ITV announces Martin Clunes crime drama, Manhunt

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One of the trends in crime drama this year is the ‘true crime drama’, stories based on rea-life events and adapted into a drama for the small screen. Already this year, we’ve had dramas on BBC One that have explored the Rochdale sex scandal and The Moorside, starring Sheridan Smith. Over on ITV, Stephen Graham starred in Little Boy Blue, which told the story of the murder of young Rhys Jones and his killers’ capture. Now we have another ITV crime drama in the works, telling another real-life story. Continue reading

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Why Big Little Lies won big at the Emmys

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HBO’s Big Little Lies – shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic – won big at the Emmys on Sunday night. It won Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie (Nicole Kidman), Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie (Alexander Skarsgard), Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special (Jean-Marc Vallée), and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or TV Movie (Laura Dern). That’s quite an impressive haul, and there’s no doubt the buzz around it and subsequent reviews of the show were very good. However, it was one of those shows that slipped through our net a bit – it premiered back at the start of the year, one of the busiest times in crime drama land. With that in mind, we thought now would be a good time to doff our cap and pay tribute to one of the starriest and unlikeliest crime drama hits of the year. Continue reading

Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. coming to television

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Under the umbrella of crime drama, there are many different sub-genres, demonstrating the breadth beneath it. We get procedurals, cosy crime, psychological thriller and mash-ups between genres (horror and crime being the most prevalent). One area that hasn’t been explored so much is Young Adult detective drama, but, thanks to a leading British production company, that may change very soon. Continue reading

Review: Liar (S1 E2/6), Monday 18th September, ITV

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

Episode one of Liar was a slick, tense she-said/he-said noir thriller, but it still made me feel uncomfortable watching it. In this age of transparency and encouragement to the survivors of sexual abuse, I often wondered whether this sort of drama, which pointed suspicion at a survivor, might do more harm than good – after all, we’re being asked to judge a woman that really shouldn’t be judged. Continue reading

Review: Rellik (S1 E2/6), Monday 18th September, BBC One

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

Last week’s opening episode presented us with a tricksy and challenging viewing experience – Rellik’s story started at the end and worked backwards thanks to a series of rewinds and flashbacks. Many won’t have enjoyed this, and the jury was out for me, too. On the one hand, Rellik could be a daring, bold telling of what is a fairly by-the-numbers procedural story, that flips our consumption of information and clues on its head; or it could be based on a gimmick that doesn’t actually work. I still couldn’t decide which side it fell on after this second episode. Continue reading

Review: Strike – The Silkworm (S2 E2/2), Sunday 17th September, BBC One

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

Set in the cut-throat world of publishing, one with which writer/exec producer JK Rowling must be familiar, The Silkworm is a murder mystery with a twist – all the suspects are featured in the victim’s final novel. But which character represents the killer? Continue reading

Strike to return in 2018 with Career Of Evil

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We’ll be bringing you our review of the second part of Strike – The Silkworm in due course, but there’s news out of the BBC that Tom Burke will return next year as Strike in Strike – Career of Evil as the war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. It’ll be the third adaptation of Robert ‘JK Rowling’ Galbraith’s Strike novels.

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