Mr InBetween
International TV

What have you been watching? Including The I-Land and Mr InBetween

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Der Pass (Pagan Peak)

This week’s reviews

With the unofficial ‘week of boxsets’ over, TMINE’s been back to a slightly more normal pace. Last week’s Orange Thursday covered Long Shot (2019) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018), while Boxset Tuesday this week covered Austro-German Bron/Broen (The Bridge) adaptation Der Pass (Pagan Peak).

Tune in on Monday for a chance to win Der Pass on DVD, BTW.

However, that’s it for normal pace. Fall season 2019’s about to hit us, everyone. Brace yourselves – incoming…

David Tennant in Netflix’s Criminal

What’s coming this week

Tomorrow is Orange Thursday and as of yet, I’ve not watched a single movie. It’s not looking good is it, but I’ll try to sneak one in tonight.

Boxset Monday is almost certainly going to be Netflix’s multi-country anthology interrogation show Criminal. However, après ça, le déluge, as it’s new-show time.

I can’t say exactly which days the reviews will come and whether they’ll be rolled into next week’s WHYBW, but coming next week, I’m hoping to subject my eyeballs to: Bob ♥ Abishola (CBS), All Rise (CBS), Prodigal Son (Fox), Bluff City Law (NBC), Mixed-ish (ABC), Emergence (ABC), Stumptown (ABC), Creepshow (Shudder), The Unicorn (CBS), Perfect Harmony (NBC), Carol’s Second Act (CBS), Sunnyside (NBC) and Evil (CBS).

I won’t lie to you – there might be some slippage with that schedule, perhaps into the following week, and other things may suffer. But I’ll do my best.

Mr InBetween
Mr InBetween

The regulars

It’s the usual usuals after the jump: כפולים (False Flag), Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma), Glitch, Pennyworth and Titans. However, on top of that, Mr InBetween has made his return. There’s lovely, hey?

I’ll also have a few words to say about Netflix’s The I-Land. Will they be kind words or harsh words, you may wonder? Well, either it was the best Netflix show I’ve ever seen or it was the absolute worst. Have a guess which.

All of that, after the jump.

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Airdates

What time, TMINE? Including Pennyworth, Modern Love and Daybreak

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

Another week without acquisitions, I’m afraid. Jesus, you might all have to watch British TV programmes at this rate, you poor souls. Fortunately, we do have a few new dates.

Premiere dates

Modern Love

Modern Love (Amazon)

Premiere date: Friday, October 18

Inspired by the popular New York Times column of the same name, Modern Love is a half-hour romantic comedy series exploring love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms, as each standalone episode brings some of the column’s most beloved stories to life with a stellar cast.

The cast includes Jane Alexander, Sofia Boutella, Olivia Cooke, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott, John Slattery and Shea Whigham.

Daybreak (Netflix)

Premiere date: Thursday, October 24

Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the series is a dark comedy which follows 17-year-old high school outcast, Josh, as he searches for his missing girlfriend, Sam, in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.

Pennyworth
Jack Bannon in Pennyworth

Pennyworth (US: Epix; UK: StarzPlay)

Premiere date: Friday, October 25

Delightfully bonkers prequel to Batman-prequel Gotham focused on the life of future Bat-butler extraordinaire Alfred Pennyworth. Set in an alternative reality 1960s London, it sees Alfred freshly out of the SAS trying to set up his own security company. Along the way, he encounters future boss Thomas Wayne, his boss’ future wife Martha Kane and a series of blighters ranging from the left-wing No Names League to the right-wing Raven Society – and Paloma Faith.

A wonderful homage to everything 60s from The Avengers through to kitchen sink dramas, with a cracking central performance from the world’s best young Michael Caine impersonator (Jack Bannon), the show alternates genres on a knife’s edge, going from comedy to Alan Bennett-style Talking Head, but always maintaining a real English, sardonic authenticity (“There’s a Happy Eater near Luton. You love a fry-up.”).

TMINE episode reviews

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Cain
International TV

What have you been watching? Including The Flatey Enigma and Detective Cain

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Spy
Sacha Baron Cohen in The Spy

This week’s reviews

It’s amazing how much easier it is to write TV reviews when there’s no new TV to review, isn’t it? This odd paradox is presumably the only explanation for the large number of boxsets I dropped on you during TMINE’s inaugural ‘Boxsets Week’ (catchy title, hey?):

However, TV’s coming back, so it’s going to be a more regular schedule for the rest of the month, at least.

In fact, after the jump, we can talk about two new shows that have already popped up on UK TV screens in the past week: Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma) and Caïn (Detective Cain).

Toni Collette and Merritt Wever in Unbelievable
Toni Collette and Merritt Wever in Netflix’s Unbelievable

What’s coming this week

Tomorrow is Orange Thursday, of course, and at least one of the movies I’ll be reviewing is Mary Poppins Returns (2018); the other will be whatever I choose to watch tonight.

TV-wise, expect me to be at least glancing at Netflix’s The I-Land and Unbelievable, and I might get around finally to watching season 3 of GLOW as well.

But that’s about it for the premieres at the moment, I think. However, always expect the unexpected.

Esai Morales as Deathstroke in Titans
Esai Morales as Deathstroke in Titans

The regulars

My regular viewing queue is still a small list, but there are signs it’s coming back to life. We’ll be discussing the continuing adventures of False Flag and Glitch, of course, as well as my continuing efforts to catch up with Pennyworth.

But we also have the not quite triumphant return of Titans to consider, too. All of that, after the jump.

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Pennyworth
International TV

What have you been watching? Including Pennyworth

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

The Boys
Amazon’s The Boys

This week’s reviews

Look at that. It’s September. How did that happen, hey?

Cometh September, cometh the regular TMINE schedule and things are now officially back to normal. Almost. This week’s going to be slightly different in that it’s the slightly unscheduled “Week of Boxsets”, as I finally get round to reviewing all the Boxsets I watched over the summer break.

We started on Monday with season 2 of Netflix’s Mindhunter, quickly followed by season 1 of Amazon’s The Boys.

Today is WHYBW, of course, and the streams can’t cross, but tomorrow we’ll continue with season 3 of Canal+’s Le bureau des légendes (The Bureau), with season 4 concluding the “Week of Boxsets” on Friday.

And then on Monday, I’ll try to do another one. Because it’s Boxset Monday.

What will it be? It might be season 3 of GLOW, it might be season 2 of 4 Blocks, but it’s most likely to be the first season of Netflix’s forthcoming The Spy.

Pennyworth
Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth in Epix’s Pennyworth

What’s coming this week

However, that does mean there probably won’t be an Orange Thursday this week, primarily because it’s Wednesday and I’ve not seen any movies this week, but also because I won’t have time tomorrow to write reviews of two movies and a complete season of French TV.

Sorry about that. But I am merely mortal.

I’ve also decided not to bother with Showtime’s forthcoming On Becoming a God in Central Florida, on the general grounds that if it’s not good enough for even YouTube, it’s probably not good enough to watch. Plus I watched a bit of it and came to the same conclusion independently.

But I have watched the first couple of episodes of Pennyworth (US: Epix; UK: StarzPlay), so we can talk about that after the jump.

False Flag
False Flag

The regulars

With TMINE’s “if it starts in August, I’m not watching it rule” and so many shows in the US having now finished, in preparation for the Fall 2019-2020 season, there aren’t many regulars to talk about at the moment. Thank heavens there are other countries, hey?

So after the jump, let’s talk about the latest episodes of Israel’s False Flag and Australia’s Glitch. See you in a mo.

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I Am The Night
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What time, TMINE? Including FBI, Fosse/Verdon, Euphoria, I Am The Night and Unbelievable

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

It’s the last What time, TMINE? before TMINE’s summer break, but a two week-absence means that there’s plenty of acquisitions and dates to talk about.

Acquisitions

  • ITV has picked up Company Pictures’ remake of classic 70s ITV show Van Der Valk
  • Alibi has acquired Ten (Australia)’s My Life is Murder, which will hit UK airwaves some time in September
  • Channel Five has got its hands on another Australian show, SBS’s The Hunting, which will air some time this year
  • StarzPlay will be showing Epix (US)’s Batman prequel Pennyworth some time in the autumn
  • Walter Presents has picked up France 2’s Caïn (Detective Cain) for a September start
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