REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E5/6)

Last week’s episode outlined several rookie mistakes in social etiquette a parvenu should never make when throwing a grand soirée. First, a host must never leave his guests to have sex – even if it is with his wife. Don’t compound this error by reminding the guest of honour that he might have laid the…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd September)

It’s another busy week in crime drama land. We say goodbye to Peaky Blinders and Darkness: Those Who Kill, but we say hello to some very intriguing series… Boston-based City On A Hill, starring Kevin Bacon, and Netflix’s Criminal, which stars – among others – David Tennant. Enjoy! 1 Peaky Blinders *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*…

REVIEW: Darkness: Those Who Kill (S2 E5&6/8)

After last week’s major twist, Danish series Darkness: Those Who Kill had perked up considerably from its lukewarm opening two episodes. At the end of episode four, we found out that Stine was the dominant partner of the two, and it was her that was doing the killing. Anders Kjeldsen was the animal – in…

REVIEW: The Flatey Enigma (S1 E2/4)

For confirmed Icelandophiles like myself, episode one of The Flatey Enigma was pure nectar: an engaging mystery, a likable, interesting central character, 1970s period detail, Icelandic Sagas lore, and stunning, windswept coastal scenery. These elements make for an engaging It reminded me of a prototypical Sunday night drama you’d find here in the UK, but…

Series three of Top Boy starts today on Netflix

We wanted to give series three of Top Boy a separate post, because it really does have the potential to be one of the best crime series this year. The series – which started life on Channel 4 – is the Set on a fictional estate in Hackney, east London, it follows the plight of…

Netflix to adapt Harlan Coben novel as Polish series

Award-winning crime novelist Harlan Coben is hot property in TV at the moment. We’ve already had a few Netflix series, and now another of his novels is get the treatment from the streaming giant… but this time as a Polish original series. The Woods will be a six-part series that will be broadcast in 2020….

BBC releases first trailer for Dublin Murders

Another series we can’t ait to see is Sarah Phelps’ adaptation of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels, Dublin Murders. It’s just around the corner and now the BBC has released the first trailer. Dublin Murders is set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium, and focuses on two murder…

Adam Pålsson cast as Kurt Wallander in Netflix origin series

One of the most anticipated shows for 2020 – at least for crime drama fans – is Young Wallander, an Endeavour-style origin series for our favourite Nordic ‘tec. Rolf Lassgård, Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh are the three men who have played Henning Mankell’s iconic Swede, and now we know who will be the fourth…

REVIEW: The Capture (S1 E2/6)

Last week’s opening episode of The Capture had a real zing and energy to it, and, on the evidence of that first instalment, looked set to be the Beeb’s latest hit, high-concept thriller. It was an achingly modern premise underpinned with familiar, classic tropes. It was a The Fugitive and North By Northwest noir-style dressed…

REVIEW: A Confession (S1 E2/6)

Jeff Pope’s latest true crime adaptation began last week in a strong and compelling fashion. The story, which is a painstaking account of the abduction and murder of Sian O’Callaghan, a 22-year-old woman from Swindon, Wiltshire, was sensitively handled and gave equal weight to the investigation – led by DS Steve Fulcher (Martin Freeman) –…

Jenna Coleman joins BBC One’s The Serpent

We’ve got one eye on The Serpent (no pun intended). Filming has now begun on the Mammoth Screen-produced series, which was previously announced will co-star Tahar Rahim as Charles Sobrhaj, one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th century. Now Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle have been cast in lead roles in Coleman will play…