Kriger (Warrior)
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Gladbeck, Berlin Station, People Of Earth, Kriger and Das Boot

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

A great big splurge of acquisitions this week, with Sky Witness picking up ABC (US)’s The Rookie, Universal picking up CBC (Canada)’s The Coroner, and Fox UK picking up TBS (US)’s People of Earth. Only the last of those came with a premiere date, which you’ll learn in just a mo.

Otherwise, a bumper crop of premiere dates for you this week for previous week’s acquisitions.

Premiere dates

Gladbeck

Gladbeck (54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis) (Germany: ARD; UK: BBC Four)
Premiere date: Saturday, October 20, 9pm

As life slows down on a hot summer’s day in 1988, an armed bank robbery goes awry. While fleeing from the police, the two gangsters take an entire busload hostage. The ensuing manhunt, however, turns into a disaster. The police make fools of themselves with their amateurish operations and, above all, are obstructed by the nation’s media who swoop down on the events in their rat race for the juiciest pictures and live interviews with the kidnappers. As Rösner, the driving force of the duo, orchestrates their 54 hours of fame in cold blood, his accomplice Degowski derives sinister pleasure from manipulating the media. But Degowski is also unpredictable and violent. When he loses his nerve and kills a teenage passenger in the bus, the two men choose two young women as their hostages while leaping into another getaway vehicle. Thus begins an odyssey that goes completely out of control…

Berlin Station

Berlin Station (US: Epix; UK: More4)
Premiere date: Thursday, October 25, 9pm

Slightly touristy, slightly ridiculous adaptation of Olen Steinhauer’s novel that sees American spy Richard Armitage (ho, ho) travelling to German to use his superior German skills (ho, ho) to sniff out a mole at the US embassy. Is it his American mentor Rhys Ifans (ho, ho), maybe?

It’s pure bobbins that’s somehow made it through to three seasons, thanks to the gloss of its European setting and starry cast. I wouldn’t advise watching.

Episode reviews: 1-2

People of Earth

People Of Earth (US: TBS; UK: FOX UK)
Premiere date: Tuesday, October 30, 10:30pm

Former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac is a cynical magazine journalist, sent to cover an “alien abductees survivors group” where he soon begins to realise that those vivid hallucinations of talking deer might be a sign that he, too, has been abducted. So he decides to stay in town and see if he can work out what’s really happening and whether an alien invasion is really underway.

The show is a 50/50 split between two strands. The first strand is the desperately unfunny goings on at the support group, which reminds you of Go On but with Cenac’s deadpan instead of the jokes and Matthew Perry’s sardonic quips.

The second is with the aliens themselves – for they are real – where the show is actually a properly funny workplace comedy. Yes, that’s right – a workplace comedy. I mean have you ever considered how much effort goes into faking those cover-ups?

Unfortunately, the aliens begin to occur less and less as the season goes on, so the jokes become fewer and fewer. So I gave up.

Episode reviews: 1-3, 4, 5, 6

Kriger (Warrior)
Danica Curcic, Dar Salim and Lars Ranthe in Kriger (Warrior)

Kriger (Warrior) (Denmark: TV2; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: November 13 [via]

Six-part Danish drama  about communities, loyalty and betrayal among war veterans, bikers and police officers, intertwined with a love story between war veteran CC (Dar Salim) and police officer Louise (Danica Curcic).

CC is back home in Denmark after active service in several war zones, and is haunted by his last mission which went horribly wrong when his best friend, Peter, was killed in action. CC is plagued by guilt and can’t find a place for himself in a society that prefers to forget about the war. To ease his conscience, he helps Peter’s widow, police investigator Louise, who has a particular interest in gang crime and, in particular, rocker king Tom (Lars Ranthe).

Das Boot

Das Boot (The Boat) (Germany: Sky Deutschland; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Friday, November 23 (I think)

Eight-hour miniseries sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s Oscar-nominated 1981 anti-war classic movie of the same name. With the Allies having cracked the German military’s Enigma code and being able to track the movement of its submarine fleets, serving on a German U-boat has become little more than a suicide mission. The new series follows the crew of an ill-fated submarine that launches on its inaugural mission from Nazi-occupied France, as well as the stories of the family and friends they leave behind and that of French resistance fighters taking on the Nazi regime from the inside.

The Mick
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Condor, The Mick, Happy Together, Baby, Beat, 1983 and Diablero

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

After last week’s dismal showing, this week is chock full of exciting new dates, as well as acquisitions. New US comics-based service DC Universe’s first show, Titans (aka the adventures of Robin, without Batman, and his band of merry men and women), has already been picked up by Netflix (UK), although there’s no air date as of yet.

Otherwise, here’s this week’s rundown.

Premiere dates

The Mick

The Mick (US: Fox; UK: Paramount)
Premiere date: Tuesday, October 16, 9pm

A gender-swapped, race-swapped Uncle Buck that sees It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson playing the white trash grifter sister to a billionaire’s wife who gets lumbered with looking after the kids when the rich couple go on the run following fraud investigations. If she sticks around, she gets to enjoy the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But she’ll also have to deal with the bitchy neighbours, the bitchy daughter and the entitled son.

The show’s created by John Chernin and Dave Chernin, the creators of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, so you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that it’s funnier than you might think, more accurate about being poor than you might think and also based around people being mean too one another verbally and physically in order to get one up on everyone else. Olson’s very good as the Mick(ey) of the title and everyone is marvellously bitchy, too.

But that wasn’t my cup of tea, so I gave up after an episode; everyone else gave up pretty quickly, too, so it was promptly cancelled.

Episode review: 1

Happy Together

Happy Together (US: CBS; UK: E4)
Premiere date: Thursday, October 18, 9pm

Based on an event in the life of none other than Harry Styles (who is exec producer of the show), Happy Together sees happily married accountant Damon Wayans Jr and shop designer Amber Stevens West in something of an unexciting rut. They still love each other, but they’re getting older and settling into a routine. Dancing, nights out, romance et al have been replaced by the familiarity of Netflix boxsets. Then one of Wayans’ clients, hugely famous pop star Felix Mallard, shows up on their doorstep after a very public break-up, and he wants to lay low. Could they put him up for a while? Before you know it, the couple are being shaken out of their routine and doing all the things that (clean-living) young, A-list stars get up to. Can they keep up and will they change him or vice versa?

Surprisingly good and genial for a CBS multi-camera sitcom, I did actually quite enjoy this, but with only one episode having aired so far, I can’t tell you whether this is a keeper or not.

Episode review: 1

Condor

Condor (US: Audience; UK: Universal Channel)
Premiere date: Monday, October 29, 9pm

Remake of both the ‘classic’ Robert Redford movie Three Days of the Condor, as well as the book on which it was based, this sees lowly CIA analyst Max Irons go on the run when everyone in his office is killed, possibly due to something he discovered. Who behind it all, what’s their motivation and will anyone care if Irons finds out and reveals everything?

Co-starring William Hurt and Mira Sorvino, it’s actually a pretty decent show that has a lot in common with Rubicon and Homeland, and actually does a better job with its themes than the similar Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. It’s a bit less exciting and clever than it really needs to be, and it’s hobbled by its source material into having a weak ending, but a good watch, nevertheless. Plus Brendan Fraser is bonkersly off-kilter with the whole show, which is delightful to watch.

Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-10

Beat

Beat (Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, November 9 (via)

Amazon’s latest German-language original tells the story of Robert Schlag, called Beat, a 28 year old Berlin club promoter who is addicted to Berlin’s nightlife including drugs and sex (with men and women). Beat works for Berlin’s most known techno club Sonar, which is owned by his best friend Paul. Given Beat’s connections with the club scene he gets into the focus of the European Security Intelligence (ESI) as they need help while investigating the clubs. The main suspect is Philipp Vossberg, the new co-owner of the Sonar. He is a smart and handsome but ruthless guy who sells human organs and uses the club to cover his dirty deals. Emilia (working for the ESI) partners with Beat on his dangerous journey through organ trafficking and arms trades, all in front of the backdrop of Berlin’s party scene.

Baby on Netflix

Baby (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, November 30 [via]

Inspired by a true story, this Italian Netflix original follows a group of Roman teenagers as they defy society in their search for identity and independence.

1983

1983 (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, November 30 [via]

Polish Netflix Original: The deeply frozen Cold War is heating up. Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic law student and a disgraced police investigator stumble upon a conspiracy that has kept the Iron Curtain standing and Poland living under a repressive police state.

Now, in 2003, after two decades of peace and prosperity, the leaders of the regime enact a secret plan made with an unlikely adversary in the 1980s that will radically transform Poland and affect the lives of every citizen in the nation — and the world. What these two men discover has the potential to ignite a revolution and those in power will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.

Diablero

Diablero (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 21 [via]

Angels have left, evil has arrived to Mexico City and its citizens have become vulnerable to demons. Now, who will save them? Diablero, evil is coming to Netflix on December 21st.

Charmed
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Dunno. Soz.

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

Only a couple of acquisitions announced this week, none with airdates (not even approximate ones), I’m afraid. But E4 viewers will no doubt be excited to know that The CW (US)’s remake of Charmed is on the way, as is the Harry Styles-inspired and -produced Happy Together, which sees a pop-star camped out in a regular couple’s house. You can have some trailers to keep you going until they eventually air.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Blood, Daredevil and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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

Not a huge number of acquisitions this week – just the one in fact, but we won’t know the premiere date of Blood (Ireland: Virgin Media; UK: Channel 5) as of yet. No new premiere dates, either, so I’ll just mention some old news – Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will begin on Friday October 26th – and some third season news – Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil will begin on Friday October 19th – since we have some dark trailers for them. Ooh!

 

The Art of More
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Shut Eye, The Art of More and Mystery Road

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

Only a few acquisitions and new airdates this week, but at least there’s one proper good show on the list.

Premiere dates

Shut Eye on Hulu

Shut Eye (US: Hulu; UK: Virgin TV Ultra HD)
Premiere date: Tuesday, September 18, 10pm

Occasionally comedic, often violent piece in which Jeffrey Donovan does for faux psychics what he did for spies in Burn Notice – that is, until he gets a hit on the noggin and gets real psychic powers, which he decides to use for evil. Unfortunately, the scripts are just the wrong side of good and watchable, and the stuff with gypsies is borderline offensive, too, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch this, if I were you.

Episode reviews: 1, 2-3

The Art of More

The Art Of More (US: Crackle; UK: Virgin TV Ultra HD)
Premiere date: Thursday September 20, 10pm

Former US soldier Christian Cooke (from ITV’s Demons and Starz’s Magic City) manages to parlay his skills in looting Iraqi art museums into a legit job at a posh auction house run by Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). Unfortunately, not only does his past start to catch up with him, the script is terrible. Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth are thoroughly wasted in supporting roles, too.

Episode reviews: 1

Mystery Road
Aaron Pedersen in Mystery Road

Mystery Road (Australia: ABC; UK: BBC Four)
Premiere date: Saturday September 22, 9pm

Cracking TV spin-off from the two Mystery Road movies that sees Aaron Pedersen return as the Aboriginal cowboy-esque cop who has to brave social divides to investigate the disappearance of two kids in a remote town in Australia. It dips a bit in the middle but recovers at the end, and undoubtedly will be on of this year’s list of Top TMINE Shows.

Episode reviews: 1-3, 4, 5, 6