New to View: July 12 – 18

MONDAY

Unforgotten (S3) | Vibe, 8.30

Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me) reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan to investigate a close-knit group of old school friends — Alex Jennings (Victoria), Kevin R McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean), Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley) — when the body of a teenage girl missing since the turn of the millennium is unearthed near a motorway. “Unforgotten is – once again – superb. Clever, without being clever-clever; big-on character without trying to be all bleak and Scandi. It is beautifully crafted and performed; tight, gripping, but also moving and so very human.” — The Guardian.

London Kills(S2) | BBC UKTV, 9.30

“There’s still no clue about what happened to detective inspector Bradford’s missing wife, who may have been murdered. Wouldn’t that be ironic, given that he heads the murder squad? This mystery forms the long story arc across the second series of London Kills, while every episode also has his team sewing up a separate case. Investigating and solving a crime in 45 minutes each time compresses narratives to the point of absurdity, while the missing wife plot proceeds with all the excitement of watching an ice cube melt.” — Financial Times.

High Fidelity | Neon

“A gender-swapped version of the 2000 movie of the same name, High Fidelity chronicles the heartbreaks of Brooklyn record store owner Rob (Zoe Kravitz) … Minor flaws are easy to overlook, because it’s so much fun to watch these authentic-feeling characters spar, and hang out, and alternately offer support and mockery. High Fidelity is a delight that viewers will want to play on repeat.” — Common Sense Media.

WEDNESDAY

The Durrells (S4) | Vibe, 7.30

The Durrellsis back for a fourth and final series of innocent jingoism, Thirties nostalgia and escapist larks in the Ionian sun … Expertly packaged, it manages to yoke yearning romance to capering slapstick while folding in big thoughts about fascism and even female emancipation.” — The Telegraph.

Florida: America’s Animal Paradise | BBC Earth, 9.35

“Documentary exploring the wildlife of the US state, including footage of manatees, baby alligators and miniature deer living in Florida’s pine forests, coral reefs and famous Everglades wetlands. The programme considers the dangers facing the animal population, including natural disasters like wildfires, flooding and hurricanes, as well as the pressure of a growing human presence in their territory.” — BBC.

THURSDAY

A Gathering Storm | National Geographic, 7.30

“A major global series forming a unique view on the planet’s fiercest storms, through the experience of people who work at sea inside the major hurricane zones of the world … To explain what lies behind the unpredictability and danger unfolding on the ocean’s surface, these first-hand stories combine with scientific insight, analysis and satellite mapping.” — National Geographic.

FRIDAY

Mystery 101 | Vibe, 7.30

Murder She Rewrote? New whodunit starring Jill Wagner stars as a professor of English literature who solves crimes with the help of a big city cop out of his depth in a small Pacific Northwest town (Backstrom’s Kristoffer Polaha). Familiar but fun.

Cursed | Netflix

Part one of 10. “A radical reimagining of the Arthurian legends — adapted by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler from their illustrated novel — puts a new slant on the story by telling it from the perspective of a young woman who will one day become the tragic Lady of the Lake.” — TV Times.

SATURDAY

➢ The $50M Art Swindle | Sky Arts, 8.00

“In Vanessa Engle’s astonishing film about Michel Cohen, who had swindled the art world out of some $55m by the time he finally went on the run, his victims speak with eloquence of his plausibility, their cheeks only really reddening when it comes to the moment when they must admit that, yes, their multi-million dollar invoices were left unpaid. As you listen, you can’t help but queasily sympathise, even as you wonder at their credulity.” — New Statesman.

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One Response to “New to View: July 12 – 18”

  1. At the moment on Neon I’m watching season 4 of Supergirl, I cannot recommend it highly enough, it’s definitely one of the best 🙂

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