NORDIC NOIR Karppi start date and trailer unveiled

One of our favourite Nordic Noirs, from Finland no less is Karppi (or Deadwind in English). It’s due to begin its third and final series this month, and now we have a trailer. In series three, Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) and Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) once again work together in chasing a brutal murderer, whose…

REVIEW The Long Call (S1 E1/4)

Ann Cleeves has had a long and distinguished writing career, and is already the creative brain behind the brilliant Vera and Shetland. Those two series featured the likes of Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – strong, idiosyncratic characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves, and are ultimately good people. They often solve crimes in…

BBC unveils first-look images for A Very British Scandal

The BBC has unveiled a batch of first-look images from the upcoming second series of A Very British Scandal. Starring the likes of Claire Foy, Paul Bettany and Julia Davis, it’s penned by Killing Times favourite, Sarah Phelps. This second series focuses on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, one of the…

ITV confirms transmission date for The Tower

Yes, there’s another new crime drama coming on ITV. The channel is pumping them out left, right and centre at the moment (probably in order to clear the schedules for I’m A Celebrity), and The Tower is a three-part drama starring Gemma Whelan. It’s also being stripped across the week. Homeland screenwriter Patrick Harbinson has adapted…

Happy Valley coming back to BBC One in 2022 for third series

We’ve speculated for the past five years whether Happy Valley will return for a third series. It’s never been ruled out, but each year we include it in our previews in the hope this year will be the year. Now today, the BBC has confirmed that the Sally Wainwright-created series will be returning in 2022…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 25th – Sunday 31st October)

It’s choc-full at the moment in Crime Drama Land, with a couple of big hitters this week. Ann Cleeves’ latest adaptation, The Long Call, is stripped across the week on ITV, while the BBC’s newest Sunday-night offering is Show Trial. Look out also for Angel Of Death on Walter Presents, while we bid farewell for…

REVIEW Paris Police 1900 (S1 E5&6/8)

After last week’s simply superb double-bill, my hopes were high that this incredibly meaty, dense and cinematic series would carry on its intensity and intrigue. And more or less, it certainly didn’t disappoint. You got the sense that episode five was almost a breather after all that action and craziness of the previous instalments –…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E1/6)

Isn’t it strange. The bleaker and more stark the landscape is – and the less populated an island or country is – the more comforting a crime drama seems to be. Take Shetland for example. Now on to its sixth series, this hardy perennial is set on those beautiful, windswept islands north of Scotland, and…

REVIEW Hollington Drive (S1 E4/4)

Every time I saw the name Hollington Drive, I kept mistaking it for David Lynch’s warped neo-noir, Mulholland Drive. Obviously, these two stories are poles apart in terms of tone and look, but what unites them is a sense of place – and an inference that the street the protagonists dwell in somehow influences their…

Channel 5 confirms transmission date for Dalgliesh

One of the things we’ve been looking forward to this autumn is the new adaptation of legendary crime novelist PD James’ classic character, Dalgliesh. Set in the mid-1970s, Bertie Carvel takes the lead role as the titular detective, and the six-part series will be shown in double bills every week. In Episodes one and two,…

BritBox releases first trailer for Irvin Welsh adaptation Crime

We know that an adaptation of Irvin Welsh’s Crime is coming soon to BritBox. We now not only know when it’s landing but we’ve also got a trailer. The series tells the story of Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, a man engaged in a disturbing battle with his own demons, through the demanding and very public…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E2/6)

Last week’s series opener compellingly laid the platform for the third and final series of Craith, and offered up an intriguing murder mystery as only Craith could – present a number of suspects in bleak and beautiful landscapes, each of them living hard, unforgiving lives. As we all know by now, Craith is more of…