Tales of the City
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Bad Seed, Tales of the City, and Overspel

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

A little bit of catch-up, since TMINE was on a break last Friday, and a little bit earlier than usual since it’s Good Friday tomorrow, but here’s WTSYMST. That’s not catchy, is it?

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this fortnight, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

Premiere dates

Dean O’Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1 (New Zealand)’s The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed (New Zealand: TVNZ1; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, May 14, 9pm

Based on a series of books by award-winning New Zealand author, Charlotte Grimshaw, The Bad Seed tells the story of two brothers from the same dysfunctional family who, having escaped the desperate days of their early childhood, find their newly ordered lives falling apart when one becomes a suspect in a murder.

I was planning to review The Bad Seed today, since the first episode was on Sunday. However, I wasn’t paying attention to the schedules and it turns out that it’s been airing nightly this week, with the final episode set to air tonight. So instead, I’ll try to boxset the whole series at some point in the next week or so – assuming it’s any cop, of course.

Vara (The Netherlands)'s Overspel (The Adulterer)
Vara (The Netherlands)’s Overspel (The Adulterer)

Overspel (The Adulterer) (The Netherlands: VARA; UK: Channel 4/All4)
Premiere date: Sunday, April 28, 11pm

When Iris and Willem cross paths, sparks fly and they cannot deny the intense chemistry between them… little do they know that their lives will soon become more entangled than they could possibly imagine.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 7

Fourth instalment of the series based on Armistead Maupin’s books, which started on Channel 4 in the UK in 1993 and was later revived by Showtime in the US in 1998 and 2001, and is now being revived again by Netflix.

Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.

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Acorn TV's London Kills
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Dead To Me, Undercover and The Society

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

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this week, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

  • Paramount UK has picked up Paramount US’s forthcoming Emily in Paris. That’s not gone into production and won’t air in the US until 2020, so let’s not be too harsh on them for not telling us when we can watch it over here.
  • BBC One has acquired Acorn (US)’s London Kills. That’s BBC One importing a US drama filmed in London from a US network dedicated to importing UK TV shows. My head hurts.
  • More 4 has bought up Global (Canada)’s Mary Kills People. No idea why they can’t tell us when that’s airing.

Oops, I missed it

Meanwhile, in a new sub-feature of “When’s that show starting?”, I’m going to be highlighting foreign shows that have had airdates announced but which I somehow missed or that didn’t and have just become available in the UK. Oops.

Anna Loos and Matthias Matschke in ZDF (Germany)’s Helen Dorn

Helen Dorn (Germany: ZDF; UK: Walter Presents)

Helen Dorn (Anna Loos) is an expert police commissioner, whose years of experience have given her a killer instinct when it comes to crime. Fearless and tenacious, her drive and perseverance have won her a reputation for being the best in her field. Despite a robust and resilient exterior, she hides a vulnerable side which is grounded in her past.

On the department head’s orders, Helen Dorn become involuntary partners with Detective Chief Superintendent Gregor Georgi (Matthias Matschke), with Helen in the role of Georgi’s superior. After initially ruffling some feathers, as Gregor thought he was about to take over a case as head investigator and not confronted with a new superior, the two prove to be a solid pairing: Helen’s famed intuition is matched by Gregor’s rational analysis and precision. But will he be able to unearth her mysterious past?

The Secret City (Russia: Janson Media; UK: Amazon)

Based on the sci-fi novels of Vadim Panov about “the other” Moscow where in a parallel reality the last representatives of the disappeared civilizations live. For thousands of years in the territory of Moscow there existed another – the Secret City, inhabited by those who ruled long before humans.

I know literally nothing about this and I’ve been able to find out about the same. Can’t even find a trailer. But it’s here.

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The Politician
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Light As A Feather, Stella Blómkvist, Special, Chambers and The Politician

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

A couple of acquisitions this week, but only one without a premiere date. I should also point out that I’ve already mentioned that The Murders (Canada: CityTV; UK: Universal) now has a premiere date in my review of it this week.

The Bad Seed

Acquisitions

Premiere dates

Light as a Feather
Light as a Feather (© Rachael Thompson/Hulu)

Light as a Feather (US: Hulu; UK: All 4)
Premiere date: Monday, April 1

Four best friends invite the shy new girl out on Halloween, but they soon regret their decision when she suggests they play a twisted version of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.

That’s basically the story, with the slight fillip of one of them possibly already being possessed before they play the game. Not scary, not exciting. Didn’t get further than episode one.

Stars: Brianne Tju, Ajiona Alexus, Peyton List, Brent Rivera, Liana Liberato and Haley Ramm.

Episode reviews: 1

Stella Blomkvist

Stella Blómkvist (Iceland: Sjónvarp Símans; UK: Sundance Now)
Premiere date: Thursday, April 4

Stella Blómkvist is a young, cute, libertine, tough, confident, intelligent, Icelandic lawyer with a flexible moral compass, who investigates mysterious murder cases. A friend at the police calls her when there’s a criminal in need of a lawyer.

Netflix's Special
Punam Patel and Ryan O’Connell in Netflix’s Special

Special (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, April 12

US Netflix Original based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. It follows Ryan, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy, who decides to rewrite his identity and finally go after the life he wants. After years of dead-end internships, working in his pyjamas as a blogger and communicating mostly via text, Ryan eventually figured out how to take his life from bleak to chic and began limping towards adulthood.

Stars Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew, and Patrick Fabian.

Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn in Netflix's Chambers
Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn in Netflix’s Chambers

Chambers (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, April 26

US Netflix Original. A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. But the closer she gets to learning the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she takes on the characteristics of the deceased, some of which are troublingly sinister.

Stars: Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn

The Politician

The Politician (Netflix UK)
Premiere date: Friday, September 27

US Netflix Original. The Politician follows Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who has known since the age of seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.

Stars: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.

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Bad Banks
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Bad Banks, Tijuana, Ms Fisher and Black Summer

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

One new acquisition with a premiere date this week. The rest we already knew about but were just waiting to hear when they’d air…

Premiere dates

Bad Banks

Bad Banks (Germany: ZDF/Arte; UK: Channel 4)
Premiere date: Thursday, 4 April, 11.05pm

It’s taken more than a year between acquisition and airing, but finally we know Bad Banks is going to air in a couple of weeks. It’s billed as a “sophisticated financial drama from Germany about a young, ambitious investment banker who is drawn into a merciless and convoluted power play after being wrongly fired from her prestigious job”.

I watched the trailer. I can’t say I agree.

Tijuana

Tijuana (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, April 5

Netflix Mexican original. When a prominent politician is murdered, the intrepid journalists of Frente Tijuana risk their lives to uncover the truth.

Stars: Damián Alcázar, Tamara Vallarta and Rolf Petersen.

Ms Fisher and Steed

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries (Australia: Seven; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Wednesday, April 10, 9pm

Spin-off series of TV movies from ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries set in the 1960s that sees the original Miss Fisher’s niece, Geraldine Hakewill, get dragged into the investigating business when her previously unknown to her aunt disappears. Has Hakewill inherited any of Miss Fisher’s skills?

No, she hasn’t. But with the help of some other adventuresses, a bit of working class moxie and more 60s clichés than you can shake a lava lamp at, she might still save the day.

Best thought of not just as the Tara King version of The Avengers to Miss Fisher‘s Cathy Gale, but also as something almost unrelated to the original. It’s a diverting enough show, but without any real attractions.

Episode reviews: 1

Black Summer

Black Summer (Netflix)
Premiere date: Thursday, April 11

US Netflix original prequel to Syfy (US)’s Z Nation, in which mother Jaime King is separated from her daughter, so embarks on a harrowing journey on which she’ll stop at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.

Yeah, not watching that.

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Nero a metà
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Project Blue Book, Green Door, Leila and Nero a metà

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

No new acquisitions without premiere dates, you’ll be pleased to hear, so let’s get straight down to it.

Premiere dates

Green Door

Green Door (Taiwan: Public Television Service; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tomorrow

The six-episode show is adapted from Taiwanese author Joseph Chen’s novel of the same title. It tells the story of Wei Sung-Yen, a troubled psychologist who returns from the US to set up his own practice in Taiwan, where mysterious patients and uncanny events shed light on his murky past.

The series is directed by Lingo Hsieh (aka Xie Tingwei), known for her fantasy-horror movie The Bride, which she co-created with Japanese thrill-master Takashige Ichise. The screenplay is adapted by Hsieh and Li Ting-yu.

The cast is headed by Taiwanese singer-actor Jam Hsiao, who makes his debut to lead in a drama series, and co-stars Hsieh Ying-Hsuan, who won the Golden Horse best actress prize last year for her role in Dear Ex, and Lan Wei-Hua. The cast is fleshed out by Haden Kuo (Tiny Times) and Ruby Zhan (The Tag-Along 2).

Nero a metà

Nero a metà (Carlo & Malik) (Italy: Rai 1; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 22

A veteran detective must face both his own biases and ghosts from his past when he’s paired up with a star rookie on a string of murder cases in Rome. Stars Claudio Amendola and Miguel Gobbo Diaz.

Netflix has somewhat glossed over the racial issues (“own biases”) in that brief description and sensibly changed the name to Carlo & Malik from the original’s somewhat dodgy “black in the middle”…

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book (US: History; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Wednesday March 27, 9pm

Dramatisation of the USAF’s 1960s UFO debunking programme starring Aidan Gillen. It’s initially 50% conspiracy nonsense, 50% moderately interesting adaptations of real Blue Book investigations, but by the second episode, it’s turned into 100% soporific stupidity that makes The X-Files look like CSPAN.

Episode reviews: 1, 2

Leila

Leila (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 14

Indian Netflix original. In the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future, a woman searches for the daughter she lost upon her arrest years ago.

Stars Huma Qureshi, Saddharth, Rahul Khanna.