Review: The Disappearance (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 28th May, BBC4

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Programme Name: The Disappearance - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: celebrating her 17th birthday Lea Morel (CAMILLE RAZAT) - (C) Julien Cauvin - Photographer: Julien Cauvin

(C) Julien Cauvin – Photographer: Julien Cauvin

This French series – called Disparue in its native France – has attracted some big viewers in its home country, and some have even called it ‘the French Broadchurch’. It was inspired by Spanish series Desparecida, and has an-female production, writing and direction team, which gives it flavour and an interesting edge behind the camera. It only remained to be seen whether it matched the hype onscreen. Continue reading

Hinterland secures free-to-air access in the US

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hinterland-pagehero2The past few weeks has seen a resurgence in the popularity and topicality of Hinterland (Y Gwyll) – series two has recently finished on BBC4 and global viewers have, if our comments section is anything to go by, been engrossed in the saga thanks to its appearance on Netflix outside of the UK. So this next piece of news will delight our US readers…

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The Killing Times’ Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama: The runners and riders

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EURO2016With the footballing equivalent of Euro 16 set to kick off on Friday 10th June, we thought we’d have a bit of fun here at The Killing Times and stage our own tournament, featuring the best crime series from across the continent as selected by us (well, me really). We’re expecting the ‘matches’ to be fiercely contested and to feature some of the heavy-hitters from across the continent. Here’s what’s going to happen… Continue reading

Third season of True Detective ‘unlikely’

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true-detective-poster-16x9-1The first series of True Detective – which seems like an age away – won our inaugural drama of the year back in 2014. Even though it was flawed and pretentious, not to mention neglectful and one-dimensional in its presentation of female characters, we hadn’t quite seen the likes of it before. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s performances were what really lifted it from from the good to the excellent, but series two? Although it had its moments, it really didn’t hit the heights of the first series anywhere near enough. And yet we still want more. Sadly, it looks as though a third series might never happen. Continue reading

Hans Rosenfeldt reveals ‘Halloween’ plot for season four of The Bridge; confirms Sofia Helin

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tumblr_nxryb2ZYzc1s67arho1_1280Stop everything. Word reaches us via our friends at Scanoir.co.uk (who, in turn, quote The Local), that Hans Rosenfeldt has been speaking about series four of The Bridge on a podcast in Sweden. Rosenfeldt not only chatted away about the plot of that forthcoming series in nice detail but also confirmed that the key cast members had signed on for the fourth, and last, run. Continue reading