Yowzah! MHz Choice is bringing a whopping 41 new and returning international TV series and seasons to US and Canadian audiences this fall. Check out their extensive lineup!
For US- and Canada-based fans of international TV, particularly Euro TV, MHz Choice is the place to be this autumn, as the streamer has quite the lineup in store.
Kicking things off in September are the French historical crime drama Paris Police 1900, Italian noir crime drama The Alligator, and Welsh drama Fflam. October sees the North American premieres of Icelandic comedy Ordinary People, French drama A Long Lost Silence, and Italian series Makari: Sicilian Mysteries, followed by French crime drama Mongeville, German crime drama Enemies, and Italian mystery-crime drama Petra in November.
These are but some of the brand new Euro TV titles headed to MHz Choice over the next three months. The streamer is also bringing new episodes/seasons of longtime and recent fan favorites, including Italian mystery series Don Matteo and Swedish crime drama The Hunters, as well as several of the local/regional series within the “Tatort” German crime drama franchise.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to the Euro TV titles, MHz Choice will premiere its first-ever series from Japan and South Africa.
The full fall schedule and program details are below.
All premiere dates shown below are subject to change at any time and without notice.
Movie of the Week: Season 4 (France) — September 6
This anthology series returns with 16 French movies, from dramas and comedies, to fantasy and mystery titles. With one debuting each week, we’ll have enough to take us through the end of the year.
UFOs: Season 1 (OVNI(s)) (France) — September 6
Set in 1978, this sci-fi comedy series follows Didier Mathure (Melvil Poupaud, Laurence Anyways), a space engineer whose expensive government-funded rocket explodes on takeoff. With his career on the verge of imploding, Didier is given the chance to get back into the good graces of the national space program through a new role: as the head of an eccentric research group tasked with finding scientific explanations for UFO sightings. Then an extraordinary event upsets his certainties and opens the door to a world where nothing is impossible…
The Alligator (L’alligatore) (Italy) — September 13
Based on the “Alligator Mystery” novels by Massimo Carlotto, this noir crime drama centers on Marco Buratti (Matteo Martani, The Bastards of Pizzofalcone), a former blues singer who spent seven years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit. Now released from prison, and with a newfound passion for justice, Marco embarks on a career as a private eye, using his hard-earned skills and underworld connections to good advantage.
Bukow & König: Season 5 (Polizeiruf 110) (Germany) — September 13
Charly Hübner (Tatort) and Anneke Kim Sarnau (Crime Scene Cleaner) will be back as Alexander Bukow and Katrin König — he a veteran cop who doesn’t mind working at the edge of the law to get results, she an analyst and profiler esteemed for her assessments and professionalism — in Episodes 22 and 23 of this police procedural series set in the city of Rostock.
The Diplomat (Die Diplomatin) (Germany) — September 13
Set in the world of high-stakes international diplomacy, this series returns with another trilogy of crime dramas starring Natalia Wörner (Berlin Station) as Karla Lorenz, a diplomat with the Federal Foreign Office who travels all over the world to help German citizens in emergency situations. (Video is from Season 1)
Tatort: Streets of Berlin (Germany) — September 13
Meret Becker (Babylon Berlin) and Mark Waschke (Dark) return for three new episodes of this crime drama as Inspectors Nina Rubin and Robert Karow. She’s a tough but compassionate and understanding cop, while he’s a cool, rational thinker with a healthy dose of mistrust for anyone and anything. Together they make a dysfunctional yet effective crime-fighting duo.
Arc de Triomphe (France) — September 20
This one-off documentary tells the story of the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’s most visited monuments and an enduring witness to history.
Fflam (Wales) September 20
Adapted from an original story by screenwriter and author Gwenno Hughes, this drama centers on Noni (Gwyneth Keyworth, Hidden, The Crown), whose future with Deniz (Memet Ali Alabora, Keeping Faith) looks bright as they build a new life together in Cardiff. But a chance encounter with another man — one she believes is her late husband Tim, who was killed in a fire, or someone who looks very much like him — risks destroying the new life she’s worked so hard to build. The six-episode drama costars Richard Harrington (Hinterland).
Paris Police 1900 (France) — September 20
Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, against the opulence of La Belle Epoque, this sweeping period crime drama weaves the Dreyfus Affair and the growing antisemitism in France into the backdrop of the story, which follows the police investigation into the murder of an unknown woman found in a suitcase floating in the Seine. Young and ambitious Inspector Antoine Jouin (Jérémie Lahuerta, Iskander) ends up investigating more than a murder as he uncovers state secrets and corruption.
1989: A Spy Story (Wendezeit) (Germany) — September 27
Petra Schmidt-Schaller (Marnow Murders) stars in this period thriller TV movie as Saskia Starke, a Stasi mole working at the US Embassy in West Berlin in October 1989. Then the Wall falls, and Saskia, actually a double agent, is targeted by the CIA.
Don Matteo: Season 11 (Italy) — September 27
This fan-favorite mystery series stars Terence Hill as Don Matteo, an ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. (Video is from Season 9)
Kinpika (Japan) — October 4
This drama follows three men who are out for revenge: Kenta Sakaguchi was a yakuza member who spent 13 years in prison for killing a rival boss. Hidehiko Hirohashi was a secretary for a politician who took the blame for the politician’s act. Isao Okawara was a self-defense official who took up arms against the government. They come together under retired ex-detective Gonzaemon Mukai and set about getting even with the people who betrayed and deceived them.
Pension Metsa (Japan) — October 4
Taking place in and around a one-room guest house nestled in the Nagano larch forest, this drama centers on guest house owner Tenko (Satomi Kobayashi), who finds herself in deep conversations with her visitors, who are often lost or at a key turning point in their lives. Although it seems like the guests are the ones learning new things about themselves, in the end it’s Tenko who finds a fresh direction in life. Each 30-minute episode features a single guest star, including an appearance in Episode 6 by actress Tôko Miura, who played the young chauffeur Misaki in the Oscar®-winning film Drive My Car.
Wilder: Season 2 (Switzerland) — October 4
Set in a remote and picturesque Alpine village, this mystery-crime drama series stars Sarah Spale (Night Train to Lisbon) as Swiss cop Rosa Wilder. After the intense and personal investigation in Season 1, the new season finds Wilder investigating a triple murder. (Video is from Season 1)
Allmen (Germany) — October 11
In the fourth episode of this humorous detective series based on Martin Suter’s “Allmen” novels, gentleman art thief-turned-amateur sleuth-turned professional fine art investigator Johann Friedrich von Allmen (Heino Ferch, Anatomy of Evil, Berlin Station) steals a famous Fabergé egg from its owner out of sheer boredom. Circumstances lead him to an even more brazen theft, for which he needs the help of his trusted Guatemalan valet, Carlos (Samuel Finzi, Flemming, Tatort: Borowski). But Allmen’s scheme gets complicated and downright dangerous. (Video is from Episode 3)
The Fox (Die Füchsin) (Germany) — October 11
Set in Düsseldorf, this crime drama follows the investigations of private detectives Anne Marie Fuchs (Lina Wendel, Silvi), a former Stasi spy, and her business partner, Youssef El Kilali (Karim Cherif, Turkish for Beginners), an Arab importer/exporter who fancies himself the next Sherlock Holmes. In Episode 6, a woman who doesn’t trust the police asks the detective duo for help after her husband is killed. And in Episode 7, it is Youssef’s niece who needs their help after her boyfriend is murdered. (Video is from the run of initial episodes)
Inspector Dupin (Kommissar Dupin) (Germany) — October 11
Adapted from Jean-Luc Bannalec‘s “Brittany Mystery” crime novels, this mystery series returns with two new episodes starring Pasquale Aleardi (Gotthard) as Georges Dupin, an ocean-fearing, seafood-allergic homicide inspector transferred from Paris to coastal Brittany. Episode 9 finds Dupin witnessing a killing, arresting the perpetrator, and delving into the mystery of this crime after there are two more victims. In Episode 10, Dupin tries to narrow down the list of suspects and find amongst them the murderer of a rich landowner. (Video is from the run of initial episodes)
Ordinary People: Season 1 (Venjulegt fólk) (Iceland) — October 11
This fast-paced comedy series centers on the friendship of Vala (Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir, Happily Never After) and Júlíana (Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir, Cop Secret). Best friends since drama school, they have taken different paths in life, with Vala pursuing (unsuccessfully) an acting career, while Júlíana has stepped away from acting to have two children with her husband. After Vala is invited to co-host a TV talk show with Júlíana, Vala ends up relegated to sidekick status. Everything is tested — friendship, marriage, motherhood, ambition — as success is unevenly distributed between the two friends.
A Long Lost Silence (Les hautes herbes) (France) — October 18
In this three-part thriller, 10-year-old Jules ends up staying with a young couple in the countryside after his mother has a bad accident. After one of the villagers disappears, long-held secrets and antagonisms start coming to light.
Makari: Sicilian Mysteries (Italy) — October 18
From the producers of Detective Montalbano comes this new series of mysteries based on Gaetano Savatteri‘s best-selling novels. Claudio Gioè (Mafia Only Kills in Summer, Anti-Mafia Squad) stars as Saverio Lamanna, a former press officer who, after losing his job in Rome, returns to his family home in Makari, Sicily, to write a book. There, with his ability to delve into people’s hearts and histories, he becomes involved in love and intrigue and mysteries — revealing all their secrets, crimes and faults…
Spin: Season 1 (Les hommes de l’ombre) (France) — October 18
MHz Choice will begin streaming in the fall all three seasons of this political drama starring Bruno Wolkowitch (Murder in the Morvan) as communications pro Simon Kapita, and Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral) as Ludovic Desmeuze, Simon’s former protégé. In Season 1, the French president is assassinated, and campaigns for the presidential candidates pit Bruno and Ludovic against each other.
Ordinary People: Season 2 (Venjulegt fólk) (Iceland) — October 25
See the Season 1 description above.
La Porta Rossa: Season 2 (Italy) — October 25
In the first season of this supernatural crime thriller, Trieste cop Leonardo Cagliostro (Lino Guanciale, Palermo Connection) is murdered, but instead of leaving the land of the living by going through the red door, he stays here (as a ghost) to find his killer and to save the life of his wife, Anna (Gabriella Pession, Crossing Lines). Season 2 opens several months later, with Cagliostro having another vision of the future that involves another member of his family being in danger. This prompts him to investigate a murder he believes is connected, and for this he needs the help of his I-see-dead-people friend Vanessa (Valentina Romani, The Sea Beyond). (Video is from Season 1)
Broll (Germany) — October 25
Adapted from Für immer tot, Book 2 in Bernhard Aichner‘s “Max Broll” crime novel series, this mystery-crime drama stars Laurence Rupp (Barbarians, Murder by the Lake) as gravedigger Max Broll, and Jürgen Vogel (Blochin, The Team) as former soccer professional Baroni. Together Broll and Baroni make up a very unlikely and unusual detective duo.
Tatort: Borowski: Season 6 (Germany) — October 25
Axel Milberg (Berlin Station) returns as Klaus Borowski, the quixotic, socially inept, equal opportunity offender of a detective who solves crimes in the port city of Kiel. The new season finds him and his partner, Mila Sahin (Almila Bagriacik, 4 Blocks), investigating a suicide, the discovery of a human skeleton, and the death of a young woman.
Enemies (Ferdinand von Schirach: Feinde – Das Geständnis) (Germany) — November 1
This crime drama stars Oscar® nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa) and Grimme Award winner Bjarne Mädel (Crime Scene Cleaner). When a schoolgirl is kidnapped and her wealthy parents receive a ransom demand, police inspector Peter Nadler (Mädel) investigates and is certain about who the culprit is. However, the accused’s defense attorney, Konrad Biegler (Brandauer), sets about turning the tables on the case to save his client, whether innocent or guilty.
The Hunters: Season 2 (Jägarna) (Sweden) — November 1
In the new season of this crime drama, new revelations about a case from 15 years ago cause former police officer Erik Bäckstrom (Rolf Lassgård, Death of a Pilgrim, Wallander) to revisit it, as he and the other cops involved question whether they found the right suspect. (Available to stream in the US only) (Video is from Season 1)
Mongeville (France) — November 1
The made-for-TV movies Magellan et Mongeville and Mongeville et Magellan: Un Amour de Jeunesse spawned two mystery-crime drama series. One is Magellan, starring Jacques Spiesser as Inspector Simon Magellan, which has become a fan-favorite show on MHz Choice. The other is this one starring Francis Perrin, who reprises his role as former investigating judge Antoine Mongeville. Similar to the telefilms, this series sees Mongeville teaming up with a no-nonsense police detective to solve tricky mysteries in Bordeaux.
Spin: Season 2 (Les hommes de l’ombre) (France) — November 1
This season of the political drama finds the new French president calling on PR guru Simon Kapita (Bruno Wolkowitch) to handle a scandal involving a cabinet minister. As other crisis situations arise and certain truths come to light, Ludovic Desmeuze (Grégory Fitoussi) makes Simon an offer that he can refuse to his peril…
Ordinary People: Season 3 (Venjulegt fólk) (Iceland) — November 8
See the Season 1 description above.
Petra (Italy) — November 8
Based on the best-selling novels by Alicia Gimenéz-Bartlett, this character-driven procedural crime drama follows the ingenious and unconventional Petra Delicato (Paola Cortellesi, Figli). While working a tiresome desk job, she is suddenly thrust onto the front line, tasked with solving violent crimes alongside old-school policeman Antonio Monte (Andrea Pennacchi, Suburra). The two couldn’t be more different, but their shared determination to uncover the truth leads to a surprisingly successful partnership, whether they’re grappling with the stark realities of Genoa’s criminal underworld or exploring the meaning of life.
Waterfront (South Africa) — November 8
Set in the underworld of one of South Africa’s leading tourist destinations, the V&A Waterfront, this family drama follows three estranged sisters, who must return to the family boat-building business in the Cape Town harbor after their father dies. But all is not what they think it is, as there is a twist in this dark tale of secrecy, sibling rivalry, and cutthroat business practices.
Cheeky Business (3615 Monique) (France) — November 15
Set in the Parisian suburbs in the early 1980s, this comedy series tells the (fictional) tale of the invention of the first adult messaging service using the Minitel, an online videotex service accessible through telephone lines in France. The series follows three friends — college students Stéphanie (Noémie Schmidt, The Break), Simon (Arthur Mazet, Perfect Murders), and Tony (Paul Scarfoglio, Skam France) — who find themselves short on cash but full of visionary knowledge about how to use the new messaging technology. With comic trial and error, they start a sex-chat telephone service and unknowingly create the first social network in history.
Grassroots (South Africa) — November 15
This coming-of-age drama follows two teen boys from the rural Eastern Cape who relocate to a boarding school in Johannesburg to follow their dreams of being rugby stars.
Spin: Season 3 (Les hommes de l’ombre) (France) — November 15
In the final season of this political drama, there is another assassination and more scandals and crises rock the French government. As various players fight for their political, if not mortal, survival, spin doctor Simon Kapita (Bruno Wolkowitch) grows increasingly disillusioned by what he sees as the quest for and manipulative use of power at any cost. Regardless, life within and aspirations for the Elysée Palace continue…
Wilder: Season 3 (Switzerland) — November 22
In the third season of this mystery-crime drama series, Swiss cop Rosa Wilder (Sarah Spale) investigates the death of a fellow officer, which looks suspiciously like murder.
Tatort: Lindholm: Season 2 (Germany) — November 22
In this crime drama’s new season opener, detective and single mother Charlotte Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler, Commissario Brunetti) is transferred to Göttingen, where she and her new partner, Anaïs Schmitz (Florence Kasumba, Deutschland 89), investigate the birth of a baby to a teen girl on school grounds and the disappearance of both mother and newborn. (Video is from Season 1)
Voiceless (Bella da morire) (Italy) — November 22
Cristiana Capotondi (The Ignorant Angels) stars in this mystery-crime drama as Eva Cantini, a police inspector who returns to her hometown to support her sister, Rachele (Benedetta Cimatti, Inspector Coliandro), a single mother. As soon as Eva starts her new job, she and her colleague, Marco Corvi (Matteo Martari, The Bastards of Pizzofalcone), as well as chief prosecutor Giuditta Doria (Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Donna Detective), get busy with the case of the mysterious disappearance of an aspiring showgirl.
UFOs: Season 2 (OVNI(s)) (France) — November 29
See the Season 1 description above.
Murder by the Lake: Season 3 (Die Toten vom Bodensee) (Germany) — November 29
In the new season opener of this cross-border crime drama set around Lake Constance, German homicide inspector Micha Oberländer (Matthias Koeberlin, Charité) and his Austrian partner, Hannah Zeiler (Nora von Waldstätten, The Team), investigate a murder that seems to be connected to a long-forgotten curse. (Video is from Season 2)
The Promise (La Promesse) (France) — November 29
Olivier Marchal (The Crimson Rivers) leads the cast of this mystery-crime drama as Police Captain Pierre Castaing, who is in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of 11-year-old Charlotte Meyer during a storm on Boxing Day 1999. Meanwhile, a few hundred kilometers away, Sarah Castaing (Sofia Essaïdi, Kepler(s)), an investigator in the Juvenile Brigade, is likewise confronted with the disappearance of a young girl — and it involves the same suspect as in Pierre’s case…
Unless otherwise noted, the shows will stream on MHz Choice in both the US and Canada. All are currently set to premiere / begin streaming on the dates shown above, so mark your calendars! (Just remember that circumstances could cause the scheduling to change at any time and without notice.)
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