Milk and Honey

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including ג’וני ואבירי הגליל and Feud: Bette and Joan

Every Friday, ‘When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE?’ lets you know when the latest global TV shows will air in the UK

Not a huge number of acquisitions this week. One show that’s been quietly acquired at some point by Netflix is Glacé (The Frozen Dead) (France: M6; UK: Netflix), but I don’t know when that’s going to air yet. Here’s a trailer to get you in the mood for when it becomes available:

Otherwise, just a couple of premiere dates for you:

ג’וני ואבירי הגליל (Milk and Honey/Johnny and Knights of Galilee) (Israel: Yes; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Sunday, December 3

Milk and Honey tells the story of four childhood friends from a small village in the Galilee who stumble upon an original business idea which will make the most of their various abilities – they open an escort service exclusively for women, the first of its kind in the country. The service becomes a surprising success around the Galilee, while the four friends struggle with their new and challenging identities as gigolos.

Every episode advances three or four plotlines, following the adventures of the four friends, the women they meet in their personal lives as well as their professional/sexual encounters – and the fine line separating the two.

By turning the spotlight on the bedroom, the show sharply exposes the power play and tension between genders, classes and different sectors in Israeli society.

The men in the show see selling their bodies as a tempting and lucrative business opportunity, but paradoxically, it’s their dubious business that forms a bond of solidarity between them.

Here’s the original Yes trailer, and Walter can introduce the show to you afterwards.

Feud: Bette and Joan (US: FX; UK: BBC Two)
Premiere date: Saturday, December 16, 9pm

Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series looks at famous feuds. First up, is Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s hate fest, with Charles and Diana to follow in season two – can’t wait.

A good cast – Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Jackie Hoffman and Alison Wright – but I didn’t bother with it because it’s an anthology show that’s also based on real events about which I have no knowledge, so why bother? I might as well review the news…

Russell Peters and Mishqah Parthiephal in The Indian Detective (Marcos Cruz/Bell Media)

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Salvation, Manhunt: Unabomber, Le mystère du lac and The Indian Detective

Every Friday, ‘When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE?’ lets you know when the latest global TV shows will air in the UK

A bit more bustle this week, with a bunch of new acquisitions announced, all of which will air in 2018:

  • Craith (Hidden) (Wales: S4C; UK: BBC Four)
  • Instinct (US: CBS; UK: Sky Living)
  • Knightfall (US: History; UK: History UK)
  • SEAL Team (US: CBS; UK: Sky 1)
  • The Terror (US: AMC; UK: Amazon)
  • Zone blanche (Black Spot) (France: France 2; UK: Amazon)

We also have some premiere dates, including dates for shows acquired this week for a change. But just in case you were wondering, season 2 of Travelers will be available on Netflix from 26 December. There’s something to enjoy with your Christmas leftovers, hey?

Salvation (US: CBS; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Now (sorry, only just noticed it was there)

Despite previous indications to the contrary, this one actually ended up on Netflix (whoops). An asteroid’s coming to hit the Earth and only a student, a brilliant industrialist and some plodding government types can save the day. I lasted about two episodes, as it alternated between reasonably smart and galactically stupid, but you might last longer. Has been renewed for a second season in the US.

Episode reviews: 1, 2

Manhunt: Unabomber (US: Discovery; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: December 12

True story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI agent and criminal profiler Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans, Deadline Gallipoli, Terminator 4), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture Unabomber Paul Bettany. This series features Bettany and Worthington’s first leading roles on US television; it will also air on Discovery UK in 2018 at some point.

I haven’t reviewed it because it aired in August this year. Bloody August.

Le mystère du lac (Vanished by the Lake) (France: TF1; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: December 13

Lise (Barbara Schulz) hasn’t returned to her small hometown since the tragedy that shattered her teens. Now a detective, she is back to care for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. But the day she arrives, a neighbour’s teenage daughter goes missing under the exact same circumstances as Lise’s two best friends 15 years previously. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself Lise imposes herself on the local police squad to help find the missing girl.

Desperate for answers, Lise takes it upon herself to revisit the cold case of her vanished friends. In the process of addressing her own painful memories, she is confronted by her mother’s own muddled recollections, including some shocking new revelations. But can Lise trust these memories have not been tainted by disease?

The Indian Detective (Canada: CTV; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: December 19

A four-part comedy series developed by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) for comedian Russell Peters in his first starring role. It also stars WILLIAM SHATNER. Yes, that one.

Peters plays Doug D’Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents’ Indian homeland. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy involving David Marlowe (Shatner), a billionaire property developer, while dealing with his own ambivalence toward a country where, despite his heritage, he is an outsider.

It only started in Canada yesterday, so I haven’t had time to watch it yet. Fingers crossed, I’ll be reviewing the first episode on Monday, next week for sure.

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

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

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