Review: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun is a Swedish noir mystery thriller. This top notch TV series is a mix of Swedish, French, English, and unnamed Sámi languages. It’s currently streaming on Hulu.

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Review: Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard is a BBC mystery series in 4 episodes. It full of psychological and suspenseful secrets and surprises. Emily Watson stars in a role that’s unusual for her to play. She’s brilliant at it. There are some spoilers ahead.

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Review: The Gift (Atiye)

The Gift (the original title in Turkish is Atiye) is a mysterious journey into ancient secrets and modern efforts to unearth the unknown. This Turkish language TV series is on Netflix.

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Review: Balthazar, season 1

Balthazar is a French language crime drama featuring a male forensic pathologist in Paris who works with a female chief inspector. Season 1 is available on Acorn TV. A second season has already aired in France.

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Review: The Bonfire of Destiny (Le Bazar de la Charité)

The Bonfire of Destiny (Le Bazar de la Charité) is a French language melodrama that begins with a real historical event. The event was an 1897 fire in Paris that burned down a building housing a charity bazaar. Over 100 women died in the fire. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Review: Ultraviolet, season 2

Season 2 of the Polish series Ultraviolet is now streaming on Netflix. Ultraviolet is a police procedural with a twist: a group of private citizens who are adept with digital media help the police solve crimes. The group calls itself Ultraviolet.

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Review: The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor), season 4

The Heart Guy – called Doctor, Doctor in Australia where it originates – has 4 seasons available now on Acorn.TV in the U.S. This review will talk about season 4. The latest season has the same brilliant, self-destructive, charm that Dr. Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) has always delivered. There are some minor spoilers ahead.

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Review: Bloom, season 1

Bloom, from Australia, brings another sci fi series to lovers of the genre. It’s a six part series available on Hulu in the U.S. There are spoilers ahead.

Season 1 ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger, and season 2 is already in the works. Some beloved Australian stars lead this one – particularly Bryan Brown and Jacki Weaver.

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Review: The Accident

Sarah Lancashire, Joanna Scanlan, and Sidse Babett Knudsen star in The Accident, the final series in a trilogy by writer Jack Thorne. A lot of vocal Brits on Twitter hated it when it aired on Channel 4 in the UK. I found it gripping, complex and nuanced.

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Review: High Seas (Alta Mar), season 2

Season 2 of High Seas (Alta mar), a Spanish language TV series, was stronger in terms of plotting than season 1. The scenes of the ship sailing on the ocean looked a little better as well. I think Netflix decided to invest more money in this series when they saw it was a hit, and it shows. The series has been renewed for at least 4 seasons.

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