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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
ABW TV Guide: All the new & returning TV to watch this weekend (10-12 Jan 2020)
This weekly guide is compiled every darn week by Dan Barrett
It’s an interesting week for TV with lots of new shows that have clear connections for existing fans of actors and shows. RuPaul fans will be drawn to new Netflix comedy AJ and The Queen. David Tenant fans will want to check out the new UK murder mystery Deadwater Fell. Fans of CBS procedural FBI will likely check out it’s spin-off FBI: Most Wanted. And then there’s the spin-off from the weirdo Adult Swim comedy Children’s Hospital - Medical Police.
For Australian viewers, might I just give a quick recommendation for a US drama that is currently streaming at SBS On Demand: American Soul. It’s a biopic drama that debuted to very little attention in mid 2019 in the US on the BET channel. The show is a look behind the scenes at the creation and production of the seminal African American music show Soul Train. The drama is a little light on and I think the audio mix on the music doesn’t pop as much as it should. But the show is worth a look. The first two episodes will leave SBS On Demand late next week, so check it out ASAP. It is streaming HERE.
There’s also a slew of returning favourites this week. Might I draw your attention to the second series return of The Young Pope. It’s technically a new series that follows on, with this one titled The New Pope. It stars John Malkovich as the new guy.
Call The Midwife (s9), Father Brown (s8), Infinity Train (s2), Coroner (s2), Silent Witness (s23), Holby City (s22), Infinity Train (s2), Manifest (s2), Schitt’s Creek (s6), Kim’s Convenience (s4), Burden of Truth (s3), Criminal Minds (s15), Death in Paradise (s9), Sick of It (s2), The Young Pope (s2)
Two American physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, discover a civilization-threatening virus and are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.
A whip-smart computer coder begins to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
Spy drama set in the social and political chaos of 1968, inspired by a true story. Pursued into Canada by the FBI, the matriarch of an American activist family helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border. What she doesn't know is that one of the deserters is an agent of the CIA sent to spy on her.
Set in the fictional Scottish town of Kirkdarroch, Deadwater Fell follows the story of two families in the aftermath of an unthinkable crime. When a seemingly perfect and happy family is cuddled by someone they know and trust, cracks appear on the surface of a supposedly idyllic community.