New to View: January 3 – 9

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online


Yellowstone Neon

Kevin Costner ranching drama that left most city-slicker critics unimpressed but rounded up enough viewers to become one of the most popular dramas on US TV. Seasons 1-3 of this Taylor (Hell and High Water) Sheridan-scripted hit land at once, a week ahead of S1’s SoHo debut. “Fiercely engrossing … a bloody and paranoid parable of anti-modernism.” — Reason.


Black Narcissus SoHo, 9.30

“Here’s something to blow away the Christmas bloat: two sexually frustrated nuns bitching at each other in a remote, eerie house in the Himalayas that doesn’t even have a properly flushing khazi. There, Tier 4 doesn’t seem quite so bad now, does it?” — The Times.

The World’s Greatest Paintings Sky Arts, 8.30

The stories behind ten of the greatest paintings, courtesy of Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, JMW Turner, Claude Monet, John Constable, Diego Velazquez, Rembrandt van Rijn, John Everett Millais, and Sandro Botticelli. “Andrew Marr’s art show is a lot of fun, although engulfed in almost overwhelming banality and cliché.” — The Arts Desk.

Care Acorn TV

Sheridan Smith plays a struggling solo mum who suddenly has to become her own mother’s caregiver after she suffers a stroke. Alison Steadman co-stars in another masterful Jimmy McGovern drama. “It is a spare, tight, moving piece of drama that should force us all to care – about who will look after us in our old age, who will look after them and who will fund it all.” — The Guardian.

Summer of Sport Neon

A showcase for local and international documentaries and lifestyle series. They range from Unbreakable and JK’s Japan to Keeping the FaithUnderarm and HBO’s The Shop, in which LeBron James, Maverick Carter and guests like Snoop Dogg and Odell Beckham sit down in a barber shop to speak candidly on sports, music and culture.


 The Secret Teacher TVNZ 1, 10.55

Four successful business owners, all of whom struggled at school, go undercover at Haileybury Turnford School in Cheshunt, Herts to give failing students a helping hand. “The series puts a spotlight on the increasing challenges faced by the education system. As a result of the growing funding crisis in UK, schools like Haileybury Turnford are under unmanageable pressure, with class sizes increasing, staff numbers falling, and budgets stretched to the point where the worst hit schools can’t afford even basic equipment.” — Channel 4.

History of Swear Words Netflix

“An education in expletives: the history lesson you didn’t know you needed. History of Swear Words, hosted by Nicolas Cage, is a loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words.” — Netflix.


➢ Pangolins – World’s Most Wanted Animal BBC Earth, 8.30

“Can a Chinese pop star and David Attenborough help to save the world’s most trafficked animal? A new BBC2 documentary sheds light on the endangered pangolin.” — Radio Times.


Dr Love’s Guide to Shortland Street TVNZ 2, 7.30

Original cast member Michael Galvin hits the road to share fans’ love of the hospital soap in which his character, Chris Warner, has clocked up more than 20 romances. It’s the curtain raiser to Shortland Street’s return on January 11.


➢ Us TVNZ 1, 7.35

A husband-and-wife on the verge of divorce go on a grand tour of Europe with their estranged son. Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves star in part one of two. ‘”The series charms with its European voyage through love, loss and parenthood.” — Culture Whisper.

➢ The Comey Rule SoHo, 8.30

Belated linear premiere of the miniseries that dramatises the conflict between President Trump and FBI boss James Comey. “Despite some impressive performances, The Comey Rule‘s chaotic approach to current events clarifies very little, further obscuring the facts of already confusing circumstances without adding much insight.” — Rotten Tomatoes.

➢ Lupin Netflix

“A man seeking revenge for the death of his father attempts a risky museum heist … The series is a contemporary reimagining of a classic character in French detective fiction, Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise who was essentially the French equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. Suave, stylish, and sophisticated.” — Ars Technica.

➢ Dickinson Apple TV+

“The inventive comedy about the life of Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) … returns with three new episodes. The rest of the season will premiere weekly on Fridays … Dickinson became the first Apple TV+ production to receive a season 3 renewal.” — Elle.

➢ The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo TVNZ OnDemand

Sesame Street’s Elmo gets his own talk show on HBO Max. “The meta, inside-baseball side of The Not-Too-Late Show is funny, smart and packed with likable gags and puns and general silliness … No, The Not-Too-Late Show didn’t make me love Elmo, but I dug its for-all-ages hijinks much more than I expected to.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

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14 Responses to “New to View: January 3 – 9”

  1. Thank you Philip for the dedication you put into this website. Your knowledge, insight and enthusiasm is outstanding. Happy new year.

  2. Thanks, Jon. Your generous comments are much appreciated. I will be relaunching the site with a new look and expanded content within the next few weeks. ?

  3. Absolutely agree, really enjoy reading it and commenting.

  4. I been wondering what is happening with that website redesign that you claimed it was coming in 2020! Its been badly needed for “decades” now!

  5. Cheers, Clint. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Keep it up!

  6. Fair comment, Fsmith, but even ScreenScribe hasn’t been Covid-free. My New York-based designer has been afflicted which, along with other complications that 2020 wrought, has delayed his ability to execute the redesign as speedily as he’d hoped. Now I have to get to grips with the new look that he’s heroically achieved against all odds on a risible budget.

  7. Thanks for all your work with the site from me too Phil, always enjoy reading! Look forward to seeing the redesign. PS: Do you think you might start an opinion section? Your thoughts on the election night coverage for eg was just so spot on.

  8. Thanks for the feedback, Kevin. Time permitting, more commentary is on the cards. But one of the reasons I set up ScreenScribe was to provide no-frills information that couldn’t be accessed elsewhere. I wanted it to be analytical rather than opinionated. So the emphasis will always be on news rather than views but the new format will allow more scope for my two cents’ worth.

  9. I agree, thanks for all the work you do Philip. Your site is one of best things about having the Internet. Not long now until Star is on Disney+. Can’t wait to see what’s included :)

  10. Cheers, Trevor. As my most frequent commenter, that means a lot.

  11. Many thanx Philip for all your efforts in 2020. Here’s to a better 2021.

  12. Thanks, Paul W. Fingers crossed …

  13. Happy New Year Philip, thank you for always answering my/our queries. Very excited for the redesign and all the best for 2021.

  14. Thanks, Leo. Compliments of the season to you, too. It’s always a pleasure to try to answer your queries, especially when they provide great leads!

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