On TMINE this week…

Blimey. It’s nearly October. How did that happen?

Things were a bit quiet on TMINE last week, owing to a surprising bucketload of work that landed in my lap, resulting in the usual schedule ending up in a dumpster somewhere.

So this is just to reassure you all I’m still alive and to let you know what you can expect this week. Just in case you were worried.

Some time either today or tomorrow I’m going to be reviewing all of season 5 of Le Bureau des Légendes (The Bureau), since I have now managed to watch all of it. I’m hoping to have the schedule for the BFI’s forthcoming Play for Today season, as well as all the latest BAFTA and RTS events as well, and any new TV shows I’ve spotted in Talking Pictures’ schedules.

Wednesday will bring What Have You Been Watching?, will include the usual regulars as well as Fox (US)’s Filthy Rich, maybe Amazon’s Utopia Netflix’s Criminal: UK as well as anything else that happens to be on in the next couple of days.

Orange Thursday will have reviews of both Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020) and Enola Holmes (2020), and Friday will have more What Time, TMINE?

And then it’ll be the weekend. Woo hoo!


On TMINE this week…

Well hello. How are you all? I hope you had as good an August break as I did and are already enjoying September.

TMINE returned last week with something of a soft relaunch. Just News, because after nearly a month off, my work backlog was something huge. Plus there wasn’t that much TV to talk about.

But things are nearly back to manageable levels now, and so now it’s time to handle TMINE’s backlog. Hopefully, today (or maybe) tomorrow, WHYBW will return so we can talk about all the lovely tele we’ve been watching (or not) for the past month.

After that, there’ll be the usual round-ups of BAFTA, RTS and BFI events (what there are) this month and next. With cinemas back, Covideodrome is being mothballed in favour of Orange Thursday, which will return on (you guessed it) Thursday with Tenet (2020) and one other movie from the various ones I’ve seen in the past month.

Lastly, Friday will bring all the premiere dates for imported TV shows.

August didn’t have a huge selection of TV, mind, and TBH, since I’m still not commuting anywhere for work, I still don’t have the time I’d like to watch TV, so I’m drawing the usual line in the sand for shows that started in my absence. But from now on, if it’s new, I’ll try to watch and review it.

TTFN – and happy viewing!


TMINE is now on holiday

It’s that time again. August is nearly upon us – the time when TMINE goes on its usual holidays.

Exact it’s not usual, is it, right now? So I don’t get to go to Greece this year.


However, I am in desperate need of a break so by hook or by crook, I will… have one. It’s going to be a bit of a stacation/domestic tour of the UK for at least the next three weeks, perhaps even longer.

Which means it is business as usual, in that there won’t be any TMINE until the end of August, I suspect. I might do a review or two and I’ll be lurking in the comments sections to chat, but that’s probably it. Given there aren’t going to be that many new shows over August anyway, all I’ll probably end up watching are the regulars, Umbrella Academy and Hornblower anyway.

So enjoy August and TV without me. By the time TMINE comes back, films will have returned to cinemas, TV productions will have restarted, and hopefully we’ll have something like media normality restored.

And I hope you all manage to have holidays yourselves.


Happy 15th birthday to The Medium is Not Enough!

A birthday cake

Crikey, as I always say, shortly after posting an image that was considered high resolution in 2005 – how did that happen?

Time has flown again. The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world on 21 June 2005, which is now a stupefying one and a half decades ago – 15 whole Earth years – primed to make sarcastic comments about UK and foreign TV, mainly from the US, mainly in languages I can speak, with reviews of Prison Break, Supernatural, and Global Frequency.

Jesus. I might actually have been moderately young then. Although the fact I consider that young probably suggests I’m quite old now.

This year in review

This year has been odd, I think it’s fair to say. This isn’t TMINE’s fault. There’s just been this worldwide pandemic. That means that TMINE’s 15th anniversary hasn’t been as glorious as I’d have liked.

It’s fair to say that for the average person, furloughed at home and with nowt to do but watch Netflix and the newly launched Disney+, this time has brought a boom in TV viewing. But for those of us still working but without an hour-long commute in the morning, an hour-long solo lunchbreak and an hour-long commute in the evening – as well as less ironing to do – it’s severely affected our ability to watch TV.

COVID-19 has also affected people’s ability to make TV. That’s meant there’s been less and less TV for TMINE review, with even less in the near future.

Oddly, though, it seems largely to have affected those currently making TV; those who used to make TV but have stopped have ended up making TV again. We’ve had all manner of charity read-throughs from long-dead shows such as Chuck, Community and even The Nanny, as well as new episodes of old shows including 30 Rock (coming soon, folks) and Parks and Recreation.

Still, necessity has been the mother of invention, and many organisations have started the move to online working and events, with the BFI, RTS and BAFTA all shifting to webinars. And TMINE has launched both a new Viral Video category as well as a replacement movie review service – Covideodrome – to cater for the fact the cinemas are all shut, too.

Hopefully, you all still find it useful and entertaining, both new and old features alike.

All the same despite these adjustments, I don’t know about you but I can’t wait until everything’s back to normal.

Thank you!

As always, a great big thank you to all the hardcore regular TMINE commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, Adam Bowie and Craig Grannell. Bless your hearts for sticking with me all this time! Thank yous as well to the commenters on the TMINE Facebook page.

But thank yous as well to anyone who’s left even one comment this year, either here or on Facebook – it’s been great to hear from you!

Same time next year everyone? I say that every year, don’t I? Anyway, there’ll be cake, albeit the same photo of a cake as last year, so bring your friends.


Lockdown Land: Must Watch TV Box Sets (aka ‘TMINE’s gone and done a podcast’)

Jon Tromans of the rather fun podcast Lockdown Land invited me onto his show this week so that I could give him and his listeners some recommendations for streaming service boxsets to watch while we’re all stuck in quarantine.

The categories he gave me were:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Fantasy Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Thriller
  • Scary/Horror
  • Pandemic

Can you guess what shows I opted for? You can find out by going to the podcast’s web page (although there are some surprises that aren’t listed there) or by listening below.

Just a word of warning: my usual inability to remember names struck twice. I actually meant Donald Glover, not Danny Glover, and Homeland not Homecoming. My brain, hey? I think Jon was kind enough to edit out the rest of my mistakes, though…

Getting Started With Yoga At Home Lockdown Land

Are you thinking about starting Yoga? Have you tried it and failed miserably? Help is at hand from Yoga teacher, leadership coach & author Jenny Fenig about having a go at Yoga at home for the first time. Jenny gives us heaps of help and advice on how to start, what to wear and how we can start exploring the exercise and meditation aspects of Yoga. Jenny also has a free template available to help you reclaim your time so we don’t get too stressed with everything up in the air and changing at the moment. If you enjoyed this episode I’d love it if you could share it on social media, it really helps support the podcast. If you really enjoyed this episode you can ‘Buy Me A Coffee’. Making a small one off payment helps to keep the podcasts & the coffee flowing!
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