American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson was an excellent series, retelling the OJ story in fine fashion. Ryan Murphy’s anthology series based on true, high-profile crimes looked set to continue with Katrina, a look at the hurricane in New Orleans, the devastation it caused and the almost Wild West criminal environment it produced. However, the American Crime Story (ACS) franchise has hit a few problems, with Katrina being shelved and Versace promoted to next in line. Thankfully the BBC announced that it had picked it up for broadcast in the UK.
I’ve read quite a few reviews saying that this second series of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake is an unholy mess – characters are unlikeable, scenes are cringe-worthy and the male characters are all heinous brutes. But I really enjoyed the first two episode, which showcased an intriguing and very dark murder plot and some interesting character progression. In episode three however, things went off the rails in a big way.
Well, they come like buses. You don’t hear from any Scandinavian favourites for a while and then two come along in the same day. Earlier, there was The Bridge’s series four trailer earlier today, and now it’s Jordskott’s turn. The series, starring Moa Gammel, is back for its second run later this year, and now there’s a trailer.
Despite the sheer weight of new crime drama this year, there’s only one series we’ve got our eyes on. (Actually, that’s not entirely true, we have our eyes on series six of Spiral, a couple of things on Netflix, the Williams brothers’ Rellik, and The Deuce on HBO/Sky Atlantic). But for dramatic effect, let’s just assume that we have indeed got our eyes on one particular series – the fourth instalment of The Bridge. Or Bron, or Broen, depending on where you come from. There is excitement in the air because the first proper trailer has been released. Ch-ch-ch-check it out!
I’ll say it now – although one of his most iconic, The Birds isn’t one of favourite Alfred Hitchcock films. Released in 1963 and based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, it starred Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor and… well, I’m sure you know the story by now. News reaches us that the BBC is planning a remake, set in the UK.
Any long-time viewers of Twin Peaks will have been at once beguiled, terrified and intrigued, as well as frustrated, by this extraordinary third series. We’ve been waiting patiently through all the errant, seemingly innocuous and scattered scenes and new characters, hoping that Good Coop is finally revived from his catatonic state and that Bad Coop is returned to The Black Lodge. Finally, finally, by the end of part 14, things looked as though they were on the move.
There has been so much crime drama on recently I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, but in among all the stuff that’s been on it’s easy to spot the wheat from the chaff. There seems to have been more quantity than outstanding quality this year, and one of the series that has really impressed me (so far) has been Netflix’s Ozark. Now there’s news of a second series.