Review: Fortitude (S2 E5/10), Thursday 23rd February, Sky Atlantic

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1000There’s a common sci-fi trope whereby the protagonists are somehow trapped in a limited area with something trying to get them – think Alien, or Village of the Damned, or Under the Dome. Fortitude is a perfect example of the genre – or is it?

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Interview: David Tennant, Broadchurch

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broadchurch_s3As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David Tennant and Olivia Colman. We managed to get hold of an interview with David, so have a butcher’s after the jump… Continue reading

Walter Presents confirms transmission date for German crime drama, Nick’s Law

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nicks_law_ep3_-_nick_pointing_gunIt really is all happening at the moment, Brian. The addition of Walter Presents to the outlets that carry crime drama has been a real boon, and the Channel 4-affiliated streaming service (soon to launch in the US) has brought us delights from countries like France, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil and Germany. In fact, German crime drama is a real burgeoning cauldron of good stuff at the moment, and the imports continue with a new crime drama set in Frankfurt, starting next week.

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BBC confirms Follow The Money 2 transmission date

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15041762-nbvBBC4 has been a bit quiet on the crime front so far this year, with only repeats of The Young Montalbano occupying the Saturday-night slot so far. But from early March the channel goes back to doing what it does best on Saturday nights – Scandinavian crime drama. The first Scandi noir output for 2017 is series two of Danish yarn, Follow The Money, which proved to be a hit first time around.

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Anna Paquin crime drama, Bellevue, starts in Canada

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bellevue_ep101_092316_jt_0157Crime drama is everywhere at the moment, and broadcasters from all over the world have cottoned onto the fact that if you do one well it has global sellability. The BBC announced that BBC4 would be showing a Canadian crime drama on BBC4 later in the year – Cardinal – for the very first time in this country. Now Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, has launched a new crime series to great fanfare. It stars Oscar-winner Anna Paquin and is called Bellevue.  Continue reading

Review: The Kettering Incident (S1 E1&2/8), Wednesday 15th February, Sky Atlantic

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the-kettering-incidentOK, so this review is a week late and I apologise. I had watched the double-billed opening a week before it showed on Sky Atlantic, but then life sort of got in the way. I wanted to post it though, because this Australian series was intriguing and odd and infuriating and everything else in between. But before all that… I come from the Midlands in England, where near to my hometown there’s a town called Kettering. With apologies to all its inhabitants, it’s nothing too much to write home about. So when I saw that there was a series on Sky Atlantic called The Kettering Incident, I wondered whether it was going tell the story of the time I ran out of petrol near the town when I was driving on my way back from Peterborough. But, of course, The Kettering Incident has nothing to do with Kettering, Leicestershire and has everything to do with Kettering, Tasmania.  Continue reading

BBC reveals Line Of Duty series four trailer

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thandie_newton_is_under_suspicion_in_the_first_line_of_duty_series_four_trailerLast year, BBC2’s Line Of Duty – that helter-skelter thriller that tells the stories of anti-corruption unit AC-12 – really broke through. So much so, it received a promotion – after record-breaking viewing figures, it got shipped over to BBC1 for its fourth series, which will kick into a gear in the next month or so. And, with the Beeb’s promo machine cranking into gear, it released the first proper trailer last night after the first episode of SS-GB. Have a look-see after the jump… Continue reading