Nathan Barley

FreeAgent is a Nathan Barley fan

So I was never a great fan of Nathan Barley. Well, to be more accurate, I was a huge fan of Charlie Brooker’s original take on Barley in marvellous Radio Times pastiche TV Go Home, a required web site for anyone interested in TV in the late 90s. As a result, I hated Nathan Barley, which seemed to me to be just a piss-weak sitcom version and the fact both Brooker and Chris Morris were the writers deeply upset me.

Still, the cool kids loved it. Plus good cast who’ve gone on to much bigger things since (most of them, anyway). As has Brooker, of course.

The cool kids apparently still do love it, because I was just testing out FreeAgent, a cloud accountancy service, because that’s the kind of thing we freelances have to do, when look what turned out to be the default details for the free trial account:

Nathan Barley

Yep, Nathan Barley, who was of course a “self facilitating media node“. Kudos for a TV reference, at least.

Plus if you look here, you’ll see Dan Ashcroft gets a namecheck on the company web site, too.


International TV

What have you been watching? Including Jongo, Cobra Kai, Shooter and Condor

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

Gosh. Isn’t a quiet? I can’t remember when a July was this quiet for TV worldwide. I wonder what’s up?

There have been a least a few new shows for me to review in the past week. Elsewhere, I cast my eye over the first episode of What We Do In the Shadows spin-off Wellington Paranormal as well as the whole of Netflix’s first Indian original, Sacred Games.

But given the sparsity of viewing options, I had a look over Amazon to see what I could try to play catch up with. First stop was the second season of You Are Wanted. All was looking good for about a minute before I discovered that despite being an Amazon Original and despite the first season having been available with its original German dialogue, season two is only available dubbed in the UK.

FFS. No, thank you, Amazon.

Or so I thought until 10 seconds ago. Turns out that you have to specifically seek out the separate “English subtitled” version, rather than the normal version in order to get the German dialogue. Seriously, Amazon, could you not just have two audio tracks on your video?

You Are Wanted

I’ll probably watch the proper German one on holiday then.

While I was busily and inaccurately cursing Amazon, though, I did find something else to try, so after the jump, following on from TMINE’s first ever Indian show, I’ll be talking about the first African TV show TMINE’s tackled in rather a long time: Jongo. And on top of that, I finally got round to watching the rest of Cobra Kai.

However, that’s about it. I hope they’re not saving all the new shows for August when TMINE is on its holidays.

Upon which subject, this is going to be the last WHYBW for a good while, since TMINE’s holidays start next week! No reviews, no news, no slightly niche TV observations from next Monday for at least four weeks, I’m afraid. However, I’ll be back from mid-August, so although the Daily News probably won’t be back until September (on the general grounds there usually isn’t much news since everyone’s on holiday) and it’ll take me some time to play catch-up (although, thanks EU!), blogging could resume at any time from that point onwards. So stay tuned. At least from mid-August.

Normally at this point pre-holidays, I’d play my usual July game of “Can I be bothered catching up with this show when I get back?” However, all the usuals are now on the recommended list, so you can probably guess that I will definitely be catching up with Condor, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger and Shooter when I get back. Oh well, so much for that fun. Maybe next year.

Anyway, I’ll be telling you about their latest episodes after the jump, too, so see you in a mo.

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Happy 13th birthday to TMINE!

A birthday cake

Crikey, as I always say. How did that happen?

Time has flown again, since The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world a stupifying 13 years ago, 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.

This year, of course, we’ve had the great big WordPress migration and redesign. Boxset and Movie Mondays have arrived. YouTube Red has started producing watchable TV. And I’ve got a year older. Sigh.

As always, a great big thank you to all the regular commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, bob, Craig Grannell, idleworm, Adam Bowie, Ian Miller and new arrival MasterWitcher088. But thank yous to anyone who’s left even one comment this year – 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, so bring your friends.

Finding Joy

Alfred the Butler origin story; Brexit with Benedict Cumberbatch; STV2 to close; + more

Internet TV

European TV


  • STV to close STV2
  • E4 green lights: series of former boyband star comedy Maxxx, with O-T Fagbenle
  • Channel 4 green lights: series of post-nervous breakdown comedy Happy AF, with Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan…
  • …and data-driven political campaigning thriller Brexit, with Benedict Cumberbatch


New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

Pretty Little Liars - The Perfectionists

Freeform’s upfronts 2018-9 – a rundown and clips from the new shows – Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2018

As Freeform is the network formerly known as ABC Family, naturally enough it has it Upfronts on the same day as ABC’s. However, as usual with the lesser networks, there’s not actually that many new shows. Besties is now on its way but there’s no trailer, so all Freeform really had to show off was Pretty Little Liars spin-off The Perfectionists. Oh, and Freeform Santa.

Honestly, even though it’s got Kelly Rutherford in the cast, I can’t even be bothered with The Perfectionists, as I really am too old for that now, and it’s a really short trailer, anyway, so you’ll have to do your own hot-take.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

The Long Version

The series features the return of fan favourites Sasha Pieterse as Alison and Janel Parrish as Mona. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists stars Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants) as Ava, Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Caitlin, newcomer Eli Brown as Dylan, Graeme Thomas King (The Widow) as Jeremy, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) as Claire, and Hayley Erin (General Hospital) in an undisclosed role.

In Beacon Heights, a seemingly perfect town, a group of three college friends struggle with the stress of being overachievers. In the aftermath of the town’s first murder, each Perfectionist hides behind a secret, a lie and an alibi. The Perfectionists is also based on a popular book series by Sara Shepard. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love) wrote the pilot and serves as an executive producer on the series with Charlie Craig (Pretty Little Liars, The 100), Lisa Cochran-Neilan (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love), Leslie Morgenstein (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The 100, The Originals). The pilot was directed and executive produced by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (Relationship Status). Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is produced by Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media, in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Freeform Santa

Not really a show, but worth watching.