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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Succession, Fangar and Carcereiros

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

Only a couple of premiere-less acquisitions this week, with Walter Presents picking up Channel 2 (Iceland)’s Réttur (The Court) and C More (Sweden)’s Farang. The former will air in September, while the latter will air towards the end of the year.

Otherwise, everything’s got a date.

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Fangar

Fangar (Prisoners) (Iceland: RÚV; UK: Sundance)
Premiere date: Now

One of Sundance’s sneaky acquisitions, this Prix-Europa nominated drama sees 30 year-old Linda (Thora Bjorg Helga) accused of a deadly assault and sent to prison. She gets to know women of a different social class than her, from a broken environment. Slowly, a bond develops between her and the other women inmates and the series focuses on why things happen and how it affects the family and society as a whole.

Sounds a bit Orange is the New Black.

 Jailers

Carcereiros (Jailers) (Brazil: Globo Play; UK: Sundance)
Premiere date: Now

The second of Sundance’s new prison shows – what’s that all about then? – is from Brazil. The difference here is that as well as being about blokes, it’s from the jailers’ point of view. Based on Dráuzio Varela’s novel of the same name, it stars Rodrigo Lombardi as Adriano, a correctional officer who endures the difficulties of prison life – both his own and those of the inmates. Adriano is charged with keeping the peace inside the jail but also faces pressures in his home life, from his wife who wants a baby, to his teenage daughter and his father, a former jailer himself. Tested daily with ethical and moral dilemmas, he lives between walls and prison bars, weapons, threats and conflicts – both human and psychological.

Jeremy Strong in Succession

Succession (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Thursday, August 2, 9pm

Created by Peep Show‘s Jesse Armstrong and with support from some The Thick of It writers, Succession follows the Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world, tracking their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their ageing father begins to step back from the company.

Cough, cough, the Murdochs, cough, cough.

It’s already been renewed for a second season, and stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman and Rob Yang. I found the first few episodes very funny, but it slowly switched from being a comedy with some drama to being a drama with the occasional comedy, which didn’t work for me.

Episode reviews: 1-2, 3, 4

The Outpost
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Kim’s Convenience, The Outpost, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, White Famous, Insatiable and Ghoul

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

A big bunch of premiere dates this week, with only one new show getting picked up with just a vague date (“Some time in August“) – ABC (US)’s pretty dreadful Ten Days In The Valley. Otherwise, we know where and when all of the following will be showing up on UK TV and laptop screens:

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Kim's Convenience

Kim’s Convenience (Canada: CBC; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Today

Adaptation of the hugely successful Canadian stage play about a Korean family who run a convenience store. Fun but not always the funniest, I enjoyed it enough to stick around for three episodes at least.

Episode reviews: 1-2, 3

Bletchley Circle San Francisco

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (US: BritBox; UK: ITV)
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 25, 9pm

US-made spin-off of ITV’s The Bletchley Circle that sees a bunch of former Bletchley Park codebreakers head off to San Francisco, where they link up with some American code-breaking friends to solve crimes.

White Famous

White Famous (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 25, 11:05pm

Series supposedly based on the life of Jamie Foxx, in which comedian Jay Pharoah decides he wants to be famous not just to black people but to white people as well. And that’s going to involve some compromises, some of which might involve dealing with the rather bizarre ‘Jamie Foxx’.

Sometimes funny because of its takes on ‘soft racism’, it felt more like a weak Entourage and Jamie Foxx wanting to get a few things off his chest than anything worthwhile.

Episode reviews: 1

Insatiable

Insatiable (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, August 10

Insatiable tells the story of Patty, who for years has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong, a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing – first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.

The comedy series, which was created by Lauren Gussis, stars Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Kimmy Shields, Irene Choi and Sarah Colonna. The executive producers are Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim and Andy Fleming.

The Outpost

The Outpost (US: The CW; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Monday, August 13, 9pm

I’ve just watched the first episode of this, so consider it a review as well, to save me writing a full review.

The Outpost follows Jessica Green, ‘a strong female hero’ and the lone survivor of a race called ‘Blackbloods’. Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilised world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator.

And it’s dreadful. It’s nearly unwatchable, low-budget, badly written, terribly acted dredge that is a throw-back to the syndicated likes of Relic Hunter in the 90s. If you make it past the first minute of plot-dumping dialogue, I’ll be surprised.

It desperately wants to be Game of Thrones, but it doesn’t come close to even the qualities of the somewhat similar The New Legends of Monkey – somewhat similar in that it not only features our heroine wandering around some nondescript fantasy realm, fighting mildly-threatening fantasy things, it’s stuffed full of Australians. While the present day antics are almost unwatchable, the little momentum they have is broken up by dreadful flashbacks to Green’s childhood in which everyone speaks a ludicrous made-up language (sorry in advance if it turns out to be Gaelic, as there are a lot of Irish actors around, too). Except they only speak it for about five seconds at a time before switching to English for no reason then starting again a minute later. The child who plays the younger Green looks so unlike her, too, it makes me wonder if that’s potentially even a plot point.

The fights are about the best bit of it, although the direction is so poor that you’ll spot every time a stuntwoman subs in for Green. Avoid like the zombie-alien plague. No, really. They have zombies with Alien mouths.

Ghoul

Ghoul (Netflix)
Premiere date: Tuesday, August 28

Three-part Indian  horror series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his captors, exposing their most shameful secrets.

Mr Mercedes
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Mr Mercedes and Burden of Truth

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. Netflix acquired ORF (Austria)’s Freud, but that hasn’t even started filming yet, so I can’t tell you any more than the Hollywood Reporter can. Otherwise, the following acquisitions also came with airdates.

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Mr Mercedes

Mr Mercedes (US: Audience; UK: Starzplay)
Premiere date: Available now

I missed this one as it started while I was on holiday, so all I can do is Wiki you:

Retired detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is still haunted by the unsolved case of ‘Mr Mercedes’, who claimed 16 lives when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of job-seekers at a local job fair. Meanwhile, brilliant young psychopath Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), the real Mr Mercedes, reemerges to focus his attention on Hodges. What begins as an online cat-and-mouse game between the two soon has deadly real-life consequences as an increasingly desperate Hartsfield becomes bent on leaving his mark on the world.

Apparently, it’s also based on Stephen King’s ‘Bill Hodges’ trilogy, with seasons two (on its way right now) and three following Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth (Canada: CBC; UK: Universal)
Premiere date: Tuesday, August 14, 9pm

Big city lawyer Kristin Kreuk returns to her home town to defend a big corporation from accusations of having poisoned some teenage girls. However, Kreuk discovers something else is the cause and decides to remain behind to help the girls and find out why everyone still hates her family after all these years.

Actually not that bad and I might have carried on watching if my viewing schedule at the time had allowed it. Plus it actually does do some science now and then, rather than simply ask the audience to feel like something bad could be happening.

Episode reviews: 1, 23

The Cleaning Lady
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Picnic at Hanging Rock, Reverie, Sharp Objects, The Raid and The Cleaning Lady

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

Two acquisitions this week without premiere dates. The first is Hulu (US)’s Future Man, which has been picked up by Syfy. No big surprises there, other than that Syfy has started airing new TV shows again. I thought it had given up on that?

The other premiere-less acquisition, though, is FX’s Trust. What do you mean you thought that had already been acquired? Good remembering, gentle reader, because Sky had indeed acquired it for airing in Europe. However, for reasons best known to it, it’s decided it won’t bother in the UK and Germany, and now BBC Two has picked up the baton.

Otherwise, we know exactly when the rest are going to start, including a couple of Walters. No, not Walter’s. Walters – that’s my new name for shows that Walter Presents acquires but doesn’t reveal the premiere date until about two seconds before they’re going to be available.

Oh, Walter. Won’t you just stop waltering us with these Walters?

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The Cleaning Lady

La chica que limpia (The Cleaning Lady) (Argentina: Cine.ar; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Friday, July 6

When a crooked manager at the local boxing club is murdered, the club’s cleaner, Rosa, is forced at gunpoint to clean up after the mafia-related hit. Scared for her life, but handsomely paid for her part in the crime, single mother Rosa uses her immaculate cleaning skills and, with no choice in the matter, begins to act as the regular “cleaning lady” for the gang. As the clandestine clean-ups increase and as she continues to struggle to provide a normal life for her ailing son Felipe, Rosa finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into the mafia.

The Raid

Alemão (The Raid) (Brazil: Dunno; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: 
Friday, July 6

Rio de Janeiro, 2010: Just as the Brazilian government launch a military-assisted siege on one of the city’s most notorious and criminally-controlled favelas, the identities of four undercover policemen operating in the slum are accidentally leaked. As violence mounts, the favela’s ruthless boss, Playboy, orders his men to hunt down those who have betrayed him. With their lives now at risk, the four undercover policemen stay low and do everything they can to stay alive. But while taking cover from the jungle of gunfire and warfare outside, they start to question if the traitor could in fact be amongst them…

That sounds suspiciously similar to a certain Indonesian movie I could name, doesn’t it? It might also be a movie, rather than a TV series, although I think it might be an extended version of the movie. You can guess I haven’t watched it.

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Monday, July 9, 2am/9pm

Based on the Gillian Flynn novel, Sharp Objects follows reporter Amy Adams, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Haven’t seen it because it won’t start in the US until Monday July 9 at 2am UK time. Yep, it’s being simulcast.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic At Hanging Rock (Australia: Showcase; UK: BBC Two)
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 11, 9.05pm

Naff, long, not especially interesting adaptation of the classic Australian novel that also takes in the iconic movie and the final chapter to give us a somewhat supernatural thriller about the disappearance of some boarding school girls while they’re on a picnic and its effects on the townsfolk. While the quality of the original shines through, this is tonally all over the place and not very well directed.

Episode reviews: 1

Reverie

Reverie (US: NBC; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Thursday, August 2, 9pm

Former hostage negotiator Sarah Shahi tries to redeem herself of guilt over past failures by rescuing people who are in comas because they’ve been using a brand new dream VR tech and fancy staying in the dreamworld rather than living in the miserable real world. Not the most ambitious of shows in any regard and one that stands a good chance of putting you to sleep.

Episode reviews: 1

Good Girls
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Good Girls, S.W.A.T., Sacred Games and Mr Sunshine

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

One new premiere-less acquisition this week, with BBC Four picking up ARD (Germany)’s period terrorism drama Gladbeck (54 Hours) for airing “later this year“; otherwise, everything else has a date.

Premiere dates

Good Girls
l-r: Retta, Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman in NBC’s Good Girls

Good Girls (US: NBC; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tuesday, July 3

Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman decide to improve their lives by robbing the local grocery store. Fortunately, it turns out to have far more money in its safe than it’s supposed to have. Unfortunately, not only does it all turn out to be a gang’s drug money, but Whitman’s boss recognises her and tries to use it to his advantage. After that, things spiral out of control.

Supposed to be a comedy, it honestly isn’t.

Episode reviews: 1

Sacred Games

Sacred Games (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, July 6

Set amid the chaos of Mumbai, this epic series explores the corrupt underworld lurking beneath India’s economic renaissance. Based on the novel.

SWAT CBS

S.W.A.T. (US: CBS; UK: Sky Living)
Premiere date: Sunday, July 8, 9pm (or 10pm)

Remake of the 70s cop drama about LA’s Special Weapons and Tactics police squad. Mostly just an excuse to give Criminal Minds‘s Shemar Moore something to do, in a Fast & Furious style shoot-up mixed with a weird attempt at social commentary on the black-American community that makes it more like Marvel’s Luke Cage than anything else.

Episode reviews: 1

Mr Sunshine

Mr Sunshine (Korea: No idea – soz; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Thursday, July 19

Set in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a US marine officer. He ironically falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.

Obviously, I’ve not seen this one, since it doesn’t start anywhere until July 7, but it does star the hugely popular Lee Byung-hun and looks very shiny, so it stands a chance of being good.