John C McGinley has to rejoin the action when witches and all manner of other supernatural beasts start to terrorist his town. It’s a comedy, mind.

Episode reviews: 1-4

Brockmire

Brockmire (US: IFC; UK: Fox UK)
Airs: Fridays, 12.00am (started today)

Hank Azaria plays Jim Brockmire, a famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity. A decade later, Jim decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small American rust belt town that has seen better days, calling minor league baseball games for the Morristown Frackers. The struggling team is led by Amanda Peet, the strong-willed, hard-drinking owner, and Tyrel Jackson Williams, the naïve but enthusiastic team intern.

Pulsaciones

Pulsaciones (Lifeline) (Spain: Antena 3; UK: Channel 4/All 4)
Premiere date: Sunday, April 15, 10pm

Heart transplant recipient (Pablo Derqui) starts getting visions of the donor’s life. To avoid going mad, he must complete the donor’s unfinished business and help to discover with the help of a journalist (Meritxell Calvo) why people are disappearing in Madrid.

Station 19

Station 19 (US: ABC; UK: Sky Living)
Premiere date: Wednesday, April 18, 10pm

Grey’s Anatomy spin-off about firefighters. Nuff said.

Henry Winkler in HBO's Barry

Barry (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Thursday, April 26, 10.45pm

Hitman Bill Hader is getting tired of his job and decides he’d like to be an actor instead, so joins Henry Winkler’s acting classes. Trouble is, the job might not let him get very far with his new career. Same tone as Grosse Pointe Blank, but not as funny.

Episode reviews: 1

Siren

Siren (US: Freeform; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Thursday, May 3, 9pm

Mermaid ventures onto dry land to find her missing sister – and is willing to kill anyone who gets in her way. A nice idea with a great lead that’s miles away from Splash and The Little Mermaid, but the show’s let down by the rest of its cast.

Episode reviews: 1-3

Dietland

Dietland (US: AMC; UK: Amazon)
Premiere date: Tuesday, June 5

Dark Marti Noxon comedy that follows fashion magazine writer Joy Nash as she takes ‘a journey to self-awakening’ while exploring a multitude of issues faced by women today, including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards. Julianna Margulies plays her boss.

So fresh, there’s not even a YouTube trailer yet! This might work for Americans, though:

Deep State
International TV

Review: Deep State 1×1 (UK: Fox UK)

In the UK: Thursdays, 9pm, Fox UK

The words ‘Deep State’ and ‘Fox’ in near proximity should normally trouble you. For the uninitiated, the idea of the ‘deep state’ is that secretly, behind the scenes there’s a new world order of sorts, trying to ensure that specific policies happen. So far, so illuminati. However, in the US, Fox News, Donald Trump et al have used the phrase ‘deep state’ to suggest that anyone potentially working against President Trump – for example, to impeach him for various criminal offences he might have committed – is really a member of the deep state trying to frame him, is a traitor and should probably be executed. This includes members of the FBI and other government organisations who might be doing what others would call ‘obeying the rule of law’.

Want to know if someone’s a crackpot? If they use the phrase ‘deep state’ to talk about Robert Mueller, they’re a crackpot.

Fortunately, we’re in the UK, Fox UK isn’t Fox News and Fox Networks’ first European/African commission Deep State isn’t suggesting that Alex Younger is a pawn of Goldman Sachs. Sure, there are hints that the Iraq war was started by big business for its own needs and engineered David Kelly’s suicide, but that’s not really deep state or the government of the day, and at least it’s all fictionalised. Robert Mueller’s real. So’s Donald Trump.

Untrumped

Deep State sees Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun) playing a former MI6 officer who’s retired to France and is now living happily with his new French wife Lyne Renee and lovely moppets. Then he gets a spooky calling card from his spooky former boss (Alistair Petrie), demanding he return to London. There he’s told that son Joe Dempsie (The Fades, Skins, Game of Thrones) is dead, having decided to follow in his dad’s spying footsteps. Worse still, he’s been killed by Strong’s protégé Zubin Varla (Strike Back).

Strong’s mission, which he decides to accept: head off to Beirut to kill Varla and the rest of his team, as they’ve clearly gone rogue. But is everything as it appears to be? And whom can Strong trust?

Joe Dempsie in Deep State
Joe Dempsie in Deep State

Lofty ambitions

Just like dopey old The State WithinDeep State has lofty ambitions to be a smart spy show, does its best, but ends up getting drowned in a sea of spy clichés. Filmed in both Morocco and London and with a supporting cast that also includes Anastasia Griffith (Trauma, Damages, The Cazalets) and Amelia Bullmore (Big Train, Scott & Bailey), Deep State has obviously had a lot of cash spent on it. True, although Morocco works fine as Iran or Beirut, it’s less fine as France, but it’s not Scunthorpe at least and they also hired a few French speakers. The fact there are references to ‘The Section’ clearly suggests that writer Matthew Parkhill is a fan of Callan, and thus an appreciator of the classics.

But it’s spy dramas, rather than spy fact that are the reference points here and if you’ve watched some decent spy shows, almost nothing about Deep State will surprise you – other than when it goes for something blindingly stupid that seems beneath it.

You can forgive stupid names for covert sections, such as ‘the Bank’. You could even forgive the ‘key to a safety deposit box containing top secret footage on a USB drive’. But if all it contains is a minute-long confession to camera, what’s the point of that, hey? What’s that going to prove?

Then you get supposed top-tier secret assassination units learning that a member of their team is in league with the baddies (thanks to a timely observation said member should have known about) and rather than heading off their own separate ways, falling back to plan B, etc, they decide to go back to the safe house their treacherous friend knows about to discuss all of this and then pick somewhere else to go to.

Worse still, every ‘twist’ is one you’ll see coming. Do the goodies all trust precisely the wrong people, every single time? Yep. Is everyone going to fall for every single trap laid for them? Yep. I’m hoping it’s all an elaborate bluff and later episodes will play on this, revealing how the audience have been fooled. But putting it all in the first episode? That’s either brave or stupid. Or more likely, it’s not a bluff.

So, sure, it’s smart. But it’s smarter than the average generic spy show in the same way a £4.99 bottle of wine is better than a £1.99 bottle of wine. That still doesn’t make it a premier cru.

Mark Strong in Deep State

Strong enough

Strong does his best to be a stoic puncher of bad guys, jumping across rooftops and beating up guys half his age, in decently choreographed but unsurprising fight scenes. He also does well being a stoic punchbag for various wives of his, current and ex, as they berate him for being a spy.

“Tough job being a man, isn’t it, hey? But the world needs stoic, manly spies, prepared to sacrifice and not cry for their dead sons, even if women won’t understand that – until we save them,” the show might as well have stamped on Strong’s forehead. It’s not quite the worst spy characterisation since we evolved from slime molds, but it’s getting there.

But that’s virtually all the characterisation anyone gets, as the show is more geared up to deploying nonsense plotting to suggest that the ‘deep state’ is everywhere. Think you’re safe in France? Ha, ha! We can get your bank card blocked and your utilities switched off! Ha, ha again!

They could have emailed to arrange an appointment, you know?

Anastasia Griffith
Anastasia Griffith in Deep State

Conclusion

Strong and his strong Strong performance, as well as the production values, are the show’s main draws at the moment, although I quite like the fact that Varla’s probably a good guy for a change. But I’m not feeling enthused at all and I might not even bother with a second episode. Nevertheless, it could have been worse and given it’s already been renewed for a second season, some people clearly liked it.

Don’t go in expecting a new Bourne or even an old Bond and you might enjoy it. If The Night Manager is more your speed, again, this could be a show for you. Just don’t expect The Sandbaggers.