When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Les témoins and Veszettek

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

One new acquisition, one new airdate this week. First, remember all those shows I said last week that were coming to Walter Presents by year end? They’ve turned up today. For full details of all the shows, last week’s entry has it all but here they are on 4oD:

Also just turned up is Veszettek (Home Guards) (Hungary: Megafilm), which is about two brothers recruited by a local vigilante group who end up discovering it’s a bit hard to tell goodies from baddies in real-life.

Acquisition of the week is AXN’s Stana Katic drama Absentia, of which I reviewed the first three episodes. That’ll be on Amazon some time next year.

Belated airdate of the week is for the second season of Les témoins (Witnesses), which was on Channel 4 for its first season but is now on BBC Four, starting 9pm next Saturday (25th November). I haven’t seen it, but I’ve already covered it a bit and given Audrey Fleurot is in it, I will be watching it. Two hours of that on Saturday, two hours of Babylon Berlin on Sunday – that’s a lot to get through of a weekend…

Burning Bush
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Hořící keř (Burning Bush)

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

Nothing much in terms of premiere dates this week, I’m afraid. However, Walter has acquired the show that got him into the whole Presenting lark in the first place: Hořící keř (Burning Bush)(Czech Republic: HBO Europe). Says Wikipedia:

Burning Bush is a 2013 three-part mini-series created for HBO by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in the previous year. Dagmar Burešová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Palach’s family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonour Palach’s sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia.

Walter reckons it’s the best thing he’s ever seen, so it might not be too bad. Starts some time this month, allegedly, but no firm date from Mr Iuzzolino yet.

Also due on Walter Presents before the end of the year are the following shows, it turns out:

De prooi (The Prey) (The Netherlands: VARA)

De Prooi tells the story of the rise and fall of Dutch banker Rijkman Groenink and the fall of ABN AMRO Bank. It is based on the acclaimed novel by research journalist and professor Jeroen Smit.

De Zaak Menten (The Body Collector) (The Netherlands: Omroep Max)

The story of Dutch journalist Hans Knoop’s 1970s struggle to uncover the truth about World War II war criminal Pieter Menten.

Der kalte Himmel (Frozen Sky) (Germany: WDR Fernsehen)

Germany, 1967, a time of growing social unrest, as hard-dying prejudices collide with new, revolutionary, liberal views. Deep in the rural farmlands, a young wife and mother of three, Marie, is about to undertake an incredible adventure to help her six-year-old son Felix, a “problem child” whose introverted, anti-social behavior is becoming increasingly difficult for the family to support. When the primary school refuses to accept Felix, only Marie unwaveringly stands by her child, who is a genius with numbers and clearly prefers them to people. With her husband’s farm nearly bankrupt and her mother-in-law organizing an exorcism, Marie finds understanding only in Alexandra, called Alex, the unconventional new choirmaster from Berlin. She introduces Marie to her friend Niklas, a young Berlin child psychiatrist who believes he might be able to help Felix. In spite of the family’s crushing financial situation, Marie sets off for Berlin with Felix.

In Berlin, Marie learns that her health insurance won’t pay for Felix’s therapy. Determined to go through with it anyway, she finds a job as a waitress in a night club – and a place to stay with Alex, who has returned to Berlin. The chaotic, devil-may-care, free-loving lifestyle in Alex’s commune in itself proves therapeutic to Felix, who is accepted by the commune dwellers’ children. Soon, Niklas also gains the trust of his little patient, who begins to reveal the full extent of his mathematical and musical gifts. Yet although Felix is responding well to the therapy, Niklas is forced to be brutally direct with Marie: Felix is autistic and will never function the way “normal” people do. He recommends that Felix be sent to a special psychiatric clinic. Marie and her husband have reached a crossroads: if they help Felix, they will destroy their family. But just as Marie begins to lose hope, an unexpected solution awaits her and Felix on their return..

Le vol des cigognes (Flight of the Storks) (France: TF1)

Jonathan Anselme, a young English academic, teams up with Max Böhm, an amateur ornithologist, to follow storks on their migration from Switzerland to Africa. Max wants to find out why some birds never return from this journey. However, after Max is found dead in mysterious circumstances, Jonathan decides to make the trip alone, never suspecting that he will find himself caught up in an international web of intrigue. While the Swiss detective Dumaz investigates Max Böhm’s murky past, Jonathan is forced to confront his own troubled history. He uncovers a trail of grisly murders travelling through Bulgaria, Turkey, the Middle East, the Congoalong the pathway of the migrating storks and their deadly secret.

The Orville
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Orville

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

No acquisitions this week. Oh dear. But we do have one – yes, count them… it – premiere date.

The Orville (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)
Premiere date: Thursday, December 14, 9pm

Ostensibly Seth MacFarlane’s parody of the Star Trek universe, in which he plays a mid-tier captain of a mid-tier vessel with a definitely mid-tier crew that includes his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki). However, it’s not actually funny and every episode is actually just an an old Star Trek episode that MacFarlane wanted to cos-play in. If you like Star Trek, that may be just what you’re looking for, though, and given it’s just been renewed for a second season in the US, it’s safe to invest in it a little.

Episode reviews: 1, 23

Babylon Berlin
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Valor, Babylon Berlin and The Sinner

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

So I missed a premiere date. Sorry about that. It might have come out while I was on holiday. Anyway, just in case you want to experience what it’s like to be Australian and constantly see Rebecca Gibney whenever you turn on your television set, Netflix UK is now carrying Wanted, in which Gibney and Geraldine Hakewill go on the run after witnessing a murder involving dirty cops. I didn’t get much further than the first episode, but YMMV.

Amazon’s autumn pilot season is set to begin on November 10. That’s going to include Sea OakLove You More and The Climb, but I haven’t seen any of those and there are no trailers, so you’ll just have to read this article to find out what they’re going to be about.

In terms of acquisitions, Channel 5 picked up Speechless (US: ABC) this week, but we don’t even know which of its various channels that will air on, let alone have a premiere date. I’ll let you know when they deign to tell us.

After the jump, though, some honest to goodness UK premiere dates and details about The Sinner (US: USA; UK: Netflix), Babylon Berlin (Germany: Sky Deutschland; UK: Sky Atlantic) and Valor (US: The CW; UK: Netflix). See you in a mo.

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Fresh Off The Boat
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Ghosted, Marvel’s The Punisher, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Fresh Off The Boat and La Mante (The Mantis)

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course

Quite a few acquisitions this week, but only one for which we don’t have an exact airdate: Kanal 5 (Denmark)’s Gidseltagningen (Below The Surface), which will air some time next year on BBC4.

Oddly, we already had a premiere date for Netflix’s Godless (November 22), but we didn’t have a trailer until now, so let’s fill in that gap right now:

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