REVIEW Happy Valley (S3 E6/6)

Here we go then. The final episode of one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed British crime dramas of all time. I’ve thought long and hard about Happy Valley over the course of the week. It’s great to see it transcend genres, get huge press coverage and get people talking about what’s going to…

REVIEW Happy Valley (S3 E5/6)

I’ve always said that Happy Valley feels like a Western. And in this penultimate episode – the quiet before the storm – those comparisons were only strengthened. Tommy Lee Royce, the Big Bad, had broken free of his shackles thanks to the Kneževićs and was now holed up in a safe house after informing Darius…

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 6th – Sunday 12th February)

This week, we get Happy Valley’s replacement – The Gold – on BBC One, which dramatises the famous Brink’s Mat robbery of the early 1980s. We also get a couple of good-looking crime dramas thanks to Walter (one from Canada, the other from Switzerland), and there’s the return of You – Netlix’s high-profile serial killer…

BBC One confirms transmission date for The Gold

BBC One’s next, big primetime crime drama is – you guessed it – coming right after the end of Happy Valley. The Gold tells the (true) story of the Brink’s Mat robbery. In 1983, six armed men broke into the Brink’s-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow Airport, and inadvertently stumbled across gold bullion worth £26m….

NORDIC NOIR Finnish series Poromafia to debut on C More

Those in the Nordic territory will get a new Finnish crime series very soon. Poromafia (Reindeer Mafia) is set to start on the Nordic streaming service on 16th February. The series begins when Brita Nelihanka, the great arctic matriarch, is about to lose her fight against cancer. Her wealth is to be divided evenly between the members of…

BBC One confirms transmission date for Better

We’re getting another new crime drama on BBC One in early 2023. Better explores the complex and powerful bonds of loyalty and family, set in a world where everyone has their own version of “right” and “wrong”. Examining the power of human conscience, we follow DI Lou Slack’s (Leila Farzad) epic battle towards redemption, by bringing…

REVIEW Happy Valley (S3 E4/6)

Happy Valley – now on the backstretch – has imported a niggling, knotty feeling into my stomach. Much was made in this fourth episode that Catherine Cawood’s retirement was imminent. In a matter of days, the high sheriff of the valley would be hanging up her badge. Her colleagues had raised £2,000 for her send-off,…

BBC Four acquires North Sea Connection, confirms transmission date

Despite Viaplay initially saying it had the rights to North Sea Connection – first shown on RTE in its native Ireland – BBC Four has now announced that it has acquired the series. Furthermore, it’s just around the corner. Ciara Kenny (Lydia McGuinness) fishes the waters off Roskillane as her family has done for generations….

NORDIC NOIR Walter Presents confirms transmission date for Helsinki Crimes

A new Nordic Noir is coming our way, thanks to Walter Presents, this time based in Finland. Helsinki Crimes features Police Sergeant Timo Harjunpää from Helsinki Murder Squad, who would love to spend his summer holiday in peace and quiet with his family, but his relentless job follows him everywhere.  With his partner Onerva Nykänen,…

Top Boy star Jasmine Jobson signs up for ITVX’s

Jasmine Jobson will take the lead role of Lisa in a new psychological thriller, Platform 7, which will air on ITVX. The four-part series has been adapted by acclaimed and multi-award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne from the best-selling novel of the same title by Louise Doughty. Jasmine, most recently known for her Bafta-nominated role as Jaq in Top…

Channel 5 announces new thriller Blindspot with Ross Kemp

Former EastEnders star Ross Kemp – recently more known for gritty documentaries – has been tapped up by Channel 5 to star in a new crime series, Blindspot. The four-part series tells the story of Hannah Quinn, a disabled woman with a wry sense of humour, who works monitoring the CCTV on a rough estate….