Vella Raja

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Vella Raja, Escape At Dannemora, Sex Education and Titans

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


The big one of the week is CBS (US)’s FBI, which has been picked up by Sky. No word on an exact date or even what channel, but Sky Witness seems the obvious choice.

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Vella Raja

Vella Raja (Amazon)
Premiere date: Today

Amazon Prime’s first Tamil-language series, Vella Raja follows several characters that find themselves in a hostage situation after a drug heist. Stars Bobby Simha (Jigarthanda) and Parvathy Nair (Overtake).

Escape At Dannemora
Escape At Dannemora (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Tuesday January 1, 9pm

Escape At Dannemora recounts the real-life, stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who reportedly carried on months-long affairs with both men. The limited series stars Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse.

Sex Education
Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson in Netflix’s Sex Education
Sex Education (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 11

Sex Education follows Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson), a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realises that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status.

He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realises he may need some therapy of his own.

No trailer that I can spot, yet. Sorry


Titans (US: DC Universe; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 11

The first programme from the US’s nascent DC Universe streaming service is actually a surprisingly credible and interesting look at some of the DC comic book world’s lesser known heroes, as well as some of its more important ones but from a different perspective than the one we’re used to at the movies. It sees original Batman sidekick Dick Grayson shed his Robin persona to become a Detroit police detective. However, it’s not long before he’s having to protect a teenage girl – who has somewhat demonic qualities – from a whole bunch of people who want her dead (or worse). Along for the ride is an alien who’s lost her memory (Starfire) and a new, shapechanging hero (Beastboy) who lives with some odd friends…

The first episode is excellent and after a few bumpy episodes caused by some bad choices of villains and supporting heroes, as well as some standalone episodes designed to launch other DC Universe shows such as Doom Patrol, the show quickly soars off to become one of the current members of TMINE’s Recommended Viewing list. Be warned, though – not only is it surprisingly sweary, its fight scenes are impressively gritty and there’s a lot of blood, so it’s not one for the young comics fan, who’d be better off watching Teen Titans Go To The Movies.

Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Auf kurze Distanz and Dead Man Working

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

Like Christmas, Thanksgiving in the US seems to last about a fortnight, killing all work within its vicinity. As a result, there have been no new acquisitions this week and even premiere dates have been thin on the ground.

However, Walter Presents does have two new German thrillers and although these aren’t definite premiere dates, the best guess is that both of them are going to be available from next Friday (December 7), so I thought I’d tell you about them now before it’s too late. In both cases, these were Wednesday movies on the TV channel Das Erste that have been split into two episodes for Walter’s benefit.

No sign yet of a rescheduled premiere date for Das Boot, by the way. Looks like Sky Atlantic are going to wait until it’s finished airing in Germany before showing it here.

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Auf kurze Distanz (Point Blank)

Auf kurze Distanz (Point Blank)

An undercover agent (Tom Schilling) suffers from inner conflict as he is supposed to betray his friend who is part of the Serbian sports betting mafia in Berlin.

Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)

Dead Man Working (Deadly Money)

Despite already having an English title, Walter has decided to rename this banking thriller Deadly Money. When a top banker falls from a roof at the pinnacle of his career, a bitter battle erupts between his employer and his widow.

Börü (Wolf)
Memories of the Al Hambra

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Transferts, Xanadu, Farang, Memories of the Alhambra, The Protector and Selection Day

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


Nothing without a premiere date, you’ll be surprised to hear.

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Although I don’t normally do premiere dates for season numbers greater than 1, I just thought I’d point out that season 3 of Travelers is set to hit Netflix on Friday, December 14.

I should also point out that I missed that Belgian body-swap drama Transferts (Transfers) has now hit Netflix:

Usual thanks to Fans of European and World TV Dramas for a lot of these premiere dates:

Xanadu (The Money Shot)

Xanadu (The Money Shot) (France: Arte; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Wednesday, November 20, 12.00am

For more than 40 years at Xanadu, X-rated films and family life have peacefully co-existed together under the same roof. The business thrived under the authority of Alex Valadine, the flamboyant patriarch and the high priest of the French erotic film industry. Yet, decades later Alex refuses to acknowledge that the industry is now virtually unrecognisable and now the company is struggling to keep up with the digital world. In order to save the business from bankruptcy his children need to step in and take control, but will they be able to overcome fraught relations and past predicaments?

The trailer’s a tad racy (even the preview pic on the YouTube video is a tad X-rated), so click through to view it


Farang (Dead Man Running) (Sweden: CMore; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Wednesday, November 27, 11.05pm

Former criminal Rickard (Ola Rapace) has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years later and he still has a price on his head and returning home would be a death sentence, so he ekes out his existence as a small-time crook in the back alleys of Phuket. Life’s tough and dirty, but at least it won’t kill him. That’s the idea anyway.

When his fifteen-year-old daughter Thyracomes (Louise Nyvall) looking for him, Rickard’s self-imposed exile in this gritty paradise is soon under threat. His attempts to push her away only drive her deeper into the dark underworld that Rickard knows only too well. After a momentary lapse in judgement, Rickard’s cover is blown and both he and his daughter find themselves in very real danger. Their only chance of survival is to strike back at those who are coming for them.

Yesterday he was alone. Today he has a daughter to look after. But how can he protect her when he can’t even protect himself?

Memories of the Al Hambra

Memories of the Alhambra (South Korea: tvN; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Saturday, December 1

Suspense romance drama. After suffering a setback following his friend’s betrayal, Yoo Jin-woo travels to Granada in Spain for a business trip. There, he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist named Jung Hee-joo; and both get entangled in a mysterious incident.

The Protector

The Protector (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 14

Turkish Netflix original. Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.

Selection Day

Selection Day (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 28

Indian Netflix original. In a country that loves cricket, lives a boy who doesn’t. Radha and Manju were conceived to be the greatest batsmen in the world, but Manju doesn’t share his father’s dream. Come selection day, the selectors won’t be the only ones making a choice.

Dogs of Berlin

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Kidding, Blood, My Brilliant Friend and Acceptable Risk

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

Oops. I forgot I’d bookmarked a few shows last week and forgot to include them, so let’s play catch-up this week. There haven’t been any new acquisitions this week, but we do have a lot of premiere dates. One change is that Das Boot is no longer going to air from November 23, but from a later date instead.

What I massively overlooked is that Walter actually unleashed three new French shows on us without notice last Friday: Duel En Ville, Contact and State Conspiracy. That’s on top of Japanese-American chiller Crow’s Blood. It’s also picked up for airing at some point Shades of Guilt:

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My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Monday, November 19, 9pm

My Brilliant Friend is HBO’s first foreign language mini-series, and is based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, the story follows the lives of two girls over six decades of their friendship. After receiving a phone call, Elena Greco discovers the most important and significant figure in her life, Raffaella ‘Lila’ Cerullo, has gone missing.

Knowing this disappearance has been a long time coming, Elena, now a writer, finally sits down to put the story of their intertwining lives on paper, starting from the 1950s where the two first met at school, in an attempt to describe the mystery of Lila – her brilliant friend, and in a way, worst enemy.

© 2018 Company Pictures

Blood (Ireland: Virgin Media Television; UK: Channel 5)
Premiere date: Monday, November 19, 9pm

Blood explores family, memory, and the impact the past can have on the present. Cat Hogan is an isolated woman on the run from her past, a past she is forced to confront when the sudden ‘accidental’ death of her mother, Mary, draws her back to the family she has spent the last ten years trying to avoid. Cat has always been the black sheep of the family and now this uncomfortable reunion awakens sinister demons from the past and shines a suspicious light on her mother’s death. However much she wants to believe her death was innocent, her suspicions start to mount against her father when she begins to notice discrepancies in his stories.

Set over the week following Mary’s death, Cat tries to uncover the truth, looking to the past to understand the present. The audience will constantly question whether Cat is paranoid or has in fact discovered a terrible truth about her father. Nothing and no one can be taken at face value. In Blood, the ‘truth’ depends on who you ask. The six episode drama series, penned by Sophie Petzal, stars Adrian Dunbar, and the cast also includes Carolina Main, Ingrid Craigie, Diarmuid Noyes, Gráinne Keenan, Cillian Ó Gairbhí and Mark O’Regan.

Jim Carrey in Kidding

Kidding (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Thursday, November 29

Jim Carrey plays a beloved children’s TV host whose life falls apart when one of his children is killed in a car accident. Carrey’s character bottles up all his emotions and the question is: when is he going to explode.

I never found out, as I gave up after the second episode. To me, it was just sad things happening to nice people, rather than anything that was actually funny. But not a bad show, and one that’s got a great cast.

Episode reviews: 1, 2

Acceptable Risk

Acceptable Risk (Ireland: RTÉ; UK: Universal)
Premiere date: Thursday, December 6, 9pm

Acceptable Risk tells the story of Sarah Manning, who, following the murder of a husband, comes to realise that she knows nothing about his past. While coping with her grief in her home in Dublin, Sarah questions who Lee actually was and what he did in his work for a powerful global organization. And why did Lee, a salesman, need to carry a gun?

The growing suspicion that Lee’s death may be connected to the death of her first husband leads Sarah to confront a powerful conspiracy of corporate, police and political interests, extending from Dublin to Montreal, in which her own family may be complicit. The drama stars Elaine Cassidy. Angeline Ball, Morten Suurballe, Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Geordie Johnson.

Dogs of Berlin

Dogs of Berlin (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 7

After the death of a renowned German-Turkish soccer player, two very different cops each face off against the German underworld, and each is forced to face their own criminal activities. Fahri Yardim (The Physician) plays policeman Erol Birkan, and Felix Kramer (Dark) plays rival cop Kurt Grimmer. Netflix says: “This show is: gritty.” Gosh.

The Hook up Plan

Plan Coeur (The Hook-Up Plan) (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 7

In a misguided attempt to build up perpetually single Elsa’s confidence, her friends hire a male escort. A comedy series set in Paris starring Marc Ruchmann, Zita Hanrot and Sabrina Ouazani.

Champaign ILL

Champaign ILL (YouTube Premium)
Premiere date: Friday, December 12

After the death of their best friend, a wildly famous rap icon, Alf and Ronnie lose their lavish lifestyle and are forced to return home to Champaign, Illinois. In order to get back what they’ve lost, they must figure out how to leave their destructive behavior behind and get back on top. Stars Adam Pally and Sam Richardson and guest stars Jay Pharoah.


Kingdom (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 25 2019

Korean drama in which as deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread. The prince must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the evil and save his people.