This Close (Sundance TV)


This Close (Sundance TV) – Premieres 14th February  – Renewed

A comedy drama that follows two deaf friends Mathew and Kate. The first ep has the pair meeting up to go to a book signing in Seattle for Mathews new graphic novel. Where Mathew has no urge to go due to him recently splitting with his fiancé, while Kate is hesitant in revealing that she has just got engaged herself.

After finding her engagement ring in the hotel Mathew ends up leaving the book signing early to head off to a gay club, then ending up getting kicked off the flight home for being drunk. Then when the pair are in holding they have a laugh over the shambolicness of the proposal Kate went through and every ends up sort of good.

As comedy dramas go it’s not too bad, where the jokes mostly focus on the awkward nature of able hearing folk interacting with them in certain situations. While it’s slow going, it’s an easy bit of viewing.



Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (Sundance TV)


Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (Sundance TV) – Premieres 18th November – Miniseries

True crime documentary that covers the 1959 murder of the Clutter family. In the doc it uses archive news footage, along with statements and recorded interviews of the police that covered the case. As well as having current day interviews with friends, family and the living relatives of the police members.

As it covers the events leading up to the incident and the fallout after the bodies were discovered, the doc begins to slowly bring in statements from the two men who performed the murder. Where it starts to reveal what they were doing before and after the event.

The opening ep is a slow burner, but like how Badlands Texas slowly introduced murder narrative, the gradual introduction of the killers perspective it begins to add a level of intrigue to watch the next one.


Cleverman (SundanceTV)


Cleverman (SundanceTV) – Starts 1st June – Renewed

Set in Australia in the near future a race of aboriginals called hairypeople, hidden from civilisation for 60,000 years, reveal themselves to the masses. In the city they are rounded up and placed into an overcrowded camp called The Zone, while the government decide on the future of the hairies.

The show follows two brothers Wahuu and Koen, Wahuu who is trying to get the public acceptance of the Hairies and to reveal the conditions of the people living in the Zone. While Koen runs a bar in the city, who occasionally smuggles hairies into safe houses so he can tell the authorities of their whereabouts to claim the reward.

Meanwhile their uncle Jimmy has been working with a shady organisation who have been running tests on his blood due to him being a Cleverman, an ability where he has Wolverine-esque regenerative abilities, can see into peoples futures and telepathically link up to certain folk. When he decides that he’s had enough he picks one of his nephews to become the next Cleverman and then summons an a mysterious hell beast to finish himself off.

While it takes some time to get going and to set up the premise, its interesting enough to check out a few more eps.


Hap and Leonard (SundanceTV)


Hap and Leonard (SundanceTV) – Starts 2nd March – Renewed

Set in the 80’s Hap and Leonard are two friends that are down on their luck and freshly out of work, they get an offer from Haps ex-wife to help with the salvaging of $1million that’s at the bottom of a river as a result from a botched bank robbery escape from the police in the 60’s.

In return for their help they’ll pick up $100k each though with it they have to work with a group of hapless environmentalists who have attracted the attention of a group of psychotic criminals.

Even for a Sundance show, the opening ep is very slow going and only really picks up during the last 15 minutes. Though it’s an easy enough watch.


Deutschland 83 (Sundance TV)


Deutschland 83 (Sundance TV) – Starts 17th June – Renewed

Set in 1980’s Germany an East German soldier is forced into becoming a spy in the west by his aunt who works for the Stasi, who offers medical assistance for his cancer stricken mother as reward for his services.

Whilst in West Germany he trained in the arts of espionage and is placed within a military complex to gather information on the other sides tactical information and nuclear weaponry.

Reminiscent of The Americans.