Six Must-see new US crime dramas this autumn

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TheAffairShowtime[1]The nights are drawing in, which can only mean one thing. It’s autumn. Or fall if you’re American. It also means that here’s a new batch of crime dramas about to start in the US, which will inevitable make their way over to the UK at some point in the future. That’s two things. With a host of new stuff starting as early as today (Monday 22nd September), the new season has definitely started. So I thought I’d take a look at what’s out there and what looks like investing your time in. Aside from the usual-sounding stuff, there’s a drama on cable network Showtime that has the potential to be one of the most intriguing and best of the season. Continue reading

Review: Crimes Of Passion (S1 E4/6), Saturday 20th September, BBC4

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The time lapses between episodes in this series are undefined but they would seem pretty lengthy. Our sleuthing lovers Einar and Puck Bure are now obviously falling into a lull after about two years of marriage, the stage at which couples are over the first flush of romance and are beginning to question the wisdom of entering into the institution of marriage. Still, the pair take something of a back seat in Roses, Kisses And Death, as an off-duty Christer Wijk (Ola Rapace) tries to take a break from work and moves the action into full Agatha Christie territory. Continue reading

First image from Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime revealed by BBC

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A few months ago we ran a story detailing the BBC’s plans for Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary next year (read it here). It had signed a new deal with Christie’s estate to make new adaptations, the top-line being Agatha Christie’s married couple Tommy and Tuppence to life in a brand-new six-part adventure series for the channel. Filming has already started on the series – touted for Christmas 2015 – and yesterday the BBC released the first image.

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Review: Scott & Bailey (S4 E2/8), Wednesday 17th September, ITV

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SCOTT_AND_BAILEY_EP2_12It had to happen; Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones), deliriously happy after being promoted last week, began to unravel mentally in double-quick time in the second episode. The pressure of her sudden and ill-advised elevation to the rank of detective sergeant saw her jackbooting around the nick like a Top Shop-clad SS officer. Not the kind of boss you need when you are about to detonate an emotional time bomb of a cold case.

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Report: Seven actresses reading for True Detective 2

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dawson-is-elektra-coming-to-daredevil-played-by-rosario-dawsonAnd so the merry-go-round continues. We’ve seen more casting news, counter news, rumour and conjecture for the female lead on True Detective than we care to shake a totem at. And now news reaches me that seven – seven! – actresses are now reading for the lead female role. Please, just get this sorted already. In the meantime, here’s the skinny. Continue reading

Review: Glue (S1 E1/8), Monday 15th September, E4

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Jack Thorne, one of the hottest young writers in the country, is behind this strong new crime drama. Thorne has been responsible for things like Skins and The Fades in the past, which have told the stories of disenfranchised youth, and even though this and his aforementioned projects have appeared on channels like E4 and BBC3, and have been squarely aimed at younger audiences, there has been much to like. Glue is also being positioned in the youth market, but even though some may shirk at anything made by the man behind Skins, Glue is absolutely worth a watch.

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Interview: Charlotte Spencer, Glue

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TinaE4’s new, Jack Thorne-penned thriller, Glue, starts tonight (Monday 15th September) and it’s well worth a watch. It has been described as Skins meets Broadchurch, which is fair enough, and is a beautiful exploration of what’s like to be young person growing up in an isolated British village. It boasts an impressive ensemble cast, led by Charlotte Spencer, and include one member of Rizzle Kicks. Forget that it’s a ‘youth’ drama – there’s much to like here. Let’s see what Charlotte Spencer (who has appeared in Line Of Duty, as ill-fated teen Carly) has to say about it all… Continue reading