Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans in Defending Jacob
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Boxset Tuesday: Defending Jacob (Apple TV+)

In the UK: Available on Apple TV+

Defending Jacob is one of those shows that you can only imagine is intended more as a statement piece than as a draw for your fledging streaming service. A ‘prestige TV’ mini-series adaptation of William Landay’s novel of the same name, with an all star cast that includes Chris Evans (Captain America), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Good Behavior) and JK Simmons (Counterpart, Whiplash), it’s a solid meat-and-two-veg legal drama that provides a perfectly reasonable number of thrills without anything remarkable ever happening.

As such, it feels more like Apple saying: “This is a high-quality, but unchallenging show for what we imagine are normal people. Don’t worry, guys – it’s all going to be good stuff here, but it’s not all going to be liberal stuff like The Morning Show, challenging stuff like Servant or amazing, mind-blowing stuff like See… What do you mean See was awful?”

The clue is in the title

The first three episodes, partly told in flashback through grand jury proceedings, see Evans playing an assistant district attorney in a small town. Together with his charity worker wife (Dockery), they’re raising their perfectly normal if socially awkward son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) in reasonable harmony, going through all the same sorts of issues as anyone else raising a teenage boy in a small American town.

Then the whole community is shocked when someone in Jacob’s year is found murdered. Evans is assigned the case, and quickly hones in on a local sex criminal (Daniel Henshall) as a prime suspect.

However, soon, there are whisperings among the kids of Jacob’s year that maybe it was Evans’ son who was responsible. Before you know it, evidence is starting to mount up against Jacob, forcing Evans to have to… well, you can guess from the title.

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Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans in Defending Jacob
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What time, TMINE? Including Amazing Stories, The Dead Lands, The Righteous Gemstones, The L Word, Defending Jacob, Onisciente and Luna Nera

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

This week’s premiere dates are mostly for streaming services’ original programmes, such as Netflix’s Onisciente (Omniscient) and Luna Nera (Black Moon) and Apple TV+’s Amazing Stories and Defending Jacob.

But we’ve also got dates for The Righteous Gemstones and The L Word: Generation Q, all of which will be revealed after the jump.

Mrs Fletcher
Kathryn Hahn in Mrs Fletcher

Acquisitions

The only acquisition this week was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Run, which is going to air on HBO in the US and Sky Comedy… some time. It’s not even clear when it’s going to air in the US.

We also know that HBO’s Mrs Fletcher is going to air on Sky Comedy, too, rather than Sky Atlantic as originally planned. That’ll be coming in February but I can’t offer anything more precise than that yet.

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The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands (New Zealand: TVNZ; UK: Shudder)

Premiere date: yesterday (in New Zealand, too)

Adaptation of the movie of the same name that sees murdered Māori warrior Waka Nuku Rau sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins and find honour in a land ravaged by the supernatural.

In a world where the dead now haunt the living, Waka Nuku Rau and a young woman quest to find who “broke the world” and how to close the breach between the living and the dead.

Stars: Darneen Christian and Te Kohe Tuhaka

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