July brings stateside Euro TV fans the premieres of eleven new and returning series, including the highly-anticipated new seasons of several titles.
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section. Viewers in the US can check the ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on the Euro TV Viewing Guide page.
All programs listed here are shown in their original language with English subtitles, except where noted. The trailers below, which may or may not have English subtitles, might not be suitable for all audiences; viewer discretion is advised.
The Simple Heist: Season 2 (Enkelstöten) (Sweden)
Jenny (Lotta Tejle, The Sandhamm Murders) and Cecilia (Sissela Kyle, Miss Friman’s War) — best friends and pensioners and more recently bank robbers — are back, and they’re planning another heist to help secure their financial future.
After they targeted banks in Season 1, the ladies’ new focus is Kalmar’s local aristocracy — namely the rich, tax-evading men who who play bridge at the gentlemen’s club, earn big money at taxpayers’ expense, and watch out for each other and no one else. Jenny and Cecilia’s new scheme: steal some precious and valuable art.
(Video is from Season 1)
Måns Nathanaelson (Beck) joins the cast of Season 2, which costars Tomas von Brömssen (Fallet), Ralph Carlsson (Alex), David Wiberg (The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared), and Pontus Edgren (Bonus Family).
The Art of Crime (L’art du crime) (France)
This modern-day mystery series revolves around crimes related to art and cultural property. Investigating them are Captain Antoine Verlay (Nicolas Gob, Chefs, A French Village) and Florence Chassagne (Eléonore Bernheim, Le silence de l’épervier, Maigret).
Antoine is a skilled detective who, after getting sacked from the Judicial Police for insubordination, is reassigned to the Central Office for Combating the Trafficking of Cultural Goods. As he knows nothing about art and culture, he’s paired up with Florence, a renowned art historian with no clue about police work.
In the series opener, a seemingly worthless painting of Anne of Brittany is stolen from Amboise Castle, and a murder victim is discovered in the castle’s gardens. Antoine ignores the art aspect of the case and devotes his energy to the homicide, while Florence focuses on the object of the theft. As the partners investigate their respective parts of the case, tensions flare up between them.
The series costars Benjamin Egner (Guilty as Charged) as Alexandre Pardo, Antoine’s friend and new boss, and Philippe Duclos (Spiral) as Pierre Chassagne, Florence’s art historian father. Guest stars in the first season include Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Spiral) and Frédéric Pellegeay (Caïn).
Detective Ellen Lucas: Season 2 (Kommissarin Lucas) (Germany)
Ulrike Kriener (Redemption Road) returns as the eponymous badass cop in ten more feature-length episodes of this long-running mystery-crime drama set in Regensburg, Bavaria. Stories feature Lucas and her team investigating several murders as well as missing persons cases.
Costarring Michael Roll (Lena Lorenz) and Tilo Prückner (Commissario Brunetti), Detective Ellen Lucas: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, July 9, exclusively on MHz Choice and the MHz Choice channel on Amazon.
Trapped: Season 2 (Ófærð) (Iceland)
Set three years after the events in Season 1, the second season of this Nordic noir mystery-crime drama opens in Reykjavik, where Iceland’s Minister of Industry is attacked outside Parliament. Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, The Widow), who’s been working for the police in the capital, has barely begun his investigation when he’s sent back up north to look into a possible connection between this attack and a planned protest in connection with the power plant project.
Going back is tough for Andri, given the breakdown of his family and his older daughter’s refusal to speak with him. And his reunion with Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Virgin Mountain), who replaced him as the Chief of Police, and her sidekick Ásgeir (Ingvar Sigurdsson, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) ends up including more than they bargained for: not only does the police trio conduct inquiries about the attack in Reykjavik and prevent the protest in front of City Hall from getting too far out of hand, they must also investigate the murder of a local man.
Costarring Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir (The Court), Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir (Prisoners), and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude), Trapped: Season 2 premieres in the US on Wednesday, July 10, exclusively on Prime Video.
Bonus Family: Season 3 (Bonusfamiljen) (Sweden)
In what is currently the final season of this award-winning dramedy, Martin (Fredrik Hallgren, The Sandhamn Murders) adjusts to life with a new partner and a baby, Lisa (Vera Vitali, Arne Dahl) and Patrik (Erik Johansson, The Truth Will Out) grapple with difficult news, and Katja (Petra Mede, Välkommen åter) reconnects with an old flame.
Bonus Family: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, July 12, exclusively on Netflix.
Banking District (Quartier des Banques) (Switzerland)
This French-language mystery-thriller revolves around the power struggles, intrigue, and secrets in the 300-year-old, family-run Grangier & Co. bank. Set in Geneva, the six-parter opens in January 2012 with the private Swiss bank’s director, Paul Grangier, being plunged into a coma from an insulin overdose. His unlikely successor is his sister Elizabeth (Laura Sepul, Public Enemy), the only person who suspects Paul was a victim of foul play.
Meanwhile, the Swiss banking industry and its members are under attack by US tax authorities, and the pressure is on Elizabeth to keep the family business alive and to discover what really happened to Paul.
Costarring Féodor Atkine (Murders in Lorraine), Arnaud Binard (Meurtres en Auvergne), and Brigitte Fossey (Le château des oliviers), Banking District premieres in the US on Tuesday, July 16, exclusively on MHz Choice and the MHz Choice channel on Amazon.
Killer by the Lake (Le tueur du lac) (France)
Set three years after the events in the hit thriller Vanished by the Lake, this follow-up mystery series finds Lise (now played by Julie De Bona, Innocente) and Clovis (Lannick Gautry, Maison close) married and the parents of nine-month-old Tom. They’ve also moved 200 miles away to Lac d’Annecy, where she is a police captain and he is a gendarmerie commander.
When the bodies of two women who were violently murdered are discovered within two days of each other, Lise is assigned as the lead detective on the case and gets assistance from Clovis. As they conduct the homicide investigation, they find the remains of a third victim. Now they’re looking for a serial killer, forcing Lise to face her past demons once again.
Meanwhile, Lise’s Alzheimer-stricken mum, Marianne (Marie-Anne Chazel, Deutsch-les-Landes), also relocated to Lac d’Annecy to a nearby care facility, but she continues to deteriorate. And Clovis is becoming increasingly distant, leading Lise to question everything she thought she knew about their marriage. But if they have any chance of catching the serial killer, the husband and wife must work together…
Costarring Julie Depardieu (Les Chamois), Philippe Lefebvre (Détectives), Clément Manuel (Public Enemy), and Pierre Perrier (The Returned), Killer by the Lake, a Walter Presents series, premieres in the US on Friday, July 19, on the PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon.
Money Heist: Part 3 (La casa de papel) (Spain)
What follows contains a major spoiler if you haven’t watched Parts 1 and 2.
With the biggest heist in history came the mistakes, the infighting, and finally the escape. Now the robbers have freedom and mucho dinero. But what looks like paradise is anything but for Rio (Miguel Herrán, Elite), who gets captured, forcing the Professor (Álvaro Morte, The Pier) to bring the team back together to set Rio free — by implementing another utterly audacious plan.
Costarring Úrsula Corberó (Snatch), Pedro Alonso (Grand Hotel), Alba Flores (Locked Up), Jaime Lorente (Elite), Esther Acebo (Antes de perder), Darko Peric (Mar de plástico), and Itziar Ituño (Lifeline), amongst others, Money Heist: Part 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, July 19, exclusively on Netflix.
Alex Hugo: Season 3 (France)
The Season 3 opener of this popular mystery-crime drama series finds former Marseille cop-turned-mountain municipal officer Alex Hugo (Samuel Le Bihan, Braquo) investigating a double death after discovering the bodies of Isabelle and Antoine Lefort in a mountain refuge. Isabelle had been suffering from an incurable disease, and Antoine must have wanted to remain with her even in death. Or did he?
Although Alex is saddened, he isn’t positive that this is a case of a tragic love story; rather, he’s convinced someone staged the scene of a double suicide.
(Video is from Season 2)
Costarring Lionnel Astier (No Second Chance) and Mikaël Fitoussi (Sous le soleil), Alex Hugo: Season 3 premieres in the US on Sunday, July 21, at 11 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
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Living A Lie: Season 2 (Byw Celwydd) (Wales)
The first season of this addictive drama (read more about it here) hasn’t completed its run in the US yet, but if what’s to come is as good as the episodes that have screened so far, then viewers are in for (more of) a treat.
The new season finds the rift between husband and wife politicians Dylan (Mark Lewis Jones, Stella) and Catrin (Eiry Thomas, The Indian Doctor) becoming an all-out feud, while her special adviser, the pregnant Lowri (Sara Lloyd-Gregory, Hinterland), grows even further apart from her TV news presenter husband, Tom (Sion Ifan, Merched Parchus), as he grows closer to Aled (Rhys ap Trefor, Torchwood), the First Minister’s special adviser. And this is just a fraction of the juicy storylines!
Starring Catherine Ayers (Keeping Faith) and Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch), Living A Lie: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, July 23, exclusively on MHz Choice and the MHz Choice channel on Amazon.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS COMING TO EUROCHANNEL
The Time of Secrets (Le temps des secrets) and The Time of Love (Le temps des amour) (France)
Based on French novelist and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol‘s autobiographical books of the same names in his “Childhood Memories” series, these coming-of-age movies — basically follow-ups to the fabulous, award-winning feature films My Father’s Glory (La gloire de mon père) and My Mother’s Castle (Le château de ma mère) — continue the story of Pagnol’s youth.
In The Time of Secrets, Marcel enters his teens and spends his final summer holiday in the hills of Provence with his friend Lili. During this time he falls in love for the first time, discovers that the grown-ups around him all have secrets, and risks losing his scholarship.
The Time of Love picks up where The Time of Secrets leaves off — with 16-year-old Marcel (Robin Causse, Captain Marleau) avoiding being expelled by the disciplinary committee and remaining in school in Marseille. Now a leader of sorts to his classmates, he passes his baccalaureate (i.e. gets his high school diploma), falls for his neighbor Clementine (Célia Bernard, Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie), and discovers his real vocation: writing.
Both movies star Pierre-François Martin-Laval (The Disappearance) and Armelle Deutsch (Vanished by the Lake) as Marcel’s parents, Joseph and Augustine Pagnol.
The Time of Secrets begins airing in the US on Thursday, July 18, at 8:30 PM ET / 9 PM PT, followed by The Time of Love on Thursday, July 25, at the same time, on Eurochannel.
(US viewers without access to Eurochannel can stream both The Time of Secrets and The Time of Love on Prime Video.)
The Skin of Sorrow (La peau de chagrin) (France)
Adapted from Honoré de Balzac’s novel The Wild Ass’s Skin, this period drama follows Raphaël de Valentin (Thomas Coumans, Transferts), a depressed and penniless 22-year-old aristocrat whose failures have driven him to the brink of suicide in 1832 France.
As Raphaël is about to throw himself in the Seine, blind antiquarian Oswald (the late Jean-Pierre Marielle, The Da Vinci Code) offers him a piece of animal skin — a skin of sorrows — that will grant Raphaël any wish. There’s a catch, though: for every wish granted, the skin will both shrink in size and reduce Raphaël’s time on earth. He accepts it anyway and asks for money, women, and other material pleasures. But when he realizes what the most important things in life are, especially the one that matters most to him, it’s too late.
Costarring Annabelle Hettmann (Elite Squad) and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Kaboul Kitchen), The Skin of Sorrow begins airing in the US on Wednesday, July 31, at 10 PM ET, on Eurochannel.
(US viewers without access to Eurochannel can stream The Skin of Sorrow on Prime Video.)
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS COMING TO TV5MONDE USA
Station Horizon (Switzerland)
One of my favorite Euro TV premieres of 2016, this gem of a drama follows prodigal son and new parolee Joris Fragnière (Bernard Yerlès, Meurtres à l’Île d’Yeu) as he returns to his hometown after a long absence.
Horizonville is an Americana-obsessed community in the Valais, and folks here listen to country music, do line dancing, and wear cowboy boots. One amongst them is Joris’ brother Charly (Gaspard Boesch, Boomerang), who took over running Station Horizon, the small petrol station built by their father, after the latter’s death. Feeling nostalgic, Joris decides to remain in Horizonville, but his stay divides the community and revives old tensions.
Shown in French with English subtitles, Station Horizon begins airing Tuesday, July 16, at 11 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
(US viewers without access to TV5Monde USA can stream Station Horizon on Netflix.)
Header photo credits: The Simple Heist (© FLX TV AB & TV4 AB) courtesy of Acorn TV; The Art of Crime courtesy of MHz Choice; Bonus Family (© Ulrika Malm) and Money Heist (© Tamara Arranz Ramos) courtesy of Netflix; Alex Hugo (© François Lefebvre / FTV) courtesy of TV5Monde USA; Killer by the Lake (© François Lefebvre / TF1 ) courtesy of Walter Presents / PBS Distribution
Did you miss any of the new shows and program additions from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Euro TV Viewing Guide 2019 Archives to find out.
For details about the July premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of programs from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place.
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