The Putin Interviews (Showtime)

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The Putin Interviews (Showtime) – Premieres 12th June – Miniseries

Made up from 12 interviews taken over a two year period, Oliver Stone talks to Vladimir Putin where they cover, amongst others, his assent to leadership, Americas foreign policies, Russias recent history of civil unrest and the growth of Al-Qeada.

Before each main change in the conversation news footage is used to set the scene of the topic they’re about to delve into. Then Stone asks questions and Putin offers the most diplomatic of responses.

It’s a interesting bit of TV.

6.3/10

Terror (Viceland)

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Terror (Viceland) – Starts 1st October

A standard Viceland docu-series offering, which looks into the different islamic terrorist groups, where they show how they came into existence, why they’re doing what they’re doing, and looks at how they’ve changed their approach of the years.

Hosted by Vice founder Suroosh Alvi, he travels to the country of the groups origin, where he interviews locals to find out how their world view has been been altered by the War on Terror, and talks to a couple of folks within the groups to explain what drives them.

The show feels like an extended episode of Vice, and does exactly what you’d expect. Though with the extended run time it doesn’t feel like you learn any more than from a 15 or 30 minute Vice segment.

4.7/10

The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central)

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The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central) – Premieres 6th June

A weekly topical comedy show that is similar to Last Week Tonight and to a lesser extent Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Jim Jefferies covers the recent news events.

The show is split into three segments, in the first part Jim does a brief round up of the weeks news, which has a Daily Show light feel to it, and is the weakest part of the programme. After that there’s a video segment where Jim Visits a country to to interview folk about a regional custom that can be seen as offensive. Then the show is finished off with Jim tackling a subject and offering up his theory on how the problems could be resolved.

It’s a solid bit of current affair based comedy that’s well worth a watch.

5.9/10

American Race (TNT)

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American Race (TNT) – Premieres 11th May

Docu-series where Charles Barkley goes across the the US to find out how the current race issues are effecting folk in the country. In it Barkley heads of to a city that has recent problems, where he talks to people that were involved in either documenting or participated in events and getting them to explain the causes of the problems, and how they believe they could be resolved.

Along with conversing directly to a select few individuals, Charles attempts to get a dialogue going with the two parties involved with mixed results. For a docu-series it’s similar to United Shades Of America, but with approached from a more serious angle.

It’s a decent bit of viewing.

6.0/10

The Business Of Life (Viceland)

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The Business Of Life (Viceland) – Premieres 23rd April

Financial talk show where the host Mona Chalabi and a panel of guests talk about an issue of the week and the monetary effects it causes.

In the show they break down the topic by showing how it effects someone by breaking down the various financial expenditures required while giving advice on how to prepare for it. The panel also answer questions from the studio audience where they give out more focused money saving tips, as well as showing financial breakdowns with a plethora of infographics.

For a financial based talk show it does everything you’d expect.

2.5/10

Problematic With Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central)

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Problematic With Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central) – Premieres 18th April

Comedy current affairs talk show along similar lines to Black & White, where Moshe after breaking down the topic of episode has a chat with a panel of celebrity guests to gauge their opinions.

Along with the talk show element questions are fielded from the audience and a couple of interviews and skits are shown. Though with the subject matter and the guests involved it comes over a something that’s preaching to the converted, and at times comes over as a bit smug.

2.3/10

Parched (Nat Geo)

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Parched (Nat Geo) – Premieres 21st March

A documentary miniseries by Alex Gibney that looks into the water crisis suffered by various areas of the US. In it they interview the people effected by various water problems, and look int how the crisis was caused and the factor that lead up to the situation starting.

Along with talking to the effected, they also interviews experts who have followed the subject and some of the people involved in either reporting on, or working within the organisations that that were at the centre of the problem.

It’s an interesting documentary that covers a fair amount of detail. Well worth a watch.

6.4/10