Insomnia (Starz)


Insomnia (Starz) – Premieres 26th April

Set in Russia, this is a drama where 20 people have been kidnapped from around the world and have been put into an illegal game where they have to fight for their lives.

After being injected with a serum and having a camera and comm link injected in their eye and ear. The 20 find themselves in an arena where they are told that the last person to survive will receive $10 million, a new identity and the antidote for the drug they were injected with. The drug itself kills the person if they fall asleep during the event, where they have initial access to a gun with one bullet and a car.

While the deathmatch is going on through the streets of Moscow. The wife of a millionaire who died on a plane crash on his way to Russia, is made aware an invitation to a gathering he was going to attend. After making the decision to attend the event, she arrives at the soiree to find out it is private club running a book and watching the live stream of the survival event.

The show is like a budget version of Battle Royale. And while the premise should be interesting there’s not much about that grabs your attention. With the programme having the appearance of a pilot that was funded on Kickstarter along some shoddy dialogue, it’s all pretty forgettable.



Warriors of Liberty City (Starz)


Warriors of Liberty City (Starz) – Premieres 16th September

A documentary that follows the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football programme that as well as producing NFL players, is primarily there to give the youngsters something to do in a place that has constant street violence.

The programme talks to and follows some of the players and members of the coaching staff, where it shows how and why the team was formed, how it’s increased to incorporate other sports and is also a place that offers additional educational help to the kids. It then looks into the lives of the those in the teams and why it beneficial to them, along with highlighting the problems that go on in the area.

While there are a couple of similarities to Coach Snoop, mainly with the personal lives of the kids that play. This one is more focused on how the club is beneficial to the community, and the problems that the area it’s in creates. It is an interesting watch, but does drag in places. That said it’s worth checking out.


America To Me (Starz)


America To Me (Starz) – Premieres 26th August

A documentary that follows the students of the Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of a year, after the school gained national attention for the black lives matter assembly for selected students.

During the episode the programme follows a few of the students as they go about their school days where they talk about how there is a bias based on ethnicity. As well as the programme talking to their parents about they concerns of the education system and showing the difficulties occurring within the school board.

It’s a slow burner of a documentary, that never seems to really get going. And ends up being more like a version of This Is High School but with more of a focus on the race issues that happen in US schools.


Wrong Man (Starz)


Wrong Man (Starz) – Premieres 3rd June

A docu-series from John Berlinger, the man behind documentaries Paradise Lost, Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio and Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders. This is a programme that’s more in the mould of Paradise Lost, where a team of detectives, researchers and legal bods work on a case where an inmate is believed to be wrongfully imprisoned.

After finding out about the case they are about to work on, the show goes over the case that let to the person being found guilty of murder, and the sequence of events that led up to it. From the the team then begin interviewing family, witnesses and member of law enforcement about the case. As well as going over the evidence and theories used in the trial to see if there are any discrepancies, or things missed that could effect the case.

With the show following investigators trying to prove the innocence of the imprisoned, the programme share a few similarities to Unlocking The Truth, Though with the case they are looking into going over more than one episode, the slow reveals of new information to help the case makes it a decent enough watch.


Sweetbitter (Starz)


Sweetbitter (Starz) – Premieres 6th May – Renewed

Centred on Tess a 22 year old who, with no plan, has recently moved to New York where she gets a trial job as a waitress at a renowned fine dining restaurant.

In the drama it follows her as she learns the ropes and finds out that the staff treat the place as an extended family. Where she has to prove her worth to gain their trust and to get the role permanently.

As Tess learns her job on the fly, she meets the rest of the staff that includes Simone, who heads the wait staff and takes Tess under her wing imparting nuggets of wisdom, the offish kitchen staff and the rest of the wait team that keep Tess at arms length.

For an opening episode not much really happens apart from generating a pretentious atmosphere. Added with the fact that virtually all the characters come across uninteresting and unlikeable, it makes the whole thing a slog to sit through.


Vida (Starz)


Vida (Starz) – Premieres 6th May – Renewed

A drama that’s centred on Emma and Lyn, two Mexican-American sisters who have drifted apart and are brought back to their old family home after their mothers death.

When they get back for the funeral the sisters discover that they have been left the bar their mother owned which they now have a joint share in it along with their mothers roommate Eddy. Who they soon discover was her lesbian partner that she never told them about.

As they come to terms with finding out about their mums secret life, Emma puts forward the plan to sell the bar so she can get back to her life in Chicago. But when they pair reveal their plan Eddy refuses leaving them at an impasse.

As dramas go this one plods along at very slow pace, and never really seems to get going within the first episode. Though while there are worse things you could spend your time watching, due to the pacing this is something where you’d have to be in a specific mood to sit down watch. 


Counterpart (Starz)


Counterpart (Starz) – Premieres 21st January – Renewed

A sci-fi thriller where after working in a lowly role for a UN agency for 29 years, Howard Silk is called into a clandestine meeting when a defector from the other side requests him to attend.

Howard then discovers the defector an alternate version of himself, and the other side they have been gathering information on is a parallel dimension. in the meeting the defector Howard reveals that an agent has been sent over to with a kill list, and he needs to assume the other Howards identity as cover to stop them.

For a plot that could have been confusing to follow, it’s easy to get to grips with, while never getting in the way of the story. For an opening episode it’s probably the best one since Mr Robot.