Review: Scott & Bailey (S8 E8/8), Wednesday 29th October, ITV

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[Here be spoilers…]

Things took a very gruesome turn for our lady cops last week. Now Janet (Lesley Sharp) and Rachel (Suranne Jones) have to deal with the fall-out from their discovery of the body on the moors near a dilapidated farm. Amazingly, their corner of Greater Manchester is the scene of 21st century slavery. Continue reading

Review: The Missing (S1 E1/8), Tuesday 28th October, BBC1

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I’ve been putting off writing about The Missing for a little while. Why? I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it for a few weeks. I had read the write-ups and the PR bumf with intrigue, and I had seen the interviews and the trailers. Reading the set-up gave me a heavy, sinking feeling; the feeling you get when you know something you’re going to watch or do will be hard and emotional. You know it’s going to be a slog and you shudder at the thought of being put through the wringer for eight weeks. But there I was last night, watching it, engrossed and into it.  Continue reading

Transmission date confirmed for season two of The Fall

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Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson in The FallIt’s one of the most anticipated crime dramas of the year, and the good news is that the BBC has confirmed the transmission date for The Fall’s second series. The series – written and directed by Allan Cubitt – garnered a strong following during its first series thanks to some mesmerising performances by Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, a compelling cat-and-mouse chase between the meticulous serial strangler Paul Spector and his pursuer DCI Stella Gibson and some terrifying scenes of stalking and strangling. So we’re all set up for series two. All will be revealed after the jump, as well as the latest trailer. Continue reading

Review: Lewis (S8, E3/6), Friday 24th October, ITV

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Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) seems to be enjoying his hobby-bobbying stint; could it have anything to do with the increasing number of female police officers he finds himself working with these days? All right, perhaps his former boss Det Supt Innocent (Rebecca Front) is a bit too confrontational. When he was on the strength of Oxford police she could be quite cruelly dismissive. But even she is now listening to the seasoned cop’s authoritative intuition. And he’s getting on famously with DC Lizzie Maddox (Angela Griffin), who is still appreciating his role as a buffer between her and boss Hathaway (Laurence Fox). Continue reading

Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E7/8), Wednesday 22nd October, ITV

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[Here be spoilers…]

We knew it would happen; Rachel’s inexperience and propensity for rushing in where angels fear to tread (and usually without backup) causes her to make a terrible error, placing both Janet (Lesley Sharp) and DC Chris Cowley (Danny Webb) in grave danger in this first half of the two- part series finale. Continue reading

Review: Grantchester (S1 E3/6), Monday 20th October, ITV

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Grantchester-series-itvConsider 1950s Grantchester. A bucolic oasis of tranquility where strict social mores are observed, emotions are suppressed and the British stiff upper lip is in full effect. Which is part of the idea of course – a place so supine isn’t supposed to have to deal with murder or mayhem of any kind. And the local priest, Sidney Chambers, is in no way qualified to investigate any sort of murder. But there’s the paradox – Sidney is so bored with Grantchester any sort of excitement (up until now jazz records, a cider and a sausage at the pub and ciggie out of the window) he’ll gobble up anything that passes itself of as excitement. Continue reading

Review: Lewis (S8 E2/4), Friday 18th October, ITV

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Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) seems to have become a more laid-back character since his official retirement. We can thank lovely Laura (Clare Holman) for that; all our morose hero really needed was her wholly clear-sighted, phlegmatic outlook on life. After all, she has by far the grosser job to do, but somehow she has always had the useful knack of being able to leave the horrors at her surgery door. Why she hasn’t chewed him out about going back to work we can’t fathom – in his later years man’s inhumanity to man has only served to rile him, so she is right to have reservations about his consultancy work. Continue reading