Slutever (Viceland)

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Slutever (Viceland) – Premieres 24th January

Docu-series where host Karley Sciortino goes on her journey of “slutty enlightenment”, where she looks into how female centric versions of sex based entertainment are being catered for.

In the show Karley looks into the episodes theme where she initially interviews people on the street to get their opinions, then heads off to find out if what she’s looking for can actually be found.

As she looks to get some answers Karley ends up going to various places that almost tick all the boxes, along with asking the people why they do what they do, who uses their services and if they believe what she is looking for is actually catered for.

By the end of the programme the service that Karley was looking for is found, the person supplying the service answers the questions and a conclusion is formed. It’s a pretty standard Viceland show that does exactly what you’d expect it to do.

4.1/10

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Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

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Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) – Premieres 12th January

Hosted by Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, this is a docu-series where he travels the world to sample the food and culture of the place he visits.

In the show Phil meets up with various people who live and work in the city he visits, and they take him around the main culinary centres. When there he’s introduced to the dishes that are renowned in the area and they talk about how and why they are specific to the area and briefly go through how the dishes are made.

As well as visiting food markets and touring around iconic landmarks, Phil visits a couple of high end restaurants where he gets to sample the more refined versions of the foodstuffs he’s sampled earlier in the markets.

As a food travelog programme it’s watchable enough where along with the touring for the city, there’s a few comedy bits of him showing what he’s been introduced to in a video chat with his parents, as well as the running joke of berating his brother who is producing the show.

All in all it does the exactly what you’d want.

5.1/10

Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen)

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Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen) – Premieres 5th January

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, this show looks into the deaths, crimes and scandals linked to high profile celebrities.

The programme initially covers the aspect the show will look into, going through the timeline and giving a broad description on what had happened. Then with interviews to family members, attorneys and journalists they start to fill in the gaps with what they witnessed and at time assumptions as to what was going on.

Along with the interviews the programme also shows stock news footage of the subject, along with actual audio of emergency calls made during the main incidents to help add to the narrative. Though with everything that’s shown, nothing other than the previously reported facts are revealed, leaving this as an over sensationalised docu-series and doesn’t offer anything new.

It all comes across as one of the low budget schedule filler crime programmes that you normally see on Investigation Discovery, and unsurprisingly is a chore to get through.

1.8/10

Hitler’s Empire: The Post War Plan (AHC)

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Hitler’s Empire: The Post War Plan (AHC) – Premieres 26th December

A docu-series that looks into the plans that Hitler had in place to expand and develop the Nazi outposts after what he thought would be the simple victory of the European part of the war.

In the programme it shows the plans that were already in place to spread their special brand of fascism and how they were put into action. So along with the narration revealing the backstory and showing archival video footage, there are interviews with historians and authors as they explain how everything was plotted out, and then reveal how the Nazi plans were thwarted.

As AHC programmes go the is definitely one of their better efforts. There’s a visible improvement in production and content, though that said it does seem to lose some of it’s emphasis half way through leaving it to peter out towards the end.

3.1/10

The Detectives (CBC)

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The Detectives (CBC) – Premieres 10th January

A crime docu-series where the detective who led the investigation of a notorious crime is interviewed and narrates how the case was solved.

The programme starts off at the point where the police first arrive at the crime scene, then goes through the main discoveries and how they led the investigation. And then goes all the way through to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.

Along with the interview the programme reenacts what happened throughout the case, similar to the reenactments seen in Wormwood, and also shows some of the actual news footage shown at the time.

For what it is, it’s an interesting watch.

5.7/10

Undercover High (A&E)

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Undercover High (A&E) – Premieres 9th January

Like a mix between 60 Days In & This Is High School, seven young looking adults to go undercover as students for a semester in a high school in Topeka, Kansas.

During their time there the seven, after being given a false identity and social media accounts, try to fit in and and find out what the students get up to, and how the school can improve to help students from problems that have been arising recently.

While the programme isn’t as watchable as 60 Days In, the escalation of the online side gives it an interesting angle.

4.9/10

Final Appeal (Oxygen)

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Final Appeal (Oxygen) – Premieres 7th January

A docu-series where former prosecutor Loni Coombs along with Brian Banks, a man that was wrongly convicted and spent five years in jail, team up to look into cases where the people claim there are wrongfully imprisoned.

As the pair look over the original case files they interview the person claiming innocence, then begin to try and unearth evidence that supports their claim. Along with restaging the crime scene to spot any discrepancies, they interview family, neighbours and members of the police that worked the case. All the while trying to find the truth about what actually occurred.

The programme is a lot like a longer format version of Unlocking The Truth, and with it giving more time to an individual case allows it to get more in depth. It’s worth a watch.

6.3/10