New to View: July 25 – 31

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

Sunday


 Baptiste SoHo

In S2, retired detective Julien Baptiste investigates Budapest’s corrupt underworld after a British Ambassador’s family vanishes while on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains. Powerful comeback for the sorrowful French detective … Another knotty missing-persons mystery from Harry and Jack Williams.” — The Arts Desk.

Monday


 Unforgotten Vibe, 8.30

“The appeal of Unforgotten is how satisfyingly methodical it is. Created and written by Chris Lang, each season explores one ‘historical’ crime over six episodes, with our beloved detectives doggedly working the case … But what connects these stories even more than the good work done by DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaska) is the format: A body is found from a crime committed long ago, a disparate group of characters are introduced, and slowly all of these pieces come together to form a complete picture of what happened and who’s responsible. It’s compelling, well-plotted television.” — Paste.

➢ Kura TVNZ 2, 10.45

Supersized second season of the web series about life in Papakura for two mates, complete with a new Sopranos credits homage. “I want this to be the new Outrageous Fortune,” co-creator Vince McMillan told Stuff, “the South Auckland version.”

Wednesday


Zomboat! TVNZ OnDemand

“If you’re craving a zombie series that ditches the cynicism and has some good old-fashioned fun with the idea, then allow me to introduce you to Zomboat!, a short, six-episode British comedy with a silly title but a surprisingly clever premise.” — The Guardian.

The Snitch Cartel: Origins Netflix

“If it’s another crime thriller you want, it’s another crime thriller you’ll get with this series about two brothers balancing life as cartel leaders with normal stuff like marriage and family.” — TV Guide.

➢ Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts Disney+

The ABC News co-anchor shares experiences that are both personal and moving, including Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symoné and Josie Totah.

➢ Domina SoHo, 9.30

Broadcast premiere Part four of the Neon series about female empowerment in Ancient Rome. “More Wake Me Up Before You Toga than Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall. It was fun but it felt a minor miracle that everyone involved managed to keep a straight face.” — Daily Telegraph.

Thursday


➢ Flatbush Misdemeanors SoHo, 9.30

“A show that takes on race, gentrification, and a rapidly-changing New York with a laid-back angle of approach; it observes its characters, but doesn’t provoke, instead choosing to wait out situations until they reveal their inherent minor-key looniness. In the tradition of High Maintenance, the show frames outer-borough New York as a sort of oddball purgatory, in which our heroes face no situation that can’t be gotten through with a little ingenuity — or simply waited out until the mood shifts.” — Variety.

➢ Cinema Toast SoHo, 10.00

“Where old movies are reinvented and re-dubbed by your favourite actors … Chaotic, creative, and totally compelling, and it’s made all the more memorable by some truly great voice performances.” — Decider.

Friday


The Pursuit of Love Amazon Prime Video

“Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel is dynamic, vigorous and punky, while remaining mostly true to Mitford’s dark jocularity and suggestion that the upper classes are half mad … Mitford purists may take issue with Mortimer’s contemporary touches and some might say it is often too mannered and arch, making the characters superficial. ButThe Pursuit of Love is glorious.” — The Times.

➢ Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson Apple TV+

Watch the Sound – a six-part series in which Ronson goes full wonk about time-honoured aspects of production – presents a purist’s approach to making music. One takeaway is that so much innovation, so many transcendent moments, were ‘happy accidents’ that would probably not slide in a modern studio. The show’s vision of the future suggests even less room for serendipitous human error.” — The Guardian.

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2 Responses to “New to View: July 25 – 31”

  1. Domina started on SoHo in early July. This week will be episode 4 of the series.

  2. D’oh!!! Thanks for being more vigilant than me, Mike.

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