UK fans of Chicago’s fictional emergency services rejoice! Friday night is now wall-to-wall earnest, shouty, sanctimonious yet glamorous people engaging in regular feats of heroism in between looking pained over their complicated personal lives night on Sky Witness, with new seasons of Chicago Med (moving over from the Universal channel), Chicago Fire and Chicago PD starting tonight at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm respectively. If you’ve watched any of these shows before, you know what to expect, and if you haven’t, welcome to the Dick Wolf Chicago televisual universe! Or not. Nobody is saying it’s essential viewing. The only one I watch (and yell at) regularly is Med, but even I couldn’t recommend it as actually being any good. I tried Fire once at the start and I thought it was the pits, but it’s extremely popular, so maybe it improved. And I’ve only ever seen a couple of minutes of PD at a time, but it seemed… no fun. Maybe it was having a bad day. Or maybe I was. If you like any or indeed all of the three, you’re far from alone. Enjoy.
If you’re looking for some decidedly lighter, sunnier, significantly less fraught tv, however, unpopcult’s latest obsession The Mallorca Files is just the ticket. After a successful, but very speedy, daytime/iPlayer showing at the tail end of 2019, season 1 is getting a more relaxed (as befits the show’s leisurely vibe), weekly, Saturday tea-time outing for the new year, starting tomorrow at 5.30pm. All the episodes are still on iPlayer if you want to binge, though – and you may well want to binge. I cannot overstate just how much Jed and I love this show, but I also need to make absolutely clear that if you’re looking for hard-hitting realism, you’re not going to find it pottering around Mallorca with Detectives Blake and Winter. What you will find, though, is an abundance of charm, cheer and shipping opportunities, which, frankly, suits me down to the ground. Begone, January blues!