BBC confirms transmission date for Requiem

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We’re about to have two Wales-set series in our midst. Craith is going great guns over on S4C, but now BBC One joins the fun with the six-part Requiem, which looks for all the world like a crime/horror mash-up. And now we know when it’s going to start. Continue reading

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Review: Spiral (S6 E7&8/12), Saturday 20th January, BBC Four

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Joséphine has always been tightly-wound, but usually, she manages to maintain a certain sang-froid – this week she loses it completely, and the repercussions are bound to be immense. At the same time, the CID will have to pay for the disastrous raid on the Roma camp – someone’s going to get the chop, and our money is on the hapless Beckriche.    Continue reading

Review: Hard Sun (S1 E3/6), Saturday 20th January, BBC One

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The British tabloids this week made heavy weather of the violence in last Saturday’s episode of Hard Sun, reporting on multiple tweets from viewers being put off their suppers by the relentless gore and grim nature of the show. Whether this has anything to with the show allegedly hemorrhaging it’s audience share across the last few weeks is debatable for a series available in full on demand, but certainly anybody expecting it to dial back on the bloodshed were going to be disappointed with this third episode, which introduced Richard Coyle (The Fall, Born To Kill) as the season’s emerging main villain hellbent on a religious killing spree. Continue reading

Review: Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders (S1 E1/7), Friday 19th January, More4

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And so we head back up north to Kiruna, in Sweden, for another Scandi treat of a crime drama series, starring the preternaturally striking Ida Engvoll as a hotshot lawyer in a new adaptation of Åsa Larsson’s novels. Interestingly, it’s not the first time Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson series has been on our screens: Isabella Scorupco played Martinsson in a 2007 film called Solstorm, which was much more faithful to the original book. In this adaptation, things seem to have changed – out go some of the bloodier elements of the original, and in comes some ‘softer’ plot devices. Which may actually be a good thing. Continue reading

Filming set to start on series two of Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes; Dennis Lehane joins writing room

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Filming is set to begin on the second season of US drama Mr. Mercedes, the Audience Network drama based on the novel by Stephen King. That’s great news, apart from one thing: no one has seen it in the UK and, as far as we know, no network has picked it up for broadcast. Sort it out! Continue reading