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  • Walter Presents acquires:
    • Antena 3 (Spain)’s Bajo sospecha (Under Suspicion)
    • Club Illico (Canada)’s La Faille (The Wall – Cover Your Tracks)
    • Das Erste (Germany)’s Das Verschwinden (The Vanishing)
    • Movistar (Spain)’s El día de mañana (What The Future Holds)
    • Rai 1 (Italy)’s Imperial
    • Rai 2 (Italy)’s Il Cacciatore (The Hunter) and Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders
    • Viaplay (Sweden)’s Hassel
  • Britbox green lights: adaptations of
    • Nicholas Blake’s The Beast Must Die, with Cush Jumbo, Jared Harris and Billy Howle
    • Irvine Welsh’s Crime, with Dougray Scott

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Review: Perry Mason (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic)

In the US: Sundays, 9pm, HBO
In the UK: Mondays, 2am, Sky Atlantic

The peak of Perry Mason’s fame has long passed. From his origination in the stories and movies of the 1930s, through the radio series of the 40s/50s and 50s/60s TV series with Raymond Burr to the 80s/90s TV movie revival of said series with Raymond Burr, the public’s familiarity with the dazzling defence lawyer is diminishing, as old age claims those who loved him when they were younger.

So to a certain extent, the makers of this prequel mini-series could do what they wanted – who remembers enough about Mason that they’ll quibble (or at least care about) the lack of faithfulness to the source material?

Even more so, the books at least are very unspecific about Mason and his background. There are a couple of references here and there, but for the most part, Mason is a cipher, an idea – he’s a lawyer on the side of good who’ll defend the innocent, investigate the truth and win all his cases, with the assistance of secretary Della Street and detective Paul Drake.

But given that those are the core ideas of Mason that those who know Mason will remember, you have to wonder why for this prequel Perry Mason mini-series, the show’s producers have opted to portray Mason as a Depression era, down-at-heel, hard-boiled, largely conscienceless private eye who exploits the weak and innocent and only shows up in a court room as a witness or defendant.

Couldn’t they just have adapted something by Dashiell Hammett instead? It’s not like they were stumped for options

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What time, TMINE? Including Ted Lasso, Perry Mason, Spides, Sommerdahl, Sygeplejeskolen, Noces rouges, Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie, Balthazar, M’entends-tu? and El Presidente

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I needn’t have worried about running out of TV last time on What time, TMINE? Turns out, there’s plenty of TV still out there.

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Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie (France: France 2; UK: Acorn TV)

“Agatha Christie’s masterful storytelling gets a dash of French flair in these sexy, witty mysteries”. Allegedly. You’re much better off reading Mr Thierry Attard’s reviews

Episodes one to three are available now.

Balthazar

Balthazar (France: TF1; UK: Acorn TV)

Suave, smart, and somewhat strange, Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) can make the dead speak like no one else. As a forensic pathologist in Paris, he works with no-nonsense chief inspector Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles) to solve the city’s most disturbing crimes. But there’s one case that continues to haunt him – the murder of his wife more than a decade ago.

Acquisitions

Only one acquisition this week that didn’t have a premiere date: TV 2 (Denmark) and Arte (France)’s DNA, which will air later in the year.

Full details of when and where you can watch Ted Lasso, Perry Mason, Spides, Sommerdahl (The Sommerdahl Murders), Sygeplejeskolen (The New Nurses), Noces rouges (A Deadly Union), Can You Hear Me? and El Presidente after the jump

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