Walter Presents
BFI events

What TV’s on at the BFI in March? Including Cheat, The Macra Terror and Walter Iuzzolino

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

If you like European plays, you’ll love March at the BFI, as there’s going to be a season of TV adaptations of European plays from down through the ages. Centrepiece of the season is a Q&A with Walter Iuzzolino of Walter Presents… fame, discussing with others including Cherie Lunghi, the British attitude to European TV.

If you dislike European plays, there’s some animated Doctor Who with assistant Anneke Wills and a preview of ITV’s Cheat that includes a Q&A with cast and crew. Full details after the jump…

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TISWAS
Events

What’s on at We Are Cult’s 2019 one-day conventions? Including Andrew Marshall, Stephen Volk and Tiswas

Not one of the regular events that TMINE covers, I know, but We Are Cult has announced not one but two one-day conventions to be held this year in Bristol and Manchester. I thought some of you might be interested…

Ghostwatch

The first WE ARE CULT one-day convention

Since its launch in September 2016, We Are Cult has brought you the best in news, reviews, interviews and features relating to anything leftfield, wayward and independently minded in pop culture, with an accent on all things retro. Our following and social media response has proven that there is an audience for all things Cult, from mainstream to slipstream, and that niche is nice.

In 2019, We Are Cult is taking it to the next level, with its first convention, a one-day event in Bristol this June, where we will present a series of informal, intimate panels with writers, actors and creators from the worlds of cult film and television, including a few surprises along the way.

Guests are scheduled to include:

  • Comedy writer Andrew Marshall (End Of Part One, 2 point 4 Children, Strange) in conversation with comedy historian Jem Roberts, biographer of Douglas Adams, Fry & Laurie and the ‘Blackadder’ saga
  • A special screening with Doctor Who DVD and Blu-Ray documentary maker and Big Finish writer Chris Chapman
  • We Sound Familiar, a comedy podcast from impressionists Peter Walsh, Elliott Crossley and Chris Walker-Thomson
  • An interview with Stephen Volk, writer of Ghostwatch
  • Artist Sophie Iles, whose work has appeared in DWM, BBC’s Anglophena’s DoctorWho TV, The Time Travel Nexus, Cosmic Masque & multiple charity works.

Your Master of Ceremonies will be Sam Michael, stand-up comedian and Kennet Radio DJ.

MORE EXCITING GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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TISWAS

The second WE ARE CULT one-day convention

Sat, 5 October 2019, 13:00-20:00 BST
Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

Since its launch in September 2016, We Are Cult has brought you the best in news, reviews, interviews and features relating to anything leftfield, wayward and independently minded in pop culture, with an accent on all things retro. Our following and social media response has proven that there is an audience for all things Cult, from mainstream to slipstream, and that niche is nice.

In 2019, We Are Cult is taking it to the next level, with its second convention, a one-day event in Manchester this October, where we will present a series of informal, intimate panels with writers, actors and creators from the worlds of cult film and television, including a few surprises along the way.

Guests are scheduled to include:

  • A LIVE episode of Neil Perryman’s podcast series ‘Perfect Night In’ with writer Paul Magrs
  • Writer Stephen Gallagher (Warriors Gate, Chimera) in conversation with Andy Murray (Into The Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale)
  • ‘TISWAS: PIE AND MIGHTY’, a tribute to the anarchic Saturday morning TV series hosted by stand-up comedian Pete Thomas of TISWAS ONLINE and with special guest Tiswas Bunny Boy Matthew Butler
  • A free-form conversation ‘In Company’ with writers Louis Barfe (Where Have All the Good Times Gone?, Turned Out Nice Again, The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson) and Matt Owen (Danger Mouse, Lenny Henry In Pieces, 2DTV)
  • The Ben Baker Quiz Explosion
  • The Doctor Who Restoration Team’s Steve Roberts on the full story behind the BOTTOM:FLUFF outtakes video including a unique screening of the original BOTTOM FLUFF edit that got them the BBC Video.

MORE EXCITING GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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Kate Beckinsale in The Widow
BAFTA events

What (yet more) TV’s on at BAFTA in February? Including The Widow

Every week or so, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA seems to be adding precisely events to its February line-up at the rate of precisely 1 event/week, so add to the previous two events (Matthew Hall on Writing and a look back at Manhunt) this new one, which is a preview of ITV’s The Widow. I should point out that when I posted a trailer for it on Tuesday, I billed it as Amazon’s The Widow – it’s actually a co-production between ITV and Amazon and will air here on ITV, but the trailer (which you can see below as well) is Amazon’s for overseas audiences.

TV Preview: The Widow

Monday, 18 February 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A preview of the new ITV drama followed by a Q&A with the creative team.

From BAFTA nominated screenwriters Harry & Jack Williams (Liar, The Missing), The Widow tells the story of Georgia Wells (Kate Beckinsale) who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

The eight-part series is a Two Brothers Production directed by Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue). With Kate Beckinsale playing the lead role, key cast also includes Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Godzilla), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Trapped, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock, Clique).

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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including New Amsterdam

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

Four acquisitions this week, but only one with a premiere date. Let me elucidate:

Acquisitions

  • Universal has picked up Global (Canada)’s six-part event mini-series about a vanished aeroplane, Departure, which stars Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer and a host of others. However, there’s no premiere date as of yet, probably because it only started production in November and hasn’t aired in Canada.
  • Alibi has acquired Nine (Australia)’s “so dumb it hurts” serial killer drama Bite Club, featuring Lost’s Dominic Monaghan. That’s likely to air in February, but there’s no exact date yet.
  • Walter’s bought DR (Denmark)’s adaptation of Jakob Ejersbo’s book of the same name, Liberty, featuring Connie Nielsen, Carsten Bjørnlund and Sofie Gråbøl. No premiere date either, as ‘this year’ is the best information Walter is offering at the moment.

Premiere dates

NEW AMSTERDAM — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Francisco Roman/NBC)
New Amsterdam (US: NBC; UK: Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, February 8

The Black List: Redemption‘s Ryan Eggold playing a newly arrived medical director at New York’s largest, oldest and most famous public hospital, New Amsterdam. He reckons there’s a lot wrong with it, so plans to turn it upside down, ignore all the rules and fire everybody who’s part of ‘the system’, so that doctors can get back to being doctors rather than accountants/golf players. Why, he’s so optimistic and revolutionary, he might even inspire that Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sense8, The Carrie Diaries) to stop touring all the TV talk shows to raise funding and come back to working as a doctor again.

Based on a real-life doctor at the real New York hospital of Bellevue, there is at least a germ of something different in New Amsterdam and it was moderately interesting to see Eggold doing some robust change management, listening to those on the front-line to see what could be changed and then putting it into practice. The show doesn’t make him an all-knowing genius, but one who makes mistakes and is prepared to listen to find out how to fix them. It’s also not entirely populated with pretty people, with nice old doctor Anupam Kher turning out to have almost House-ian diagnostic skills, if a much better bedside manner, thanks to the mystic skill of “taking your time”.

However, the rest of the time, it’s plain old medical procedural melodrama and soap, with Eggold turning out to have cancer, his wife nearly miscarrying their baby, doctors trying to have relationships and dumping their girlfriends for not being black enough and so on. That’s before we get onto the likelihood of random people being injected with Ebola by terrorists in order to destroy New York.

This is clearly not a production team confident in its ability to woo viewers with rigorous MBA framework analyses.

By the end of the first episode, I’d been pleasantly surprised by the show but not interested in it enough to want to watch much more of it. But at the very least, it wasn’t a waste of my time.

Episode reviews: 1

Sammy Davis Jr
BFI events

What TV’s on at the BFI in February? Including Logopolis, Traitors, Bill Hicks and Forgotten Black TV

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

After January’s sluggish start, the BFI is kicking things up a notch for February. The centrepiece is a season of forgotten black TV plays – expect lots of Don Warrington as well as Sammy Davis Jr – but there’s also a preview of the Channel 4/Netflix spy drama Traitors that’s followed by a Q&A with star Keeley Hawes, a Bill Hicks event and an airing of Doctor Who story Logopolis to coincide with its Blu-Ray release. All that after the jump…

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