A couple of unusual new shows to think about this week, both starting tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
First up, cross-border curio Crossing Lines which has already aired two seasons on various platforms in various countries but finally makes its way onto UK tv screens (as opposed to online streaming) for the first time at 9pm on Alibi. Starring William Fichtner and, of all people, Donald Sutherland, it follows a (fictional) specialist police unit drawn from all over the world, attached to the International Criminal Court, and investigating crimes all over Europe. It all sounds a bit cheesy to me, but it’s been renewed for a third season and does seem to have a very impressive list of guest stars popping in, so it might be worth a look, especially if you fancy combining your procedural-watching with potential holiday destination-browsing.
Hot on the global detectives’ heels, meanwhile, brand new Lifetime US dramedy UnREAL starts its UK run at 10pm on Lifetime UK, a few weeks after it began airing in the States. Lifetime shows don’t tend to inspire much enthusiasm amongst critics (or me, tbh), but UnREAL, set behind the scenes of an outrageous tv dating show, seems a little different, having bucked the trend with lots of stellar reviews from somewhat surprised pundits. I do like a bit of telly about telly, so I’ll be giving it a go and reviewing at least the first episode. I’ll let you know how I get on….