Turn Up Charlie
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Review: Turn Up Charlie (season one) (Netflix)

Available on Netflix

I imagine the Venn diagram of:

  • Set A: People who watch lots of TV and then write reviews of it on blogs
  • Set B: People who go out clubbing every night and/or DJ in Ibiza

Is two separate circles (ie A∩B=∅).

Indeed, I imagine that if we added another set to that list – Set C: people who use Venn diagrams – A∩C is going to be me. And just me.

So although I have actually been to Ibiza – very lovely monasteries and churches, and the views on Formentera are lovely…

TMINE on Formentera

…my ability to judge the reality of Netflix’s new comedy original, Turn Up Charlie, in which Idris Elbra plays a former hit DJ who’s now down on his luck and forced to play weddings for his mates, is severely limited. That said, there’s a real verisimilitude to both it and its take on London and British life that’s quite arresting.

The turning point for Elba is the return to London of his former best mate at school now Hollywood actor JJ Feild (Turn), who wants to spend more time with his tween daughter (Frankie Hervey); Feild’s American DJ ‘wife’ Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Notorious, Coyote Ugly, The Prestige) wants to do the same, too. However, both are nevertheless super, super busy right now and one day, Elba’s left to look after the precocious Hervey after she causes yet another of her nannies to walk out.

Guess who gets a new job looking after Hervey.

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Then And Now
BFI events

What (more) TV’s on at the BFI in March? Including Remembering Television

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London

A bit of a change from normal, in that the BFI is doing a BAFTA and releasing information about a new event with only a couple of weeks’ notice. It’s also an event that’s not actually being held at the BFI, but is to promote a Bloomsbury Publishing book, Remembering British Television: Audience, Archive and Industry:

Remembering Television: Then and Now

March 28

Bloomsbury Publishing UK
50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP London, United Kingdom
Timing: Doors open and complimentary drinks from 6pm. Our guests in conversation, followed by Q&A with audience members, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Tickets: £15 for adults / £10 students and concessions

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as we ask how, when ‘television’ no longer means a box in the corner of the living room that we sit and watch together, do we keep safe the television of the past?

What is the past, present and future of television? We’re experiencing a golden age right now with new show-runners, streaming services and unique collaborations popping up every other week but how does this brave new world take its cue from all that came before? Join us as we host a wide-ranging discussion with three self-confessed telly-addicts actively working to preserve the past and inspire future generations of TV creators, producers and writers to come.

Join us as we take another look at television’s history by talking to the people who are making it their mission to keep the unforgettable moments alive for creators, researchers, writers and, most importantly, the fans. Authors of Remembering British Television, Kristyn Gorton and Joanne Garde-Hansen will be in conversation with Dr Elinor Groom, currently TV curator at the British Film Institute (BFI).

Book tickets

Rig 45

Rig 45, Teenage Psychic, American Gods renewed; La vengeance aux yeux clairs spin-off; + more

Every weekday, TMINE brings you the latest TV news from around the world

Apologies for the delay in today’s news – apparently there was a power cut at the data centre… for eight hours.

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French TV

International TV

  • HBO Asia green lights: series of human consciousness thriller Dream Raider, food anthology series Food Lore, mass shooting drama The World Between Us
  • renews: Teenage Psychic

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US TV show casting

  • Azie Tesfai promoted to regular on The CW’s Supergirl

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

Nero a metà

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Project Blue Book, Green Door, Leila and Nero a metà

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

No new acquisitions without premiere dates, you’ll be pleased to hear, so let’s get straight down to it.

Premiere dates

Green Door

Green Door (Taiwan: Public Television Service; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tomorrow

The six-episode show is adapted from Taiwanese author Joseph Chen’s novel of the same title. It tells the story of Wei Sung-Yen, a troubled psychologist who returns from the US to set up his own practice in Taiwan, where mysterious patients and uncanny events shed light on his murky past.

The series is directed by Lingo Hsieh (aka Xie Tingwei), known for her fantasy-horror movie The Bride, which she co-created with Japanese thrill-master Takashige Ichise. The screenplay is adapted by Hsieh and Li Ting-yu.

The cast is headed by Taiwanese singer-actor Jam Hsiao, who makes his debut to lead in a drama series, and co-stars Hsieh Ying-Hsuan, who won the Golden Horse best actress prize last year for her role in Dear Ex, and Lan Wei-Hua. The cast is fleshed out by Haden Kuo (Tiny Times) and Ruby Zhan (The Tag-Along 2).

Nero a metà

Nero a metà (Carlo & Malik) (Italy: Rai 1; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 22

A veteran detective must face both his own biases and ghosts from his past when he’s paired up with a star rookie on a string of murder cases in Rome. Stars Claudio Amendola and Miguel Gobbo Diaz.

Netflix has somewhat glossed over the racial issues (“own biases”) in that brief description and sensibly changed the name to Carlo & Malik from the original’s somewhat dodgy “black in the middle”…

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book (US: History; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Wednesday March 27, 9pm

Dramatisation of the USAF’s 1960s UFO debunking programme starring Aidan Gillen. It’s initially 50% conspiracy nonsense, 50% moderately interesting adaptations of real Blue Book investigations, but by the second episode, it’s turned into 100% soporific stupidity that makes The X-Files look like CSPAN.

Episode reviews: 1, 2


Leila (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 14

Indian Netflix original. In the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future, a woman searches for the daughter she lost upon her arrest years ago.

Stars Huma Qureshi, Saddharth, Rahul Khanna.

One Day At A Time

One Day at a Time cancelled; Green Door acquired; Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas reunited; + more

Every weekday, TMINE brings you the latest TV news from around the world


  • Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark renamed Newark

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  • Sky1 green lights: series of national emergency political drama COBRA, with Robert Carlyle, Victoria Hamilton, Richard Dormer et al
  • Alice Eve, Tamsin Greig, Harriet Walter et al to star in ITV’s Belgravia

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting