TMINE is now on holiday

It’s that time again. August is nearly upon us, bearing little TV news and few new TV shows – as well as my annual pilgrimage to Greece.

When will I be back? Dunno. This year, though, I suspect I might actually start up again when I get back mid-August, so start looking for new things, perhaps even the news, from around August 19.

I actually have a plan to catch up on a select bunch of shows while I’m away, so brace yourselves for a few Boxsets on my return:

I also plan on resurrecting Nostalgia Corner to take in forgotten 60s CSI precursor Strange Report.

And Netflix and Amazon both have things like The Boys, season 3 of GLOW and season 2 of Mindhunter lined up, so I might just try to take them in, too. And then there’s season 2 of False Flag coming to Fox UK soon.

Of course, all of that’s going to require me to lounge around by the pool a lot and you never know, I might actually do things this holiday, so I’m not guaranteeing any of that. Certainly not with cash. Oh no.

Before then, I’ll also be regularly updating the TMINE Facebook page with breaking news, and tweeting (or more likely retweeting) away on Twitter. And if I spot anything televisual, I’ll bung it up on the TMINE Instagram feed.

Keep ’em peeled, anyway.

Meanwhile, keep chatting here with one another, reviewing shows you’ve seen yourselves and being an excellent to one another.

If you’re going on vacation yourself, I hope you have a great time. See you all refreshed and ready for more TV when I’m back.


Happy 14th 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, since The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world a stupefying 14 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.

Wonder Woman 1984
Bye bye, Diana

This year in review

This year, we’ve had to wave goodbye to Weekly Wonder Woman, on the general grounds that DC doesn’t really seem to like her any more and the comics are all rubbish now. Sigh.

However, we’ve also welcomed Orange Wednesdays/Thursdays for movie reviews – no trademark infringement lawsuits yet, thankfully – and added in coverage of Royal Television Society events. TMINE’s also got itself an Italian TV category, seeing as some of it’s actually quite watchable now.

Thank you!

As always, a great big thank you to all the regular TMINE commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, bob, Craig Grannell, idleworm, Adam Bowie and MasterWitcher088. Bless your hearts!

Thank yous as well to the commenters on the TMINE Facebook page, particularly Rob Kerr, Lee Carter, Craig Grannell, Mark Clapham, Dave Beattie, George Parkes, Jane Parkes, Jason DC Williams, Toby O’Brien and Paul Tricker.

But thank yous 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.

Bron/Broen/The Bridge

The 10 most popular TMINE entries of 2018

As regular readers might imagine, TMINE is something of an acquired taste. After all, I tend to review things from around the world before they air in the UK, so I’m talking about shows that for the most part most readers haven’t actually seen. When they air in the UK, you can of course see what I wrote about them at the time if you’re prepared to search, but that still doesn’t make TMINE’s reviews an essential daily read – except for the most highly refined, Galaxy Brained individuals, of course.

Still, there’s the catchy idea of “the long tail” and I guess if any TV blog is a long tail TV blog, it’s TMINE. So it’s always interesting for me to see at the end of the year what have been the most popular posts over the year – inevitably they’ve been from previous years but not always.

Now, I can’t tell you why they are the most popular, but we can all hazard guesses. So here, for your delectation, is 2019’s first problem-solving conundrum: why on Earth were these the most popular TMINE posts of 2018?

  1. So what do they speak on The Bridge? Swedish or Danish?
  2. Review: Babylon Berlin 1×1-1×2 (Germany: Sky1; UK: Sky Atlantic)
  3. Weekly Wonder Woman: Superman/Wonder Woman #12, Sensation Comics #9
  4. Third-episode verdict: Absentia (AXN)
  5. Review: Burden of Truth 1×1 (Canada: CBC)
  6. Review: Ghost Wars 1×1 (US: Syfy; UK: Netflix)
  7. Review: Deep State 1×1 (UK: Fox UK)
  8. Review: Stargate Origins 1×1-1×3 (Stargate Command)
  9. Review: The New Legends of Monkey (season 1) (Australia: ABC Me; UK: Netflix)
  10. Review: Frankie Drake Mysteries 1×1 (Canada: CBC; UK: Alibi)
The Island

Happy New Year from TMINE

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the far-flung sci-fi future of 2019.

The Running Man

Blade Runner
Blade Runner


The Island
The Island

How are you enjoying it so far? Been cloned and harvested its organs to cure any of your diseases yet? Or maybe you’re being asked to pass the Voight-Kampff by your HR department even as we speak.

Anyway, whatever you’re doing, TMINE’s back, you’ll be excited to hear! As usual, it’s a phased return to work for TMINE. This afternoon will bring some new Airdates, while The Daily News will be back on Monday, although the TMINE Facebook page has been featuring the highlights over the break. I’ll hopefully be revealing the latest BFI and BAFTA events this afternoon, too, although that might be a staggered return.

When it comes to reviews, WHYBW will be back to its usual Wednesday slot next week. There have been a few new shows over the Christmas break, so I’ll hopefully be doing a Boxset Monday featuring either season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways or Stan (Australia)’s Bloom. I’ll also be previewing Syfy (US)’s Deadly Class, but I’ll probably be skipping The Fosters spin-off Good Trouble, on the general grounds I didn’t watch The Fosters – but you never know.

However, after a bit of Christmas soul-searching, I’ve decided to put Weekly Wonder Woman on permanent hiatus until the comics get good again – soz, Diana fans, but it’s a lot of effort for a lot of mediocre stuff at the moment, despite the return of both Aphrodite and Ares in the latest issues. What to do on Thursdays instead, though? Hmm. I’ll have to have a think about that.

That’s it for now and who knows what other goodies I might bring you, too. Everyone get good pressies?

Happy on Syfy

It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for: it’s the TMINE Top N programmes of 2018!

As usual at this time of year, TMINE is busily packing its bags to get ready for its annual Christmas break. We’re not there yet, though, as everything will continue until Friday. 

But barring minor miracles, unless it turns out Chicago ILLDogs of Berlin or Tideland have been cruelly overlooked, there’ll be no shows that are both new and excellent for me to review this year, which means I can at last unveil this year’s TMINE’s Top N programmes, where N is a positive integer that I’ve more or less picked at random each year. This year, N=14, you’ll be excited to hear. Can you guess what they are?

There’s certainly been some interesting new arrivals, whose presence in the Top N you’ll probably have been able to predict in advance – I’ve certainly dropped a few hints throughout the year. But there’s a few surprises in there, I think.

As always, a caveat: I’ve not watched every TV programme broadcast or acquired in the UK this year and I barely watched any live TV, so there are almost certainly some good shows that that I’ve left off the list. There’s also a show or two that got made ages ago but which never made it to the UK or my viewing queue until this year, so it’s entirely possible some quite oldies have made it onto the 2018 list. And, of course, there are a few shows that started well but I’ve not finished yet, so aren’t eligible for the list (honourable mention to the likes of Plan Cœur, for example)

So best not to think of this as the definitive “Best new TV shows from around the world of 2018″, so much as just the top “TMINE would recommend to a friend shows of the ones I’ve watched in 2018”.

As always, too, feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments, on your own blog or on the TMINE Facebook page. Just for reference, here are previous years’ Top Ns:

And now, to the top N…

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