Nightwatch Nation (A&E)

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Nightwatch Nation (A&E) – Premieres 16th August

Following hot on the heels of Nightwatch Presents: First Responders, this is another Nightwatch spinoff which is more in keeping with the original.

The show follows various teams of paramedics over four US cities, as they work the 8pm to 4am night shift. In it, each call out has the specific team get a message from dispatch, where as they head to the incident they prepare themselves on what they could be facing. Then documents them as they make sense of the situation and treat the people involved.

Along with seeing the paramedics doing their job, it shows the teams between calls, as they chat about how they got into the job, and occasionally making light of some minor responses they head to. And by the end of the show it wraps everything up by giving an update on some of the people they’ve helped.

The show is more paramedic focused version of the original. And with the amount of teams it follows, the programme goes along at a decent pace and never begins to drag. If you enjoyed Nightwatch then this is more of the same.

3.4/10

 

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Raising Tourettes (A&E)

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Raising Tourettes (A&E) – Premieres 15th August

A documentary that follows five children & teenagers who have Tourette Syndrome as the go about their daily business.

During the programme the kids in question are going through some new experiences, all of which can intensify their Tourette’s. And as well as documenting them as they deal with the new situations they are preparing for, the programme interviews them and their family as they discuss how the syndrome effects them. During the interviews they also explain the measures they have in place to help control their outbursts and how they explain their Tourettes to strangers to get them acclimatised to their condition.

For a documentary it does pretty much what you’d expect, and plods along at a steady pace. Though it never really comes across as something you’d actively seek out. It does have a This Is High School vibe to it all, so if you enjoyed that this would probably be of interest.

4.1/10

Nightwatch Presents: First Responders (A&E)

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A spinoff from Nightwatch, this has the two EMS workers Dan Flynn and Titus Tero who appeared on it hosting. In the programme the pair head off around the country, visiting other emergency groups, where they learn what they do.

After the duo meet up with the group, they have a chat with a couple of the workers who explain their usual call outs, and what they do. From there Dan and Titus join them as they go through a couple of training procedures, as the pair get a first hand look on what they do. And then when all is done, talk about what they’ve taken from the experience.

While the show goes along at a decent pace and never gets to the point to where it begins to drag. It still doesn’t have much about it that makes you want to keep watching.

2.9/10

Live PD Presents: PD Cam (A&E)

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Live PD Presents: PD Cam (A&E) – Premieres 19th July

Another spinoff to Live PD, this goes in a different direction to Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol, where it focuses on incidents that were filmed on police body cams and onboard cameras.

It’s a 20 minute programme, hosted by a policeman, and covers 5 different incidents that range from car chases to shootouts. In each story the host narrates what is happening, as it goes through when the police first arrived, then shows how everything played out. Where the end of the footage it gives an update to what happened to the person arrested, with it revealing the sentences they got.

The show is like a US equivalent to Police, Camera, Action, where each segment goes goes by at a decent pop. But while it doesn’t ever drag, there’s nothing there which would make you want to keep watching.

2.5/10

Born Behind Bars (A&E)

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Born Behind Bars (A&E) – Premieres 10th July

Continuing the A&E trend of prison based docu-series’, this looks at the Wee Ones programme being run in a maximum security Woman’s prison in Indiana. Where a small selection of imprisoned mothers, who have under a certain amount of time left on their sentence, are allowed to be with their young children in a special block to raise them.

While the women live in the block they are closely monitored, where if they are found to have broken any of the rules are written up. Which could lead to them having their child removed, and being placed back into general population.

The show follows the inmates and guards as they go about their daily business, where the women prisoners personalities start to clash, a couple of them have issues with the guards. And the guards themselves are there diffusing any situations and vetting any of the new incoming inmates.

For what it is the programme is a slow paced affair, where it lacks the instant interest of something like Behind Bars: Rookie Year. Mainly because the inmates can only really get up to, and do, so much. Which ends up making it a bit of a grind to sit through.

2.3/10

Cultureshock (A&E)

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Cultureshock (A&E) – Premieres 25th June

A docu-series that looks at pivotal moments in popular culture that had a lasting effect on media coverage and how it changed the medium.

The documentary begins giving a brief overview of it’s central topic, before going through the timeline of what occurred. As it plays out, the documentary interviews those involved with the event. And also talks the people who noticed how certain things were changing within the media, and the offshoots that it created. Along with the interviews the show features news footage and clips created from the fallout.

As documentaries go this does what you’d expect, though never really feels that it’s getting beyond from scratching the surface. So if you already know about the topic it’s covering this is not gonna reveal anything new.

3.9/10

Gotti: Godfather And Son (A&E)

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Gotti: Godfather And Son (A&E) – Premieres 9th June – Miniseries

A two part documentary that looks at the life of former mob boss John Gotti, and how it effected and influenced his son John Gotti Jr.

The programme interviews John Gotti Jr as he talks about his fathers life. Where along with showing news clips, what appears to be surveillance footage, and family photos and film. Explains what Gotti was like in private and how he climbed the ranks in the Mafia.

Along with Gotti Jr, the documentary also interviews his brother and sister about life in the family, and his fathers old defence lawyer. As well as members of law enforcement who worked on the cases put together to arrest both Gotti and his son, and how they evaded being convicted on multiple attempts.

As a crime documentary it does exactly what you expect, but with the weird quirks of how they managed to evade capture it makes a more interesting watch than expected. And for some that is an hour and a half long it keeps your attention throughout making it worth a view.

6.2/10